New Youth Development Centre takes on ‘Satellite’ concept

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THE newly-opened branch of the Youth Development Centre in Belait has been described as a centre for training and development of youth based on the current employment needs of the community as well as on requirements from the local oil and gas industry.

"The "Satellite Concept" employed in the course conducting mechanism at the Belait branch of the Youth Development Centre is unique from that employed at the centres in the Brunei-Muara district, because it is based on the local needs and the needs of the community groups,” said the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS), Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah, in his speech at the launching ceremony.

“This learning concept is seen to effect a visible impact when the new courses to be offered here are relevant to the requirements of the job market that are able to offer immediate employment."

The Minister added that the centre hoped to encourage more youth from Tutong and Belait districts to take up the skill training offered at the centre, remarking that registration statistics from the past five years have shown that 343 applicants are from these two district.

The 19-year old institution has trained 2,825 youths in various programmes including its Youth Development Programme, Short-Term Programmes and Short Courses, equipping them with employable skills in a wide range of fields such as agriculture, food, construction and oil and gas.

“This does not include non-schoolgoing youth and the unemployed from these districts, who may not be aware of the course opportunities at the centre,” said the minister.

After signing on the new building's plaque, the Minister toured the centre's learning unit, where its flagship nine-month AutoCAD (computer-aided design software) course has been running since September 15.

Its 14 students are currently completing the first three months of classroom learning, after which they can opt to continue with a three-month Architecture Course or a Career Programme run by local company Petrojaya Sdn Bhd.

The final three months of the course will see students taking part in a Work Attachment Programme.

Also present were Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Hamid Hj Mohd Jaafar, Permanent Secretary at MCYS, Hj Haris Othman, Belait District Officer, and Haswandi Hj Osman, Acting Assistant Director of the Youth Development Centre.

The latest Youth Development Centre building, which overlooks the Kuala Belait coastline, was formerly a government resthouse and has been converted for various temporary uses in the past, including a quarantine area during the H1N1 outbreak in 2010.

The Brunei Times