Globally accredited courses high in demand: YDC

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

DEMAND for the City and Guild accredited courses at the Youth Development Centre (YDC) is very high among youths, according to the centre’s acting assistant director.

Speaking during the sidelines of a Hari Raya celebration event at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports building yesterday, Haswandi Hj Osman said that this was because youths and parents are aware that the certificate is trusted and credible.

The City and Guilds Certification which was implemented at YDC this year, is a global non-profit body that accredits vocational courses.

Previously, the centre only utilied internal certification, said Haswandi.

“Ever since it was introduced, the level of confidence from youths and parents is very high,” he said.

“With City and Guilds courses, 80 per cent is focused on the practical. To be skilled with a City and Guilds certificate is very beneficial,” he added.

Haswandi said that the centre focuses on youths who are unemployed and not studying.

“Once they enrol at YDC, they can gain skills. With these skills they can apply for skilled and non-skilled jobs,” said the acting assistant director.

“Companies usually prefer youths with experience and skill, therefore I believe that graduates from the centre can easily find employment. With the City and Guilds certificate, they will also be more likely to be hired,” he added.

Haswandi said that the centre is also working closely with companies to ensure the graduates will secure jobs immediately after their attachment.

He added that the centre provides courses that have market demand. “At the moment, the centre is planning to identify and search for job opportunities for the students to ensure employment for them at the end of the course.”

Rhys David Turner, an Autocad instructor at YDC, said that the introduction of the City and Guilds certificate has been well received.

“Ever since the City and Guilds was introduced, for the Autocad course, we don’t do proficient courses anymore so we had to go to a W2 course which is approximately between a pre-National Diploma and an Ordinary National Diploma.

“Therefore for the students that is definitely a big step up for students with low academic qualifications. And I’m pleased to say that the students have been doing extremely well considering their academic qualifications.

“Things are progressing and we’ve got another exam in September where about 30 students will take,” he added.

The Hari Raya celebration takes place annually to strengthen ties between the officers and staff of the ministry.

Present as the guest of honour was the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah.

Also present was the Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Dato Paduka Dr Hj Affendy Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Hj Abidin, senior officers as well as officers and staff.

The Brunei Times