Politeknik Brunei, TelBru sign apprenticeship MoU
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
A MEMORANDUM of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony for the Apprenticeship Training Scheme was held between Politeknik Brunei and Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru) yesterday at the Grandstand 3, Equestrian Centre, Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club, Jerudong.
Under the scheme, 26 Politeknik students will undergo a 12 month on-the-job training at TelBru as part of their three year programme in Diploma in Telecommunications and System Engineering.
In his speech during the ceremony, Acting Assistant Director of Politeknik Brunei, Alias Hj Abu Bakar said the education minister urged the higher learning institution to ensure that the programmes offered were in accordance with the requirements of the ever changing job market and technological developments.
The Politeknik acting assistant director went on to say that the collaboration between the two memorandum signatories will provide an avenue for the students to acquire relevant industry experience and training making them more employable upon completing their Diploma programme.
TelBru Chief Executive Officer, David Kay said in his speech during the ceremony that working with Politeknik Brunei in developing telecom modules and the sharing of teaching resources will benefit both parties in many ways.
He said the students will have a better understanding of the “industry demand” during the programme as it aims to produce employable students with the right skills which will allow employers like TelBru to know where to source the right talents.
Kay added that the students during the apprenticeship programme will have the opportunity to maximise learning experience and apply theory to practice in a real working environment.
One of the students undertaking the apprenticeship programme, 20-year-old Siti Farah’ain Mohd Kasmi said she was hoping to engage in the new experience as it will provide her with sufficient facilities to practice her technical skills.
“I am looking forward to starting the programme as I will be able to understand the type of things I will be doing once I actually start working (permanently). In Politeknik we lack some of the equipments – we only have a few of them,” she said adding that her practical classes are held in Institut Teknologi Brunei every Saturday for their sufficient facilities.
“Through this programme at TelBru, at least we will know what to expect in the working world,” the 20-year-old said.
According to the press release issued by TelBru, the apprenticeship programme is a reflection of TelBru’s commitment in collaborating with high learning institutions.
Present as the guest of honour was the Permanent Secretary (Core Education) of the Ministry of Education, Dr Hj Junaidi Hj Abdul Rahman.
The students will commence the apprenticeship programme during the third year of their Diploma in Telecommunications and System Engineering course.
The Brunei Times