IBTE seeks partnerships with industry players

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THE Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) is seeking major players outside the oil and gas industry to provide input in designing the institute’s curriculum.

Principal Central of IBTE Dr Sheikh Lukman Sheikh Abdul Hamid said the institute needs the cooperation of small and medium enterprises to ensure the curriculum meets industry standards.

In an interview, Dr Sheikh Lukman said the input from industry players, in terms of getting their endorsement on the courses, is significant.

This is because IBTE programmes will match the “occupational needs and competencies” of the respective industries, he said.

Dr Sheikh Lukman said the emphasis on further developing IBTE’s programmes that are outside the oil and gas industry stems from the institute’s initiative in addressing the weak oil prices by not depending on the country’s oil and gas sector.

“Thus, further collaboration with all industry stakeholders for important economic clusters in Brunei is relevant,” the principal central added.

This collaboration will subsequently produce a highly skilled workforce in the country, and in turn attract more foreign investors (FDIs) to “develop and diversify Brunei’s economy”.

Currently, the institute is looking into further developing its curriculum in the tourism and hospitality industry as well as the construction industry by collaborating with the Energy and Industry Department at the Prime Minister’s Office (EIDPMO).

Through the collaboration with EIDPMO and other industry stakeholders, IBTE aims to establish competency frameworks for the two industries that are hoped to further improve the institute’s curriculum.

The training institute is also looking into creating more partnerships in a bid to improve the standards of the automotive services programme, including car body and engines repairs.

Dr Sheikh Lukman said the market for automotive services in Brunei is large and has great potential for business as many Bruneians own more than one car.

“If we constantly keep in contact with them (industry stakeholders), we can constantly improve our curriculum (thus) making it dynamic.

“It (the curriculum) is like a living document that must be constantly improved in order to achieve higher standards of education,” he added.

The Brunei Times