YDC, TelBru ink MoU on training

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THE Youth Development Centre (YDC) and Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru) yesterday inked an agreement to provide an apprenticeship training scheme for youth interested in telecommunications.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, TelBru Chief Executive Officer David Kay said the memorandum of understanding (MoU) will enable both parties to work closely to implement suitable courses that meet industry requirements.

The agreement came following the success of a pilot three-month course on fiber optic installation initiated by the Youth Development Centre in collaboration with TelBru last October.

“This training is timely and appropriate as we continue to deploy fiber nationwide in the coming years. To date, we have connected more than 37,000 homes and businesses with high speed broadband service and we aim to connect 45,000 by the first quarter of next year,” said Kay.

He stressed TelBru will need more people to conduct installation work as the number of connected homes and businesses will rise in the years ahead.

“Given the growing number of people residing in new semi-urban areas in the country with many subscribers remaining unconnected to high speed broadband service, deploying fiber to these areas is challenging on many fronts, including lack of skilled manpower,” he said.

The TelBru CEO noted there is currently a shortage of specialised, trained and competent installers required for a successful fiber optic network installation.

At the company, he said that they have been addressing the issue by upgrading the skills of their technicians in line with the fiber optic technology as most of them were skilled in maintaining and operating the copper wire network.

The MoU inked between the Youth Development Centre and TelBru is also aimed to fill the gap by training youth for fiber installation and other industry requirements.

“Today’s signing is very important for us, because it complements other collaborations that we already have with various institutions of learning in the country,” said Kay, adding that he looked forward to a more productive collaboration with the centre.

“These collaborations mean we can look up to these institutions to find suitably skilled and trained people at various levels especially those with telecoms-related skills and knowledge,” he said.

The MoU was signed by Kay on behalf of TelBru, while the Youth Development Centre was represented by Acting Director of Youth and Sports Development Hj Rosmadee Hj Mohd Daud in a ceremony held at the Equestrian Centre, Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club.

Also present was Hj Amer Hamzah, acting deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

The Brunei Times