Nine complete short skills training course

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NINE people yesterday completed the first Basic Broiler Production Training Course conducted by the Institute of Brunei Technical Education’s Continuing Education and Training Division (IBTE CET).

The short course is a collaboration between IBTE CET and the IBTE School of Agro-Technology and Applied Sciences, previously known as Wasan Vocational School, and is aimed at providing members of the public with skills based on industry demand.

In his speech at the closing ceremony for the broiler course, Sophan Afandi, head of the Skills Training Unit of IBTE CET, said the course provides “knowledge, practical skills and hands-on experience” in the basics of broiler production.

“The course is designed in such a way that the participants are given the opportunity to learn and experience the full cycle of broiler chicken production from hatching to the slaughterhouse,” he said.

He said the participants cited different reasons for taking the course such as to set up a business or produce their own food for healthy living.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, Sophan said the course began in August and was conducted for around a month, adding that it was established due to growing interest from the general public.

“At the roadshows which we participated in to promote IBTE CET courses, we conducted surveys to find out what type of courses the public would be interested in.”

The Basic Broiler Production Training Course was one of those identified through the surveys conducted, he said.

Sophan said with the restructuring of IBTE’s school networks recently which enables students and teachers to utilise resources across its seven campuses, IBTE CET aims to conduct more technical oriented short courses that are based on subjects provided in any of IBTE’s school networks.

“This is an initiative by (IBTE CET) to support Brunei’s Vision 2035 which is to produce a highly skilled and professional workforce,” he said.

He added that there will be another Basic Broiler Production Training Course but the date hasn’t been set yet. The registration fee for the course is $50 for Brunei citizens and $75 for non-citizens.

Dr Liew Shin Min, assistant programme leader of the IBTE Agro-Technology Campus, said that aside from experiencing the basics of broiler production, participants were also given the opportunity to interact with members of the industry, namely the Ideal Group of Companies.

A representative of Ideal Group was also present during yesterday’s ceremony to present a wrap-up lecture on prospects for the broiler industry in Brunei.

During the ceremony, certificates were presented to the course participants at the IBTE School of Agro-Technology and Applied Sciences’ administration building.

The Brunei Times