PPB holds graduation ceremony for 200 trainees

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TWO hundred trainees from the Youth Development Centre (PPB) received their certificates yesterday in a graduation ceremony held at its multipurpose hall in Kg Tanah Jambu.

Presenting the certificates was Hj Rosmadee Hj Mohd Daud, Deputy Director of the Youth and Sports Department.

During the ceremony, the head of PPB, Haswandi Hj Osman, in his capacity as the event’s chairman highlighted that the centre is committed to providing a highly skilled and quality workforce in accordance with the needs of employers and the job market.

“PPB will continuously evaluate and monitor the demands of the job market to ensure that the courses offered (at the centre) are on par with those demands whilst continuing the efforts to diversify these courses in order to achieve PPB’s objectives,” he said in his speech.

“The centre will also constantly strive to further boost collaboration with stakeholders and strategic partners through the concept of 3P (Public, Private and Partnership) in producing more quality graduates.”

Graduates honoured at the ceremony comprised the 2014-2015 intake enrolled in the Pembangunan Belia Programmes and Short Programmes at the centre.

Among the 200 recipients, 126 were enrolled in the Pembangunan Belia Programmes under various courses.

This included 33 from the Information Technology and Communication course, 21 from the Culinary and Banquet course, 20 from the Pastry and Confectionery course, five from Fashion Design Technology, three from Beauty Therapy, 13 from Welding and Fabrication, 12 from Vehicle Repair, 10 from Domestic Pipe Work and nine from Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.

Meanwhile, a total of 74 trainees from the Short Programmes received their certificates, with 12 recipients from the Hikmah ITC course, 47 from the Auto CAD course and 15 from the Asy-Syifa programme.

The ceremony also included prize presentations for the six best trainees in skills and entrepreneurship training, self-development and work placement programmes. Among them, two were crowned the overall best trainees for the Pembangunan Belia Programmes and Short Programmes respectively.

Mohd Yudhy @ Danny Hj Jumat from the Culinary and Banquet course, who received the Best Trainee Award for Short Programmes, said he was grateful to PPB for the experience and skills he gained in cooking and baking.

Alhamdulillah, even though I only trained with PPB for three months, the skills and knowledge I gained are for a lifetime,” he said, adding that he has started a small food business after finishing his course at PPB.

Previously unemployed and now an entrepreneur, Mohd Yudhy urged youth and members of the public to join PPB to equip themselves with relevant and marketable skills.

“Those who are fresh graduates or unemployed and even those who are really passionate to learn something can join PPB because you’ve got nothing to lose but on the other hand gain so much more.”

The Brunei Times