IBTE CET to conduct more technical-based short courses
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Institute of Brunei Technical Education Continuing Education Training Division (IBTE CET) will be conducting more technical-based short skill courses that will equip members of the public with skills that are based on industry demand, said its head of skills training unit.
In an interview with The Brunei Times, Sophan Afandi said that they currently conduct courses that are more “community-based” such as courses on cooking, handicraft and dressmaking.
He said that IBTE CET is looking to collaborate more with the seven schools under the IBTE network to conduct courses that are “technical-based”.
“Now we are looking at courses that touch on the available industries in the country such as the broiler industry or the ICT sector,” he said.
Sophan said that the short skill courses that they are currently working on are ICT related, adding that these courses are high in demand by both the community and the industry.
“In this modern day and age, everyone is aware that ICT related skills and knowledge are high in demand by companies, which is why we are currently discussing with our counterparts at the IBTE School of ICT on the content of potential courses,” he said.
He added that among the ICT related courses that the IBTE CET are planning to roll out is a course on AutoCAD.
AutoCAD is a commercial software application used to draft two dimensional and three dimensional models that can be utilised for a number of things including architectural planning.
“Once a potential course is identified, (IBTE CET) as conductors of the course will engage with the IBTE school that is suitable to facilitate the course. Say there is a demand on an agricultural course, then we will discuss with the IBTE School of Agro-Technology and Applied Sciences,” he said
Sophan added that each course will vary in its registration fees as they have to consider the duration of the course, the materials that are needed as well as the facilities that will be used.
He said that there was no specific timeline on when these courses will be rolled out however discussions are ongoing on the outline of the new short skill courses. These include food processing and veterinary skills.
“This is an initiative by the division to support Brunei’s Vision 2035 which is to produce a highly skilled and professional workforce at the same time to provide Bruneian residents with the skills that can spur entrepreneurship,” he said.
The Brunei Times