Plans to diversify PPB to create more job opportunities

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

PLANS to diversify the courses within the Youth Development Centre programme (PPB) is expected to continue in an effort to give a wider range of employment and business opportunities for recipients, said the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS).

During a recent gathering with PPB recipients, Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awang Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof further said in continuing to develop programmes, they will also seek to increase employability among former trainers with PPB to cooperate with employers in industry training.

The minister said the ministry is implementing the “4K task field” namely Cultural, Youth, Sports and Community which in its bid to develop human resources.

The development of human resources is a defining factor towards the capabilities of a country in furthering long term prosperity, said the minister.

He went on to say the move is in line with the country’s position as a small nation but it’s imperative to possess most valuable skills in various discipline.

The ministry is also extending this opportunity to all citizens and residents including those with special needs to achieve their highest potential in development by utilising currently existing systems.

KKBS, said the minister, is guided by National Youth Policy which is aimed at increasing the youth’s capabilities to face challenges and change the socio-economy.

Six youths were recently awarded for achieving the best during the Youth Development Programme (PPB) and Short Course Programme 2014-2015.

The event was also first time the participants of the MCYS-organised youth programme held a gathering to meet the MCYS minister.

During the gathering, the minister told the recipient that through dedication, believing in their abilities and through perseverance without relying on any one or becoming self-employed, has the potential towards becoming more successful.

“Through dedication, it would enable former trainers to step forward further by mastering other areas where working hard will earn them more,” said the minister.

KKBS is the patron for other youth development programmes such as Outward Bound Brunei Darussalam (OBBD), PPB and Brunei’s National Service Programme (PKBN), with each focusing specific set of skills towards youth development.

The ceremony for the 16th PPB and Short Course Programme 2014-2015 was held on Thursday at the Youth Centre at the capital.

The PPB was aimed to create a dedicated youth by providing financial assistance in the form of “microgrant” for former trainers that have since entered into businesses.

The Brunei Times