Youth Dev’t Centre to improve trainees’ employability

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Youth Development Centre is aiming to further improve the employability of its trainees after receiving recognition from a United Kingdom-based accreditation body for vocational skills development.

Head of Youth Development Centre Haswandi Hj Osman said the accreditation by City & Guilds meant that trainees will be equipped with internationally accredited qualifications that can boost their chances in securing jobs.

InsyaAllah, the first batch of trainees who will attain certificates accredited by the City & Guilds will graduate either end of this year or early next year,” said Haswandi on the sidelines of a graduation ceremony for the centre’s 2014-2015 intake.

He said the trainees will no longer undergo trainings for 15 months, but a year following the accreditation from City & Guilds last year.

Trainees will undergo a six- month training programme at the centre before doing work placements for another six months.

According to statistics provided by the centre, 71 per cent of its 839 graduates from 2010 to 2015 have managed to secure jobs, started their own enterprises or pursued further studies.

Out of the 126 recent graduates, 62 have found jobs, two started their businesses while 18 are furthering their studies.

Haswandi said the centre’s objectives are to ensure youth will become independent and be equipped with proficiency in three core fields — skills training, self-development and work attachment.

This, he said, is achieved by constantly updating the courses offered at the centre as well as seeking collaborations with the industry.

“Since the centre’s establishment in 1996 up until 2006, we only offer five courses. But we now offer 10 courses under the youth development programmes,” he said.

The courses do not include short-term programmes that involve partnerships with various government and private agencies, including the “Belia Berpadi”, Fibre to the Home and Cable Jointer courses.

“In the end, what we want is not only to train these youth, but ensure they will land a job once they complete their courses and equip themselves with skills that are in accordance with the needs of our job market,” Haswandi added.

The Brunei Times