19 graduate from Asnaf Zakat empowerment programme

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NINETEEN trainees have completed their training under the 8th Asnaf Zakat Empowerment Programme (PROPAZ-PPB), with 26 per cent already employed.

The graduates had undergone nine-months training since early this year at the Youth Development Centre (PPB).

The students are made up five from the information technology for Office Application, five from Skill Proficiency Certificate (Food & Beverage), one from the Skill Proficiency Certificate (Food Preparation), four from Skills Proficiency Certificate (Fabrication, Welding & Pipework) and two from the basic course in beauty therapy and two from the basic course in fashion custom technology.

 The programme is a collaboration with the Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB) and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

It was fully funded by MUIB through zakat (tithe) collection of poor and destitute, which covered the training fees as well as allowances for the selected trainees.

 In attendance at the Ministry of Religious Affairs’ (MoRA) Multaqa Hall to hand over the certificate was the Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Mokti Haji Md Daud.  During the event, he said the programme has benefited with some of the participants gaining employment immediately while others are inspired to do their own thing to improve themselves and the quality of life.

“Although the entire period of training in just under nine months is quite brief and the number of participants dropping, the programme is still helping people to change,” he said.

“Alhamdulillah, for this year's intake around seven trainees are currently working with private sectors, and some of the former trainees have their own business,” said the Deputy Minister in his speech.

 In an interview with some of the trainees, they said the programme helped them to improve their knowledge in some fields that could benefit them in future endeavours.

A 19-year-old trainee, Md Adi Zulhakim Aidy Zahrin said that he will make use of the knowledge that he learned from PPB to improve himself in general.

Similar with Marlinawati Hj Pasih, 35, she said that being briefly introduced to the food and beverages course inspired her to get involved in the food industry.

 “It may take a long time for me to reach there.

“As of now, I just need to start from below and will cherish it once I get the chance,” said Marlinawati, who is currently working as a Kitchen Helper at Tarindak d’Polo Restaurant.

 During the event, MUIB also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Awards to a 42-year-old former trainee, Salmiah Hj Tarang for succeeding in managing her food catering business ever since 2009.

 Since it was introduced in 2007, around 199 people have graduated under the PROPAZ-PPB with 11 are currently working under government sector, 97 under the private sector, 22 opening up their own businesses, 46 unemployed and the remaining three continued study.

The Brunei Times