Graduates contribute to the economy: Minister

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Lyna Mohammad

The Brunei Institute of Technical Education (IBTE) contributes to the construction and development of the national socio-economy, as proven by the results of the IBTE Tracer study – carried out six months after the convocation – showing that graduates have the opportunity to find employment that meets the work performance index target of 75 percent. This is further reinforced by the Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2022 report which places Brunei’s technical and professional skills at 18th in the world.

Health Minister Dato Seri Setia, Dr. Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar highlighted this in his speech at the 30th IBTE Convocation Ceremony yesterday.

The new normal arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0) has led to changes in human resource requirements in terms of skills and competencies around the world, including in the Sultanate, a said the minister.

The World Economic Forum 2020 report indicates that job demands related to the use of new technologies and skills will increase in line with the needs of IR4.0.

This, he added, has led the Government of Brunei Darussalam to work towards empowering the National Digital Economy Master Plan 2025 through the implementation of the strategic framework and action plan.

Health Minister Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar delivers a speech
Part of the graduates. PHOTOS: MUIZ MATDANI

Empowerment of the Technical Education and Vocational Training (TVET) system is an appropriate step as this area enables the country to develop human capital towards the formation of new technologies dealing with IR4.0.

In line with IBTE’s mission to instill in students an education and training based on industry practices, graduates are equipped with values ​​and skills for current and future careers and innovation.

Entrepreneurship knowledge has also been instilled in the graduates, which the minister says adds value in the world of work and paves the way for entrepreneurship in the future.

The minister called on the institution to work with stakeholders such as the Manpower Planning and Employment Council (MPEC), the Manpower Industry Steering Committee (MISC ) and industry to ensure programs meet industry and human resource needs.

“I hope that the quality of teaching and learning at IBTE will be maintained and updated to meet the needs of stakeholders, both in the public and private sectors.

“IBTE must also always review and improvise its curriculum to align with current and future needs and development.”

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