Panelists for the UK Business Forum recently hosted at the Rizqun International Hotel. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

British High Commission in Brunei recently partnered with Training Gateway to host its first-ever UK Education Business Forum, which saw participation from a number of England’s renowned training firms.

Held at the Rizqun International Hotel, the forum featured several talks delivered by experts from Brunei Shell Petroleum, Institute of Brunei Technical Education and Pearson Asia.

Bringing up the theme ‘Continuous Professional Development’, the forum aimed to identify opportunities to strike more Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) partnerships, in support of Brunei’s Vision 2035 to develop priority sectors including energy, construction, marine, ICT, hospitality and tourism.

Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Hamzah Haji Sulaiman who was the guest of honour was also invited to deliver a keynote speech, addressing developments in Brunei’s TVET system.

British High Commissioner to Brunei Richard Lindsay in his remarks said: “Brunei and the UK are very close friends and share strong educational links, and we have also learned from the industry that most of the Brunei local companies have already adopted UK standards.”

British High Commissioner to Brunei Richard Lindsay delivering his remarks. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

“Coupled with our strong educational links – it only makes sense and a great opportunity for the British High Commission and government partner to bring in more UK companies to Brunei Darussalam and explore other avenues such as providing accredited TVET.”

The UK, said the high commissioner, has a long history of TVET which extends back to the 12th century.

“The UK is unique in having an integrated education framework from levels 1-8 which includes both academic and vocational education and training pathways,” he said.

“The UK has developed a world-leading model of Degree and Graduate Apprenticeships, which are developed in partnerships with employers, higher education colleges and universities,”

“I do hope this first UK Education Business Forum would prove to be beneficial and useful for both Brunei and UK companies having a real outcome for UK companies to support Brunei Vision 2035,” the high commissioner said.

Among those attending the forum at Rizqun International Hotel. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

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