Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Haji Hamzah Haji Sulaiman delivering his keynote address. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Developments made onto Brunei’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system must be in-line with the changing industrial landscape, which is becoming more complex due to the continuous technological progression.

This was said by Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Hamzah Haji Sulaiman during the inauguration of the UK Education Business Forum at the Rizqun International Hotel this week.

“Given the crucial role of TVET in the provision of skilled manpower needed by industries, there is an increasing focus on skills development – which not only prepares youth for the labour market but also those already in the market,” he said.

The Minister cited a prediction made by the World Economic Forum, where 35 percent of core skills around the world will change in the next five years, with different degrees of intensity across every sector.

“In times of rapid change and progress, the most important role for TVET is to prepare the workforce to learn and inculcate new knowledge – in other words, the key to surviving the 4th Industrial Revolution is the ability to become lifelong learners or risk becoming an irrelevant workforce,” the minister said.

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

TVET system will have to adapt and innovate constantly as industrial and digital transformations will not only affect the economy but also the way people live, work and learn.”

The Ministry of Education through its five-year strategic plan, said the minister, placed a strong emphasis on the strengthening of Brunei’s core education, especially in uplifting the literacy and numeracy skills standards of learners upon completion of their basic education – to ensure that the right foundations are in place.

The minister also shared other areas to explore include a certification that meets the requirements of specific sectors and enables Bruneian students to be employable locally and internationally.

In addition, the availability of new learning modalities including modularisation, micro-credentials, and open badges should also be explored to ensure that the system caters to various types of learners, the minister added.

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

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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