IBTE signs apprenticeship agreements with food businesses

Courtesy of Azlan Othman, Borneo Bulletin

22 August 2018

INSTITUTE of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) yesterday inked Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with 10 business establishments, for apprenticeship programmes in professional cookery and services.

The businesses are Millennium Restaurant, Mulia Hotel, Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam, Royal Brunei Catering Sdn Bhd, the Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club, The Brunei Hotel, The Empire Hotel & Country Club, The Rizqun International Hotel, Wafa Hotel and Apartment and the Yi Yuan Ting Fine Dining Restaurant/Li Gong.

The guest of honour was Acting Commissioner of Labour under the Ministry of Home Affairs Muhammad Saufi bin Haji Ibrahim, who witnessed the signings.

The Acting Director and CEO of IBTE, Dr Haji Zamri bin Haji Sabli said, “The MoUs highlight the hospitality and catering industry’s continuous support of our local youths, with the marketable skills necessary for their future and consequently, for our national development.

“I believe this programme will foster an enduring partnership between IBTE and the industry, while providing training for our youth to fulfil the market demand in Hospitality and Catering.

Assistant Manager Corporate Services of Sun Bistro Haji Masri bin Haji Hamzah (L) exchanges document with Acting Director & CEO of IBTE Dr Haji Zamri

“This apprenticeship programme provides what we refer to as ‘on-the-job training (OTJ)’, which has proven to be among the most effective and necessary training schemes in developing a skilled workforce, by encouraging the apprentices to acquire the essential skills for actual tasks in a real-world environment.”

Currently, there are 143 students enrolled under the NTec Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery and Services from the School of Hospitality and Tourism, at the IBTE Sultan Saiful Rijal Campus.

The Dual-System Apprenticeship module at IBTE is carried out on a block release basis, during which the apprentices are obliged to undergo a year of institution-based training and another year of on-the-job training.

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