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ICT industry dialogue focus on building capacities and exploiting job opportunities
27/03/2014
 
 27 March 2014 - The Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) today held an ICT industry dialogue for its AITI Accredited Business (AAB) Status businesses at the Seri Kerna Hall, AITI Office, Kg Anggerek Desa.
 
The dialogue brought together relevant government authorities, academia and local ICT industry to deliberate on how the technical education system and ICT training program can be improved in order to equip the local youths with the right technical capacities in line with the industry’s requirements.
 
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In his welcoming remarks, Awang Queh Ser Pheng, Deputy Chief Executive of Regulatory, Industry & International of AITI stated that this dialogue marks another significant effort by AITI in working closely with the business and government partners to address real challenges facing the industry. AITI is committed to collaborate with all stakeholders to engage the industry in various dialogues to determine what skills sets are needed and how they can be delivered to drive ICT industry growth locally, regionally and internationally.
 
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The dialogue kicked off with the first session led by Department of Technical Education (DTE) of the Ministry of Education (MOE). This session was aimed in engaging the ICT industry to provide feedback and comments in shaping the new program for Higher National Technical Education Certificate (HNTEC) and National Technical Education Certificate (NTEC) that will be introduced in the near future. This program is part of the transformation of technical education initiative in providing suitable industry-focused programs for the youth to ensure better ‘employability’. It is hoped that with the continuous support from the ICT industry in many years to come, DTE will be able to provide adaptable programs for the youth to serve not only within the ICT industry, but also other related industries in the nation.
 
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The dialogue continued with another session facilitated by E-Government National Center (EGNC) and Local Employment and Workforce Development Agency (APTK). This session was aimed in seeking collaboration with the ICT industry players to host attachment placements as well as employment opportunities for the participants of the Youth Development Program (YDP). YDP is part of the Government’s continuous efforts towards reducing the number of unemployed youths and providing them with better employment opportunities. The program was initiated by EGNC in collaboration with Department of Economic and Planning Development (JPKE), APTK and AITI. YDP provides opportunities for the participants to be trained from basic to specialized ICT and soft skill courses.
 
The dialogue saw more than 70 representatives from the local ICT businesses and higher learning educations including Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and Institut Technology Brunei (ITB). AITI continues to facilitate and assist relevant stakeholders in addressing the needs of growing the ICT industry as well as to introduce initiatives that are in line with one of its core functions – to help and promote the local ICT industry.
 
For more details on AITI’s industry development initiatives and programs, please visit AITI’s website at www.aiti.gov.bn and for any further enquiries, please contact the ICT Industry Development Group at 2323232 (during office hours).