50 participants from varying industries and government agencies, including Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd, PTAS Aker Solutions, SC Oilfields and Logistics, DCS Sdn Bhd, Mashor Offshore Painting Services and Pusat Pembangunan Belia were awarded the certification of trainers and  assessors by SEAMEO VOCTECH for their successful completion of the Training of Trainers and Training of Assessors Certification Programmes on the morning of 19th November 2022. 39 participants were certified as trainers; while 11 participants were certified as assessors.

Yang Mulia Dr. Hajah Siti Haziah binti Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok DSP Haji Abidin, Head of Manpower Planning and Employment Council (MPEC) Secretariat, Prime Minister’s Office attended the ceremony as the Guest of Honour and officially marked the certification awarding ceremony of Training of Trainers and Training of Assessors Programmes. Also in attendance were Centre Director of SEAMEO VOCTECH, Mr. Alias bin Hj Abu Bakar; Walter Chong, Acting Director Director (Academic), Lifelong Learning Centre (L3C), and Corporate Affairs Manager cum TVET Specialist and course coordinator, Ms. Cynthia Abdullah, together with other management and officers of SEAMEO VOCTECH.

“Having quality trainers and assessors who have undergone a certification process will help to confirm that their teaching processes and practices have passed regulated training as well as required assessments, and are considered competent and awarded the qualification based on the accepted industry or qualification standards,” Centre Director Mr Alias expressed during his opening remarks.

Also presenting a report on the programmes during the ceremony was course coordinator, Ms. Cynthia Abdullah, who underlined what the programmes entailed to guarantee quality of training. She conveyed that the certified trainers and assessors have been able to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitude crucial to make them competent and effectively deliver and facilitate training programmes, and to assess and enable learners or trainees to develop competences to perform a particular trade or technical work.

In support of the Certification Programmes, Dr. Hajah Siti Haziah, remarked in her speech how the Manpower Industry Steering Committee, through MPEC, has consistently highlighted the need for effective manpower planning with alignment to employability; and together with other relevant government agencies, the upskilling and reskilling framework has been set up to facilitate the production of skilled and competent Bruneians with relevant competences required by various local industries.

“Seen in that light, the provision of these locally recognised TOT and TOA certification programmes is indeed responsive and relevant to fulfilling the country’s needs”, she noted.

In addition Mr. Alias explained that the quality standards of these programmes are inspired and drawn from good practices in developed countries such as Germany, Switzerland, and the UK. Thus, the programmes have been referred to and benchmarked with various TOT/TOA Standards, including the In-Company Trainers Standard for ASEAN, NOCN-UK, and Australia.

The quality of these programmes have been ensured, with frequent developments and discussions carried out with partners, including Nisai-UK, NOCN, and the Brunei Darussalam National Accreditation Council (BDNAC), and Safety, Health, Environment National Authority (SHENA) for their input and support.