SEAMEO VOCTECH (SV) Regional Centre successfully concluded its first regional training programme of the year that began virtually on 14 February 2024. 22 TVET professionals from 11 SEAMEO Member Countries namely, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam, including senior officials, managers and heads of departments, were awarded certificates for completing the Virtual Regional Training Programme on “21st Century Leadership Skills for TVET Leaders”.

Mr Shaun Grosse, Deputy High Commissioner, Singapore High Commission to Brunei Darussalam was present as a guest of honour at the hybrid closing and certificate presentation ceremony held on 20 February 2024 in SEAMEO VOCTECH. The ceremony was officiated by SV’s Centre Director Mr Haji Norjimee Jenek, with the attendance of the Centre’s Deputy Directors, Course training facilitator Dr Jaya Priah Kasinathan, Management and staff, together with the 6 Brunei participants of the training programme, that were present on site and 16 regional participants who attended virtually.

Recognising the need for TVET leaders to keep up with 21st Century skills in the changing TVET environment, SEAMEO VOCTECH developed the course to empower TVET leaders in ASEAN with modern leadership skills to overcome challenges, promote inclusivity, foster innovation, and adapt to workforce changes in their respective institutions.

The five days “21st Century Leadership Skills for TVET Leaders” training programme that spanned from 14 February until 20 January 2024 aims to equip TVET leaders in ASEAN with the essential 21st Century leadership skills required to foster innovation, inclusivity, and adaptability within their institutions as well as serve platform to learn and share best practice amongst the other TVET leaders in the region.

“The leadership skills you have honed through the training programme – from strategic thinking and decision-making to fostering collaboration and driving change – will undoubtedly propel your institutions toward greater excellence and impact. As you return to your roles as leaders and change agents, I encourage you to remain committed to continuous learning, growth, and adaptation’’ Cg Norjemee noted in his address.

During his speech, Mr. Shaun Grosse underscored the significance of TVET in providing workers with skills tailored to meet the evolving demands of the industry, both now and in the future. He emphasised the need for capable leaders to adeptly navigate the forthcoming challenges within the TVET sector. Furthermore, he acknowledged the Centre’s contributions, particularly through initiatives like the training program to ensure the ASEAN workforce is future ready. With improved skills and understanding of 21st century leadership principles, the training participants can use strategic thinking to address challenges in TVET leadership effectively.

Mr Shaun Grosse, Deputy High Commissioner, Singapore High Commission to Brunei Darussalam together with SV Centre Director and management, alongside Brunei participants of the Regional Training Programme “21st Century Leadership Skills for TVET Leaders” during the hybrid closing and certificate ceremony on 20 February 2024