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IBTE’s Six Strategic Initiatives for TVET Transformation

Posted on:
16.09.2018 by RECOTVET

Implementing Institutions:
Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE)

2017 (ongoing)

Scale of Initiative:



The Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) was established in 2014 with the merger of the Department of Technical Education (DTE) and seven technical and vocational schools nationwide as a part of the transformation of Brunei Technical Education initiative. As stipulated in the White Paper and Upgrading Plan of the Transformation of Brunei Technical Education, IBTE has repositioned itself as a post-secondary institution.

IBTE has continued to actively progress towards achieving its strategic goals underlined in the Upgrading Plan 2013-2018, as well as the Brunei Vision 2035. In efforts to continue this work, IBTE Strategic Plan 2017- 2018 was formulated as a furtherance of the Upgrading Plan. This strategic plan seeks to ensure that TVET programmes are not only aligned and up-to-date, but also meet the needs of stakeholders.

The following six strategic initiatives have been initiated by IBTE in line with the transformation agenda:

  1. Course restructuring;
  2. Expanding apprenticeship scheme;
  3. New Scheme of Service;
  4. Progression Opportunities and Continuing Education and Training (CET);
  5. Communication & Rebranding; and
  6. Upgrading training environment.


Strategic initiatives have the following objectives:

Strategic Initiative 1: Course restructuring

  1. To restructure curriculum content that focuses on skills development;
  2. To develop demand-driven programmes that meet industry requirements and can produce job-ready graduates; and
  3. To strengthen the quality of teaching and curriculum delivery.

Strategic Initiative 2: Expanding apprenticeship options

  1. To expand opportunities in delivering apprenticeship programmes that are responsive to industrial needs;
  2. To strengthen existing apprenticeship training models guided by dual system apprenticeship and employment-based training models; and
  3. To increase the enrolment intake and participation of companies in accordance with the new dual system apprenticeship programmes.

Strategic Initiative 3: Progression opportunities

  1. To further encourage social/career mobility and education progression that will enable access to Continuing Education and Training (CET) particularly for school leavers and matured students.

Strategic Initiative 4: Upgrading the training environment

  1. To create a conducive teaching and learning environment that can support and enhance competency-based training.

Strategic Initiative 5: Scheme of service

  1. To establish a more relevant and effective scheme of service for technical education;
  2. To upgrade the quality of training and standards by establishing scheme of service that can attract professionally trained and well-qualified teaching staff; and
  3. To develop a career pathways framework that will nurture and motivate lecturers to achieve their optimal performance.

Strategic Initiative 6: Renaming DTE and Vocational Institutes

  1. To regroup the 7 Vocational and Technical Institutes (VTIs) into 2 mega campuses and rename the VTIs as Technical Institutes;
  2. To project a new image and also bring a better and different perspective on Technical Education; and
  3. To be recognised and accepted as the first choice for further education, for attainment of skills, for employment and for life-long learning.


Each division of IBTE needs to create its strategic sub-initiatives towards achieving its specific goals as a part of the Mid-Term Review follow-up strategy outlined in the IBTE Strategic Plan (2017-2018).

For the next two years, IBTE will focus on ensuring high quality of TVET teaching and delivery; providing more progression opportunities for adult learners through Continuing Education and Training (CET) programmes; achieving human resource and finance autonomy; continually building the competency of human resource; optimising the utilisation of existing infrastructure; enhancing its corporate and brand image; and strengthening its relationships with TVET stakeholders.


Cikgu Haji Mohd Fadzillah bin Haji Abdullah
Divisional Director of IBTE Corporate Affairs
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Useful Links

IBTE Strategic Plan (2017-2018) - PPT

Other Sources

Department of Technical Education (MoE). (2013). Upgrading Plan for Technical Education - Brunei Darussalam 2013 - 2018. Retrieved from [Accessed 20 Jun. 2018].

Ebil, S., Othman, N., Hjh Norhakimah, H.M.N., Marlinawati, H.A., Omarali, M, & Chin, W. K. (2017). Brunei TVET Transformation: The Development of the Institute of Brunei Technical Education’s two Key Surveys. TVET@Asia, 8, 1-15. Retrieved from [Accessed 20 Jun. 2018].

MoE (Ministry of Education Brunei Darussalam). (2013). Transforming Technical and Vocational Education: White Paper. Retrieved from [Accessed 20 Jun. 2018].

Wawasan Brunei 2035. (n.d). Government of Brunei Darussalam. Retrieved from [Accessed 20 Jun. 2018].



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