IBTE’s Six Strategic Initiatives for TVET Transformation
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:
- Course restructuring;
- Expanding apprenticeship scheme;
- New Scheme of Service;
- Progression Opportunities and Continuing Education and Training (CET);
- Communication & Rebranding; and
- Upgrading training environment.
Strategic initiatives have the following objectives:
Strategic Initiative 1: Course restructuring
- To restructure curriculum content that focuses on skills development;
- To develop demand-driven programmes that meet industry requirements and can produce job-ready graduates; and
- To strengthen the quality of teaching and curriculum delivery.
Strategic Initiative 2: Expanding apprenticeship options
- To expand opportunities in delivering apprenticeship programmes that are responsive to industrial needs;
- To strengthen existing apprenticeship training models guided by dual system apprenticeship and employment-based training models; and
- To increase the enrolment intake and participation of companies in accordance with the new dual system apprenticeship programmes.
Strategic Initiative 3: Progression opportunities
- 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
- To create a conducive teaching and learning environment that can support and enhance competency-based training.
Strategic Initiative 5: Scheme of service
- To establish a more relevant and effective scheme of service for technical education;
- To upgrade the quality of training and standards by establishing scheme of service that can attract professionally trained and well-qualified teaching staff; and
- 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
- To regroup the 7 Vocational and Technical Institutes (VTIs) into 2 mega campuses and rename the VTIs as Technical Institutes;
- To project a new image and also bring a better and different perspective on Technical Education; and
- 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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