SEAMEO VOCTECH kickstarts Digital TVET training with Labtech International
Bazilah Alihan, Tinah Marzuki | SEAMEO VOCTECH
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM. (13 June 2022) - SEAMEO VOCTECH welcomed 53 participants consisting of industry practitioners and IBTE instructors for two In-Country Training Programmes in Brunei Darussalam, namely "Training of Trainers on Automotive Technology using Virtual TVET” (13-14 June) and “Training of Trainers on Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC) Technology using Virtual TVET" (15-16 June) organised by SEAMEO VOCTECH Regional Centre and facilitated by Labtech International Ltd.
Dr Chin Wei Keh delivering his speech during the opening.
Dr Chin Wei Keh, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Higher Education), Ministry of Education, Brunei Darussalam attended the opening ceremony as the Guest of Honour and officially opened the two In-Country Training Programmes.
Among others who attended the event were Awang Norjemee Jenek, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE), and representatives from Labtech International Ltd, i.e., the President and Founder, Dr. Steven McKee who joined the event via online; General Manager, Mr Bradley Ker; and Marketing Manager, Shahrir Shafiek.
Labtech International Ltd President and Founder, Dr. Steven McKee presenting speech via online
Labtech International Ltd General Manager, Mr Brad Ker
In line with the Memorandum of Agreement signed on 8th September 2021 with Labtech International Ltd, the Centre’s Deputy Director, Pengiran Haji Mohammad Sufri Pg Ali highlighted in his speech how the trainings reflect the Centre’s theme and five-year development plan to prepare TVET for IR 4.0.
On behalf of the Centre Director, he stated that the training aims to provide instructors and trainers with “innovative ways and approaches to their delivery of training, understand the various digital tools that are available and utilize digital technologies to leverage the students’ and trainees’ learning experiences”.
In the ceremony, Dr Chin Wei Keh expressed his support on the Centre’s endeavour to digitize TVET and incorporate the implementation of AR and VR technologies in its training programmes.
“It is imperative for TVET institutions to adapt their teaching and learning technologies in line with the industry; with such training, it presents an excellent opportunity for course participants to collaborate closely with SEAMEO VOCTECH on integrating the Interactive Virtual TVET into their teaching and learning delivery,” he reiterated.
The training programmes are among the Centre’s first initiatives in kickstarting the digital pedagogy training for TVET instructors and trainers, in efforts to foster digital transformation in TVET nationally and regionally, offering quality education to students and trainees to produce a highly skilled workforce that is equipped for Industry 4.0 and beyond.
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