PUJA presented papers on Strengthening Efforts Towards TVET 4.0 and Future ASEAN Agenda For TVET

Categories: Council
Author: PASB
November 18, 2019

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**This article was written and posted on the website's "Current Affairs" section on September 17, 2019

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Yang Berhormat FDr. Ar. Siti Rozaimeryanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman (Left) and Ir. Bahrin Mohammad (Right) from the Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Engineers & Architects (PUJA, Brunei) presenting at the event

Representatives from Institute of Surveyors, Engineers & Architects (PUJA, Brunei) presented at the 5th High Official Meeting of SEA-TVET at the Centrepoint Hotel earlier this week. The meeting was aimed to discuss the collaborative development for 2018-2019 and identify strategies to raise cooperation and harmony in the region. Participants at the meeting also look towards plans and strategies to improve the quality of TVET in Southeast Asian countries to raise the competitiveness of member countries for Industry 4.0 and to strengthen cooperation among agencies of ministries of ministries and departments in relation to TVET among countries in Southeast Asia with other countries.

Yang Berhormat FDr. Ar. Siti Rozaimeryanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman, President of PUJA presented a paper that touched on the formation of ASEAN Future Workforce Council (AFWC) as a Joint Business Council under ASEAN-BAC which was fully endorsed by ABAC last week 14th JBC Meting in Bangkok. The function of the ASEAN Future Workforce Council is threefold namely; To work with relevant ASEAN bodies on how to develop and implement future skills strategies, policies and work plans that are in line with the needs of business and industry; To strengthen business and industry cooperation in TVET and future skills development in AMS and To serve as partner of business and industry regarding the impact of the Industry Revolution 4.0 and digitalization on ASEAN education systems and labour markets. In the ASEAN Future Workforce Council, Brunei Darussalam was represented by Yang Berhormat FDr. Ar. Siti Rozaimeryanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman from the ASEAN Business Advisory Council and Ir. Bahrin bin Hj Mohammad from the Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Engineers & Architects (PUJA).

The second paper titled “Future ASEAN Agenda for TVET” paper was presented by Ir. Bahrin Mohammad, Council Member of PUJA who also is a member of the Regional Working Group “Business & Industry Cooperation in TVET”; comprising of 20 representatives from chambers, associations and companies from all ten ASEAN Member States. The paper discussed on challenges & solutions to strengthening business and industry cooperation in TVET and how to make TVET in the ASEAN region fit for the future. The paper outlined nine focus areas which are at the heart of the Future ASEAN Agenda for TVET namely; Enhancing the relevance and quality of TVET regulations and strategies, Establishing public-private models for skill standard development and assessments, Strengthening the leadership of business membership organisations in TVET, Rebranding TVET, Mobilizing companies to engage in TVET, Ensuring sufficient funding for TVET, Improving the quality of training delivery, Deepening the collaboration of TVET schools with business and industry and Intensifying research on TVET and future skills needs.

The participants comprise leaders of vocational education of Southeast Asia, regional representatives from Southeast Asia Ministers Education Organisation (SEAMEO) and Director of SEAMEO Secretariat representing Brunei Darussalam Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.