Brunei: Forum to focus on youth employability issues

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - Chevening Alumni Brunei in collaboration with the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Guild of Graduates will be hosting the 10th edition of the Brunei Chevening Youth Forum (BCYF) on Saturday, October 6 at The Core, UBD.

BCYF is a platform that brings together young leaders and Chevening alumni members from Brunei and the region to discuss insights, challenges and opportunities to the development of Brunei.

A press release stated that youth employment continues to be one of the key national priorities and Brunei Darussalam is increasingly concerned on key challenges such as high unemployment, digital disruption and evolving skillsets required for industrial development 4.0.

The upcoming BCYF aspires to bring together various stakeholders and youth communities to engage on issues centred on the theme, ‘Youth Employability: Growing Brunei’s Human Capital’.

“The goal of the forum is to open a line of discussion and bring about collective insights surrounding employability and skill gaps in Brunei,” said Founder and Convener of the Brunei Chevening Youth Forum Fatin binti Arifin.

“This includes identifying the significant role and impact of young people in realising the national goals of developing a highly educated and skilled nation.”

“In that spirit, Chevening Alumni Brunei for the first time is partnering with the UBD Guild of Graduates in providing growth opportunities to graduates and youth of Brunei to collectively contribute to attaining our national vision,” she added.

“This can be realised by long lasting collaboration between leading industry leaders, youth leaders and change makers.”

Meanwhile, President of the UBD Guild of Graduates Dr Muhd Nuriskandar bin Muhd Hasnan said, “In today’s challenging world, the youth should no longer rely on one single skill, should be multi-skilled in achieving a greater outcome.”

“Thus, I believe the BCYF is one of the key avenues for job seekers, graduates from educational institutions and the youth community in the country,” he said.

“The forum will help our youth in understanding key issue mainly on employability, mismatch, time and more.

“This is the right time for key players across the country to join together in unfolding steps to support the nation in realising its long-term vision of 2035.”

The topics that will be discussed at the forum include Developing Employable, Educated and Highly Skilled Youth; Growing Brunei’s Human Capital: Education vs Soft Skills for Success; Exploring Employability in various focus areas; and Youth Views on Employability Issues.

BCYF participation is free of charge, and those who wish to attend are required to register online at bit.ly/BCYF2018.

The press release added that since 2015 the BCYF has brought together over 1,050 young leaders to engage in the nine forums, workshops and talk series.

The forum was expanded to Malaysia and named ASEAN Chevening Youth Forum in March 2018, hosted by Chevening Alumni Brunei and Chevening Alumni Malaysia.

The forum is funded by Chevening under the Chevening Alumni Fund and supported by the British High Commission.

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