Hajah Erie binti Abdullah, the Head of Community Education Section of the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) yesterday noted that youths registered for courses conducted by the Continuing Education Division of the IBTE have engaged in small businesses and are active in their online businesses on Instagram and Facebook.

This indicates that this course has opened up more job opportunities to youths so that they will not rely on government jobs. Entrepreneurship is a crucial aspect in economic development of a family, people and nation and more locals are urged to register and enrol in the course offered by the division.

Hajah Erie said this at the Ayam brand ‘Mystery Box’ and ‘Ambuyat and Cacah-making’ competition yesterday. Present as guest of honour was Lim Klan Boon, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the IBTE, Ministry of Education.

The event was held at the Community Education Section at Jalan Pasar Baharu in Gadong. The contest was the second of its kind held by the Domestic Science Unit of Skills Training Unit of the Community Education Section of IBTE. It was sponsored by Ayam Brand from Malar Setia Sdn Bhd.

Eleven participants took part in the preliminary stage and eight contested in the finals yesterday. The making of ambuyat and its cacah contest was aimed at showcasing traditional local food, where two participants joined – including a foreigner.

The objective of the competition was to encourage students to be more creative in demonstrating their cooking skills, and prompt instructors to be more inspired in sharing techniques and recipes. Registration to enrol in courses offered by the division has surged over the years with 1,130 people having registered this year alone.

The majority have enrolled in a one-year domestic science course. This shows that the course has received overwhelming response. Besides this course, the Community Education Section also offers short-term courses for the public to widen their skills.