Updated: 08/26/2014 02:37

Skills-based career frameworks and industry placements to help ITE and polytechnic graduates progress



ITE College Central Campus at Ang Mo Kio (© Photo: ITE)

ITE College Central Campus at Ang Mo Kio (Photo: ITE)

The Applied Study for Polytechnics and ITE Review, or ASPIRE committee has recommended the drawing up of skills-based career tracks with clearly mapped- out paths for progression.

The committee led by Senior Minister of State for Education, Indranee Rajah, said it will work with industry partners to identify the specific skills an employee needs at different job levels, in sectors such as marine engineering.

Polytechnics and ITE will then develop modular courses to help individuals gain these skills for career advancement.

The recommendation is just one of 10 the committee made.

Another calls for the launch of new place-and-train programmes.

Polytechnic and ITE graduates will be matched with employers who are committed to helping them learn on-the-job.

The graduates will receive pay while on the programme.

At the same time, they'll take complementary classes at polytechnics or ITE.

And if they perform well during the programme, the graduates can potentially take on larger job scopes, and earn higher pay.

The committee's other proposals include enhancing internship options for students, and strengthening career-guidance capabilities at schools.

The government has accepted the recommendations.

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