Updated: 04/16/2014 01:19

Two campuses that train working adults to be fully operational by the second half of this year

Two campuses that train working adults to be fully operational by the second half of this year

The two national Continuing Education and Training campuses that focus on training working adults will be fully operational by the second half of this year. 

In all, the two campuses can train up to 50,000 adults annually. 

The West Campus is in Jurong East while the East Campus is in Paya Lebar. 

Our news desk tours the East Campus which is also known as the Lifelong Learning Institute. 

Covering more than 30,000 square metres, the eight-storey building houses facilities for training companies to conduct industry talks and classes for the local workforce. 

These include a 300-seater lecture theatre, event halls and classrooms. 

The facility also houses a cluster of training companies and a career advisory centre. 

Workforce Development Agency's Kenneth Wong shares its vision. 

"It's to create a focal point for training community to come together to build for them to share resources to raise quality of CET. This is to benefit the individuals - It can be a resource for them to find out more opportunities that are available. For employers, they can find a pipeline of workers to help them to develop their business further." 

As the rental is 20 to 30 per cent lower than the commercial rate, Mr Wong says careful consideration was taken before selecting the companies. 

The institution can take up to 20 tenants. 

One tenant is private education institution, Lithan Hall Academy. 

Its Chairman, Leslie Loh, says they hope to train more than a thousand people at this new campus this year. 

"We were on own as an education provider in CBD, there is no extension of the place that we could use. So this seems to be an extended environment that we can leverage on to support our business. Shared facilities is really helpful." 

In September, the public can also look forward to a first of its kind library within the campus, which carries specialised Continuing Education and Training-related materials. 

It will be developed in partnership with the National Library Board. 

-By Lim Jia Qi

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