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YOUNG WORKERS

EARN AS YOU LEARN

This programme, which will combine structured on-the-job and institution-based training, will be available to fresh polytechnic and ITE graduates.

Implemented progressively by sector from this year, it will be a 12- to 18-month programme.

There will be a sign-on incentive of $5,000 - to be given out in parts at the start and end of programme - as well as a grant of $15,000 for each trainee that employers take in.

By 2025, one in three polytechnic and ITE graduates will benefit.

BITE-SIZED COURSES

To encourage upgrading and life-long learning, there will be an expanded range of work-skills-related modular courses which are more suitable for working adults.

There is no cap on the number of courses one can take.


She quits job to pursue passion

As a front office assistant manager, she spent holidays and weekends away from her friends and family.

While she loved her job of two years, Ms Jennifer Low, 27, was concerned that the long hours would affect her chance of starting a family.

Despite a $300 pay cut, she quit her job and become a childcare teacher.

She had picked a hospitality and tourism management course because of its relatively low cut-off point. She said: "When I was younger, I was more indecisive and picked the course just like that."

But Ms Low, who got married last year, never forgot her love for children. Her mother was a babysitter and she enjoyed babysitting too.

She quit her job in 2010 and joined the place-and-train scheme at Seed Institute, Singapore's first National Continuing Education and Training centre for early childhood care and education.

She graduated with a diploma in the early childhood care and education (childcare) after a year.

Interacting with her buddy teacher, a senior, made Ms Low realise that she wanted to encourage other teachers. So she took up more leadership-related courses, like the WSQ build team relationships, and is now the acting principal of NTUC First Campus-My First Skool at Choa Chu Kang.

She said: "The senior teacher really guided me and showed me the ropes. Likewise, I hope to inspire new teachers in the industry."

Ms Low is now pursuing a degree in early childhood development with Seed Institute and Deakin University.

The subsidised fees are $300 a month. She was slightly disappointed that she could not use her $500 SkillsFuture credits to offset the cost of her degree.

"Maybe I'll go for more leadership- or pedagogy-related courses that are relevant to my job."