Training sector has to keep up
The training and adult education sector, which plays a crucial role in building up a skilled workforce, has to upgrade as more sectors transform themselves and seek workers with relevant skills.
The sector "has to continue to be responsive to the changing needs of the economy and industries", Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung said yesterday at the unveiling of a five-year transformation plan to refresh and raise the continuing education and training system in Singapore.
The Training And Adult Education Sector Transformation Plan is made in line with the national SkillsFuture movement to keep pace with the changing skills needs of the fast-evolving economy.
Today, there are about 6,000 adult educators and curriculum developers in the diverse training and adult education sector.
The plan, developed by the Training And Adult Education Skills Council in consultation with more than 150 professionals, was announced at the Adult Learning Symposium at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre.
Mr Ong said: "Training is not just delivering a lecture and showing slides, but you dive into the dreams, hopes and fears of your trainees and help them develop.
"You hone their skills and raise their game to a higher level but, more importantly, if you are really good at what you are doing, you uncover their passions, you help them discover their direction in life and their aspirations, and activate their inner motivations."
Under the plan, seven key recommendations were identified under three areas: repositioning the sector for growth, strengthening the systems and processes for training providers, and addressing manpower and skills needs.
The recommendations include measuring if training meets workplace performance outcomes, refreshing the learning infrastructure to support innovation and upgrading the educators' skills.
– The Straits Times Online