Over 140 places in SkillsFuture work-study schemes in growth sectors
Singaporeans will be offered more work-study opportunities in emerging and growth sectors with the introduction of four new SkillsFuture work-study programmes.
Introduced by higher learning institutes, these programmes will offer more than 140 places over the next two years.
One of them, a Bachelor of Technology in computing, will be rolled out this month by the National University of Singapore, in partnership with SkillsFuture Singapore as well as Singapore-based global consumer Internet company Sea.
It will be the first SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree Programme to be delivered in a "place-and-train" mode, with participants hired as full-time junior analysts prior to the start of the programme. The programmes were announced by Minister of State for Education and Manpower Gan Siow Huang (inset) at a virtual SkillsFuture Work-Study Fair yesterday.
The work-study scheme is targeted at fresh polytechnic and Institute of Technical Education graduates. Individuals who join these programmes hold a job that is as good as being a full-timer in a company while upgrading their qualification to a specialist or advanced diploma through part-time classes.
As part of the new partnership, Sea will hire up to 120 students over the next five years. Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Singapore Polytechnic graduates have been invited to apply for the first intake while enrolment for subsequent intakes will be open to eligible polytechnic graduates from relevant disciplines.
Participants will undergo workplace-based training, assignments and assessments, which will contribute close to 30 per cent of credits towards the degree.
Trainees who graduate at the end of the 31/2-year programme will have the opportunity to become full-time analysts in the company.
The other three new SkillsFuture Work-Study Programmes, in the biomedical sciences and media sectors, were launched by Nanyang Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic.
Ms Gan also announced a new portal that has been set up to enable students and graduates to learn more about SkillsFuture Work-Study Programmes and sign up for the opportunities posted by participating companies.
Employers can also use the portal to register their interest to participate in the work-study programmes, post job vacancies and hire suitable trainees.
Over 130 such opportunities are currently featured on the portal.