Expanding Lifelong Pathways and Opportunities: Investing in Our Learners for Life


Investing in our learners for life

We are providing more opportunities for Singaporeans to realize their full potential throughout their lifetime, supporting their diverse aspirations and equipping them with skills that meet the needs of a rapidly changing economy.

(New) Towards a higher “lifetime cohort participation rate”

  • As we continue to transform our economy, we will explore the possibility of a higher “lifetime cohort participation rate” to provide Singaporeans with opportunities for upskilling and preparing them for good jobs in key growth areas at different stages of their careers.
    • Cohort participation rate refers to the percentage of a cohort that obtain places in degree programs funded by the Ministry of Education. The current cohort participation rate is around 50%, with 40% of points going towards subsidized university places for new college and polytechnic graduates, and 10% points going to working adults.
    • With a higher “lifetime cohort participation rate”, Singaporeans, especially mid-career workers, will have more opportunities to upskill and obtain qualifications up to university level over the course of their life.
  • We will further study the mix between the degree training places in Pre-Employment Training (PET) and Continuing Education (CET).
  • To help Singaporeans improve their skills and meet the diverse learning needs of adult learners, Institutes of Higher Education (IHL), including Autonomous Universities (AU), will also review their wider range of CET program offerings to improve quality and accessibility.

(Updated) Actions in the Applied Education Opportunities and Pathways Review

  • The second Minister of Education, Dr. Maliki Osman, announced in January 2022 improvements to the polytechnic and ITE sector resulting from the Review of Applied Education Opportunities and Pathways. These improvements will be gradually implemented starting from the academic year (AY) 2022. Other updates are as follows:

Improve student career readiness and resilience for the future economy

  • Improve the curricular structure of the ITE
    • ITE will continue to work with industry partners and other educational institutions to are gradually increasing their work-study degree (WSDip) and technical degree (TD) offerings from AY2022.
    • This contributes to previously announced plans to expand ITE’s WSDip offerings to 1,000 places in 2025.
  • Increase opportunities for deeper industry exposure
    • The polytechnics will launch pilot projects in AY 2022 to explore providing additional industry exposure opportunities such as internships and job shadowing opportunities.
  • Strengthening LifeSkills Skills Development
    • The MOE and polytechnics/ITEs have worked together to develop a common LifeSkills framework, comprising 10 LifeSkills to help students navigate between work and adulthood.
    • Polytechnics and ITE will improve their study programs to ensure that all students develop basic skills in these 10 LifeSkills.
    • Autonomous Universities (AUs) will similarly improve and align their curriculum with the new framework.

Recognize diversity and provide more flexibility and opportunities for all

  • Additional flexibility for polytechnic students in their course
    • Polytechnics will provide greater modular flexibility for students who would benefit from spreading their learning over more than three years.
    • From AY2022, all polytechnics will pilot a more structured process in selected schools to offer more students the flexibility to spread their learning over three years.

(Update) Industry Partnerships

  • Polytechnics and ITE will strengthen their partnerships with industry to increase opportunities for graduates to improve their skills and broaden their career prospects. To begin, they work closely with private sector leaders and labor representatives from five industries: manufacturing, built environment, infocomm technology, retail and foodservice.
  • These partnerships will help IHL increase the quantity and quality of internships, provide more work-study and on-the-job development opportunities, and identify and promote access to sectors that offer good prospects. careers for graduates.
  • IHL is ready to work with partners to attract more local talent to their industries, develop the skills of their existing workforce, and create a corporate culture that supports upskilling.

Investing in our employees to retrain and remain employable

We will strengthen support for mid-career individuals to retrain and upskill throughout their careers, while enabling them to pursue new careers amid economic transformation. The MOE will also explore how to improve our support for mid-career Singaporeans, particularly those in their 40s and 50s, to retool and learn new skills, and seize new career opportunities.

(New) New SkillsFuture Career Transition Program (SCTP)

  • The SGUnited Skills (SGUS) and SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways – Company Training (SGUP-CT) programs were launched in 2020 as time-limited programs to provide opportunities for Singaporeans affected by the economic impact of COVID-19 training to access new job opportunities in a changing economic landscape.
  • As SGUS and SGUP-CT end at the end of March 2022, we will introduce a new SkillsFuture Career Transition Program (SCTP) from April 2022. The SCTP is a Train-and-Place (TnP) program that combines the main characteristics of SGUS and SGUP-CT.
  • Under the SCTP, individuals can access modular, industry-focused training courses lasting from three to 12 months. All SCTP courses will involve elements of industry exposure such as industry attachments and projects. Trainees can visit the My SkillsFuture course directory to browse available SCTP courses.
  • The SCTP will also offer enhanced support services before and after the training. Prior to course registration, skills and training guidance will be provided to help trainees select appropriate courses that match their strengths and interests. Employment facilitation services will also be integrated into the program to improve the employment prospects of trainees.
  • SCTP courses will be heavily subsidized, with grants of up to 90% of course fees. Interns can use their additional SkillsFuture Credit (Mid-Career Support) to offset course fees.
  • Additional course fee funding support of up to 95% of course fees will be provided to jobseekers with higher needs. To be eligible for additional course fee funding, individuals must be citizens of Singapore and meet one of the following eligibility criteria:
    • Beneficiaries of ComCare Short and Medium Term Assistance (SMTA); Where
    • Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) recipients; Where
    • The long-term unemployed (LTU) (unemployed for six months or more); Where
    • People with disabilities registered with SGEnable.
  • More information about SCTP and additional financial support for course fees can be found at: https://www.myskillsfuture.gov.sg/content/portal/en/career-resources/career-resources/campaigns/skillsfuture-career-transition-programme.html

(Updated) Expanded Course Coverage for Additional Skills Future Credit (SFC) (Mid-Career Support)

  • We are committed to helping mid-career Singaporeans stay employable and transition into new careers in growing industries. To this end, Singaporean citizens between the ages of 40 and 60 received an additional $500 in SFC (mid-career support) in 2020, which they could use to cover the costs of career transition programs, as well as SGUS and SGUP-CT.
  • To build support for this group to help them emerge stronger in the post-COVID economy and provide them with more flexibility to pursue training that meets their employment and skills needs, we will expand coverage. additional SFC (mid-career support) courses to include approximately 7,000 courses starting June 1, 2022. These include courses with workforce development outcomes (e.g., results in employment and salary) offered by CET centers and program partners, courses that meet educational requirements for Progressive Wage Model (PWM) sectors, as well as full qualification courses offered by IHL and MOE-subsidized full qualification courses at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and LASALLE College of Arts.


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