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SINGAPORE: Learn for the future, learn throughout life and learn for impact – that is the advice from Education Minister Heng Swee Keat to over 5,000 graduates from Nanyang Polytechnic on Friday (May 15).
The skills needed to excel in chosen fields today may be different from skills needed ten years from now, added Mr Heng.
“There is so much changing in the world, much of it driven by technology. So change is the one constant in life,” he said. “With SkillsFuture, we commit to helping you acquire the skills that will help you stay on the top of change and excel at what you do, so that you can own a better future.”
He highlighted how initiatives under SkillsFuture will help Singaporeans learn throughout their life.
First, the Earn and Learn programme targeted at fresh poly and ITE graduates, which is a work-study programme designed to give fresh graduates a head-start in careers related to their discipline of study. It provides them with more opportunities to build on the skills and knowledge they acquired in school after graduation, and to better support their transition into the workforce.
And throughout the entire stage of life, Singaporeans can select from a wide range of highly-subsidised courses to meet their specific learning needs any time in their career. These will range from full qualification programmes such as specialist and advanced diplomas to bite-sized modular courses that provide more targeted upgrading.
Upon reaching the age of 25, there is also the SkillsFuture Credit to tap on, which can be used to pay for fees of work-skills reared courses on top of existing course fee subsidies.
“SkillsFuture is about supporting Singaporeans to deepen skills at every stage of your careers. We hope to create a culture where all Singaporeans can learn throughout life, to develop the skills needed to stay ahead,” said Mr Heng.