Aspire committee report: Trained career officers, one-stop portal to help students make better choices

Singapore Polytechnic students trying out some of the software that will be featured at the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) Labs. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Singapore Polytechnic students trying out some of the software that will be featured at the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) Labs. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Students in secondary schools, junior colleges, polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) will soon have trained career officers who can guide them through making decisions for the future.

A one-stop portal will also be set up for students and working adults to make transiting to the workforce more seamless.

These are among recommendations to strengthen education and career guidance efforts across an individual’s entire life, from schooling years to beyond graduation, which were released on Monday by the Applied Study in Polytechnics and ITE Review (Aspire) committee.

Currently, schools do not have coaches or counsellors who are dedicated to providing students advice about their careers. Such advice is usually given by teachers and lecturers.

The portal will integrate the existing career guidance resources in schools with the Workforce Development Agency’s Individual Learning Portfolio, an online account for workers to track their training and job opportunities. It will also have features such as self-assessment tools, up-to-date labour market information and course requirements for students. Working adults will also have access to information about upgrading and furthering their skills.