Parliamentary Replies

Over 500 poly, ITE grads joined Earn and Learn

Over 500 graduates from polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education took part in the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme last year.

This is higher than the 400 placements targeted for the year, Parliamentary Secretary for Education Faishal Ibrahim told Parliament yesterday.

The work-study scheme places people in companies so they can work and continue to gain higher qualifications at the same time.

There are 40 Earn and Learn programmes across 23 sectors, including those where Industry Transformation Maps (ITMs) are being developed - such as in the hotel, infocomm technology and logistics sectors, which are among the most popular.

ITMs aim to offer targeted, industry-specific help for companies to invest in skills, boost innovation and promote internationalisation.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) received positive feedback from employers and trainees, Dr Faishal said in response to a question from Ms Sun Xueling (Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC).

"MOE will continue to work with the respective sector agencies to introduce more work-learn programmes to support training and lifelong learning," he said.

On labour MP Desmond Choo's (Tampines GRC) point that entry salaries for industries under the Earn and Learn Programme should be more attractive, he said the ministry would consider this feedback.

He also gave brief details of the upcoming Individual Learning Portfolio, a one-stop online portal for training and employment which will be rolled out in stages from this year.

It will include platforms for users to provide feedback on the available training programmes, he said.

There will also be tools for applicants to profile their career interests, skills gaps and work values, and explore possible jobs and relevant training programmes based on those results.

The Jobs Bank will be integrated into the portal.

And a feature looking at internship opportunities could be considered for future phases of the portal, if the need arises, he said.

Dr Faishal also assured MPs that job postings in the Jobs Bank are up to date as they are automatically removed after 30 days.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 01, 2017, with the headline 'Over 500 poly, ITE grads joined Earn and Learn'. Print Edition | Subscribe