Useful or not? Users get to rate SkillsFuture courses

Senior Minister of State Chee Hong Tat viewing a demonstration by one of the exhibitors at the SkillsFuture Festival yesterday.
Senior Minister of State Chee Hong Tat viewing a demonstration by one of the exhibitors at the SkillsFuture Festival yesterday.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

More informed course choices now possible as portal and app display ratings for first time

Users of the MySkillsFuture platforms can now make more informed course selections, as both the Web portal and phone app are displaying user ratings for selected courses for the first time.

These ratings are based on two surveys: one on the satisfaction of trainees at the end of each course, and another that measures, six months later, how much trainees have applied what they learnt.

The new ratings system will be rolled out progressively to all SSG-funded courses by the middle of next year, said SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), which operates the portal and app. Qualitative comments by trainees will also be on display.

Senior Minister of State for Education Chee Hong Tat announced these upgrades at the launch of the SkillsFuture Festival yesterday.

"Users can view the feedback from other learners on these courses before deciding which courses they want to choose," he said.

Mr Chee also said the platforms will start recommending courses to users by early next year.

BETTER MATCH

The aim is to have a better match between the recommended courses and the user's needs and interests and also to allow us to process the large number of requests more efficiently.

SENIOR MINISTER OF STATE FOR EDUCATION CHEE HONG TAT, on the MySkillsFuture platforms.

"The aim is to have a better match between the recommended courses and the user's needs and interests and also to allow us to process the large number of requests more efficiently," he said.

Since its launch last year, the MySkillsFuture portal has had 5.4 million user visits and around 550,000 user log-ins, said Mr Chee. The app has been downloaded more than 19,000 times.

Administrative assistant Nicole Koe, 28, who has browsed courses on both the portal and the app, said: "Before this, I could not fully gauge how useful the courses would be for me. But seeing people's feedback and the ratings will allow me to make more informed choices."

In his speech, Mr Chee said resisting technology is not an option. New jobs will require workers here to learn new skills and new approaches at work, he said.

"We need to equip our workers with the knowledge to use technology effectively, like how a craftsman is able to use his tools skilfully to get the job done," he said.

This upskilling must also become part of a "national culture" of lifelong learning from young, he added.

The inaugural SkillsFuture Festival runs until Aug 4. It will see more than 350 learning activities, including forums with industry leaders and free skills demonstrations.

Through the MySkillsFuture platforms, Singaporeans can also participate remotely by buying discounted e-books from publisher McGraw-Hill Education and perusing 350 discounted courses on the online learning platform Udemy.

The festival will also feature the biennial WorldSkills Singapore competition, from July 5 to 7. Top young local talent in skills like information and network cabling, as well as health and social care, will be crowned and will represent Singapore in international competitions.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 01, 2018, with the headline 'Useful or not? Users get to rate SkillsFuture courses'. Print Edition | Subscribe