ITE, polytechnic job-seekers to get more targeted help

Students at the ITE (above) and polytechnics already receive career and education guidance, but the Career Starter Programme will give targeted support, such as one-to-one career counselling, and teach them networking and other essential skills.
Students at the ITE (above) and polytechnics already receive career and education guidance, but the Career Starter Programme will give targeted support, such as one-to-one career counselling, and teach them networking and other essential skills.ST PHOTO: JOSEPH CHUA

The Career Starter Programme provides intensive coaching for graduates who cannot find work

New graduates from polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) will receive more targeted support in their hunt for jobs under a new initiative to help them transit to the working world.

About 28,000 graduating ITE and polytechnic students will receive a guide on job hunting by the end of this month, as part of the Career Starter Programme.

More intensive and personalised coaching will be available for graduates who need help, for example, those who cannot find work despite actively looking for three months.

The Career Starter Programme is by the Workforce Singapore (WSG), a statutory board under the Ministry of Manpower.

The WSG said yesterday that the programme, which starts this month, provides extra and more targeted support for graduating students.

The ITE and polytechnics already provide career and education guidance, mentorship from alumni or industry representatives, internships and job fairs, among other things.

The guide by WSG contains information on job searching, such as the interview process and career coaching. Workshops will be organised to equip students with job search strategies and skills like resume writing and use of job portals.

PERSONALISED GUIDANCE

The transition from school to workplace can be a challenging one for some. We hope this programme will provide them with personalised career guidance and customised job search support so as to increase their chances of landing a job.

MS LYNN NG, group director of Workforce Singapore's Careers Connect Group.

Depending on their needs, the students may receive one-to-one career counselling, learn networking skills or even tour a company before taking up a position.

Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Manpower and Education Low Yen Ling said in a statement that the new programme aims to help young ITE and polytechnic graduates find work suited to their aspirations and qualifications.

"They can make better and informed choices with the aid of the information guide and workshops, as well as career coaching for those who need extra help. This programme and resources like the MySkillsFuture portal are designed to equip, enhance and enable new job entrants to transit smoothly to the working world and give them a strong head start in their careers," she said.

 

Ms Lynn Ng, group director of WSG's Careers Connect Group, said: "The transition from school to workplace can be a challenging one for some. We hope this programme will provide them with personalised career guidance and customised job search support so as to increase their chances of landing a job."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 22, 2019, with the headline 'ITE, polytechnic job-seekers to get more targeted help'. Print Edition | Subscribe