Strategic road map to support workplace learning

Minister of State for Education Gan Siow Huang at the launch of the road map.

Companies here will receive greater support in implementing workplace learning with the launch of a new road map that aims to ensure the continued relevance of mid-career workers.

As part of the effort to develop the training and adult education (TAE) sector, the Singapore University of Social Sciences' Institute for Adult Learning (IAL) launched a five-year strategic road map yesterday.

A third National Centre of Excellence for Workplace Learning will be opening this year to help develop work-team capabilities and workplace learning in enterprises.

The centre will lend its expertise to small and medium-sized enterprises and help them integrate workplace learning practices and systems for business resilience, such as by helping them build in-house training systems.

In addition, the IAL will undertake studies on lifelong and workplace learning to determine their impact on digital innovation. It will also research the impact of globalisation and technological shifts on learning and employment outcomes.

The institute will create new avenues for enterprises to access resources, such as its network of TAE practitioners, to help those seeking to implement workplace learning and transformation practices.

Launching the road map yesterday, Minister of State for Education Gan Siow Huang said the coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital technologies in the workplace, creating a need for training providers to adapt to online platforms.

Over the next five years, the institute will continue providing avenues for educators to learn and upgrade. This includes targeted learning for TAE practitioners who are keen to keep their skills current, as well as formal learning programmes that lead to a degree or post-graduate qualifications.

The IAL will also award badges to recognise the competencies of industry practitioners.

"With a robust plan laid out for the next five years, IAL is well-positioned to lead the transformation of the TAE sector to support the next bound of SkillsFuture," Ms Gan said, noting that the vision is for IAL to be the go-to authority for the sector.

The IAL's iN.LAB, established five years ago to spur innovation in adult learning, also announced a new partnership with key industry players within the learning innovation community, including start-up incubator Spaze.

The network is intended to provide support to start-ups through mentorship and internship opportunities, and through exploring commercialisation of prototypes.

In the next five years, IAL also intends to bring the TAE community together to more closely foster learning innovation.

IAL executive director Lee Wing On said the next five years are very significant for the TAE sector and Singapore. "As a champion of the TAE sector, we stand at a critical juncture to develop a sustainable and competitive workforce, at a time when the paradigms of training and learning are moving towards new innovations and greater digital possibilities."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 23, 2020, with the headline Strategic road map to support workplace learning. Subscribe