Summit Snippets: 11 join Incubate partnership

11 join Incubate partnership

Eleven organisations from different industries joined the National Environment Agency's (NEA) drive to modernise the environmental services sector.

Marina Bay Sands, Nanyang Technological University and the Singapore Zoological Gardens were among those who entered the Innovating and Curating Better Automation and Technologies for Environmental Services (Incubate) partnership at the CleanEnviro Summit Singapore 2018 yesterday.

The Incubate partnership is an initiative of the Environmental Services Industry Transformation Map, which aims to drive innovation, promote greater adoption of technology, improve skills, raise productivity and seize opportunities overseas.

Mentorship scheme for ITE students

At least 40 students who enter the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) next year will have a chance to take part in a mentorship programme that is the first of its kind in South-east Asia.

Under it, ITE students in the information and communication technology (ICT) and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) fields will get mentorship from industry experts right from their first year.

IBM signed a memorandum of understanding for the P-Tech - Pathways in Technology Early College High School - model with ITE and the five polytechnics yesterday.

The mentors will be with them until they get their diploma, either in one of the five polytechnics or through an ITE Work-Learn Technical Diploma.

While workplace learning already takes place in ITE, the P-Tech model is a more in-depth and concerted effort, with additional opportunities such as job shadowing and workplace challenges, on top of the typical internships.

It is the fifth P-Tech programme in the world after the United States, Morocco, Australia and Taiwan, and planning for it began in January, said Ms Harriet Green, chief executive officer and chairman of IBM Asia-Pacific.

Water sector sees strong growth

With more than 200 water companies and more than 25 research institutes, Singapore's water sector has generated $2.5 billion for the economy every year and 14,400 jobs.

This puts the Republic on track to meet its 2020 target of $2.85 billion a year and 15,000 jobs for the water sector.

This comes after the National Research Foundation has pumped in $670 million for water R&D projects since 2006, national water agency PUB and the Economic Development Board said in an update yesterday during the Singapore International Water Week.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 10, 2018, with the headline 'Summit Snippets'. Print Edition | Subscribe