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Education Industry Transformation Map launched by SkillsFuture Singapore

Education Industry Transformation Map launched by SkillsFuture Singapore

SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)
launched
the Education (Training and Adult Education (TAE)) Industry Transformation Map
(ITM) on February 1, covering one of the two sub-sectors under the Education
ITM.

The ITM was developed in
collaboration with tripartite partners (i.e. involving the unions and
industry), building on the Training and Adult Education Sector
Transformation Plan
introduced in November 2016. 

Roadmaps are
being developed for 23 industries to address issues within each industry and
deepen partnerships between the Government, firms, industries, trade
associations and chambers. The ITMs are grouped into 6 broad clusters:
Manufacturing, Built environment, Trade & connectivity, Essential Domestic
Services, Modern services and Lifestyle.

Unlike the other ITMs which focus on jobs creation within
their industry, the TAE industry is a critical enabling infrastructure, supporting
industry transformation through skill development and enabling Singaporeans to
stay relevant and competitive in the economy. A high quality and responsive TAE
industry would help address the critical and emerging skills needs of
businesses and individuals across all industries, through upskilling and
reskilling.

In fact, skills frameworks have been developed as part of each
ITM, to support students and professionals in achieving better understanding of
the range of career pathways, skills requirements and available training
programmes, within the sector and sub-sectors. For instance, under the recently
released
Environmental Services ITM, the Skills
Framework for Environmental Services
 was developed by SSG, Workforce
Singapore (WSG) and National Environment Agency (NEA), employers, industry
associations, unions, and education and training institutions, in support of
the Jobs and Skills pillar in the ITM.  

The Education (TAE) ITM has three key thrusts – 1)
Innovation, 2) Jobs and Skills, and 3) Productivity.

It recommends that TAE providers should reposition themselves by providing
training that is tightly integrated with business solutions to support business
performance and meet the skills needs of the industries they serve. SSG will
support training providers in acquiring better understanding of the jobs and
critical and emerging skills needs identified in the different ITMs. Training
providers should also make reference to the Skills Frameworks to structure
their course offerings.

To achieve the necessary innovation in training delivery, TAE providers are
encouraged to enhance learning delivery and effectiveness through blended and
workplace learning. SSG plans to roll out out new programmes on pedagogical and
modular curriculum design, to equip adult educators in making learning even
more relevant and accessible. SSG will also be increasing the adoption of
innovative learning approaches through iN.LEARN 2020, which was launched
in October 2015 to support TAE providers in innovative pedagogy and
technology-enabled learning. 

Under the jobs and skills thrust, SSG will continue to enhance recognition of
the TAE workforce and improve the career and skills pathways for adult
educators, in view of the emerging skills required by the TAE sector.

Currently, there are more than 800 TAE professionals
recognised for both their pedagogical and professional excellence under the
Adult Education Professionalisation (AEP)
initiative, which was launched in 2015.  They are recognised as Associate
Adult Educators, Specialist Adult Educators, or Adult Education Fellows. 
More are expected to come onboard. 

During 2017, SSG also gave out the inaugural batch of 34 SkillsFuture Study Awards for
the TAE sector to encourage TAE professionals to pursue skills mastery and
deepen their professional competencies. SSG plans to make available up to 60
SkillsFuture Study Awards for the TAE sector in 2018.  

SSG’s Institute for Adult Learning will also continue to
refresh its training programmes for TAE professionals in order to support their
skills deepening journey. A Skills Framework for the TAE sector will be
developed to provide key information on the TAE sector, career pathways,
occupations and job roles, as well as existing and emerging skills required for
the occupations and job roles.

SSG has already taken steps in the area of productivity. The
Training Exchange has been rolled out in the MySkillsFuture
portal, to improve the accessibility of training programmes for both companies
and individuals. This provides a comprehensive listing of the courses that
are supported under SkillsFuture. 

To enhance information sharing on course quality between
training providers and individuals, SSG piloted the Training Quality and
Outcome Measurement (TRAQOM) initiative across five areas of training, covering
about 700 courses. The information is published on the MySkillsFuture
portal.  It enables individuals to make more informed training choices and
provides a standardised feedback channel for training providers to improve
their courses. SSG plans to expand TRAQOM to all areas of training in phases.

A community feedback feature has also been implemented on
the MySkillsFuture Portal to better engage individuals and provide greater
transparency on course information. This community feedback feature allows
learners to share their views on the quality of their learning
experience. 

To support the training providers, SSG will make available
several infrastructural solutions to help them reduce the burden of training
administration and improve customer service. An upcoming solution is a set of
training management solutions for TAE providers, which are connected with SSG’s
administrative systems. Such solutions will enable training providers to transact
more seamlessly with SSG.