Singapore sets up centre of excellence for workplace learning

A new centre has been established in Singapore to help companies develop in-house trainers.

SkillsFuture Singapore and Nanyang Polytechnic have teamed up with the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training and the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce to set up the National Centre of Excellence for Workplace Learning (NACE).

NACE will help companies develop its own, in-house, certified trainers.
"Employers training their own workers is the most important pillar of lifelong learning. After the formal education system, learning on the job takes over as the most important avenue for skills and knowledge upgrading,” said Singapore's Education Minister, Ong Ye Kung. 
NACE aims to help more than 1,000 companies over the next five years, especially small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The centre will provide support in mapping out competency requirements and on-the-job training frameworks.
SkillsFuture Singapore will disburse grants to help with costs -- up to 90% for SMEs and up to 70% for everyone else. 
“We will draw on best practices from Switzerland and Germany, and strengthen the support available to companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, to help them develop such in-house capabilities," said Ng Cher Pong, chief executive of SkillsFuture Singapore.

Ng Cher Pong, chief executive of SkillsFuture Singapore, said: 

"With evolving technologies and business demands, it has become imperative that we address any mismatch between jobs and skills,” said Jeanne Liew, chief executive of NYP.

“With this approach, we can work with firms and tailor an approach that is structured and documented, yet has relevant and specific content to the company," she added.

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