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Set National And Personal Goals For Lifelong Learning

Implicit in the focus on adult and lifelong learning is the desire to raise labour productivity levels in Singapore, though in this pursuit of greater economic competitiveness and a stronger meritocracy of skills – “where people gain satisfaction from learning at every stage of life … as well as from mastering the skill and being part of a community of learners” (ST, Apr. 26) – shifting socio-cultural mindsets to be more proactive and to participate is as important as increasing the number of educational opportunities. In setting broader goals, in this vein, it would be productive for the government to consider the eagerness of Singaporeans, their willingness and ability to balance work, family, and personal commitments with training and development, and their future trajectories. Continue reading

But What Are The “Right Skills” For Job Seekers?

That job seekers “need to identify and learn the right skills to capitalise on job openings as hiring picks up” (ST, Nov. 30) is incontrovertible, yet what is less clear is what these “right skills” are and the extent to which job seekers are cognisant of them in the first place, as well as whether Workforce Singapore (WSG) has effectively helped to address the challenge of a skills mismatch through its programmes and services. And furthermore given that these skills are likely to be tied to the characteristics of the industries and the background of the job seekers, it may be more productive for the government – perhaps through the WSG – to specify the industries or sectors, before detailing the corresponding skills and training needed. Continue reading

Challenging The Need For A (Private) Degree

A question which unfortunately remained unanswered in TODAY’s commentary (Apr. 7) on the comparatively low employment rate and starting salary of private school graduates – based on the findings from the latest graduate employment survey (GES) published by the Private Education Institute (PEI) – is the extent to which, in the first place, a (private) university degree is needed in Singapore. Continue reading

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