Past PSLE Papers To Be Released in Examination Format: Providing Greater Clarity On The Overall Standard Of The PSLE
Since 1993, the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) has been releasing the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) questions by topics for Mathematics and Science, and by item types for the English Language and Mother Tongue Languages. This has supported teaching and learning in schools and helped familarise students with the types of questions in the PSLE.
Starting 2015, on an annual basis, SEAB will be releasing PSLE papers from the previous three years in examination format, for both the standard and foundation levels1, in all subjects. This enhancement aims to provide students and parents with greater clarity on the overall standard of the PSLE.
The PSLE is a checkpoint in a child’s learning journey, intended to help him take stock of his learning before entering the next phase of education. Hence, the PSLE is designed to test students’ mastery of knowledge and skills in the Singapore primary syllabuses. The examination papers are pitched appropriately and aligned to the primary syllabuses. As the examinations are designed for a wide range of students, there is a spread of questions that enables all students to demonstrate different levels of mastery.
Chief Executive of SEAB, Ms Tan Lay Choo, said, “With a clearer understanding of the overall standard of the PSLE, we hope parents will be better informed in supporting their child for the PSLE, while bearing in mind the importance of giving their child time and space to pursue other meaningful activities and personal interests.”
For 2015, the release will include PSLE papers from 2012 to 2014. It will be published by appointed publishers and made available at major bookstores from 7 February 2015, Saturday.Footnote
- Each year, our primary 5 students will be offered a mix of Standard or Foundation subjects depending on their aptitude in each subject, as demonstrated by their performance in the primary 4 school-based examinations.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) has launched a ‘Singapore Academic and Research Talent Scheme’ to give young Singaporeans who have a passion for an academic career the jumpstart to join our Autonomous Universities (AUs). The scheme will also play a part in nurturing the next generation of leaders in our universities. This will support our universities in building up a strong Singaporean core of academic and research talent.
MOE and the AUs aim to offer over 1,500 scholarships at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels over the next 15 years.
Opportunities for Singaporeans to pursue a career in academia at our universities will be enhanced. The scheme will grow the number of scholarships that the universities can support, so that many more talented young people with an interest in teaching and research can benefit.
The Singapore Academic and Research Talent Scheme comprise two key initiatives:i) Co-funding of post-graduate talent development schemes
MOE funds half of the post-graduate talent development schemes offered by the AUs to Singaporeans to groom future faculty. This includes:
- NUS’ Overseas Graduate Scholarship and Overseas Postdoctoral Fellowship and NUS’ Early Career Award
- NTU’s Senior Tutorship Scheme
- SMU’s Faculty Development Scheme
Starting 2015, young Singaporeans with an interest to pursue a career in academia will be better supported through a new MOE-Autonomous University (MOE-AU) Scholarship.
About 10-15 scholarships will be offered each year to students who are about to pursue or are in the midst of pursuing their undergraduate studies, and who demonstrate a high level of proficiency, motivation, and interest in a particular subject field. If they do well, these students will be sponsored for postgraduate scholarships and take up academic positions offered by the universities.
A distinctive feature of the MOE-AU Scholarship will be the pairing of scholarship recipients with the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, or Singapore Management University.
The AU will provide a comprehensive developmental programme to prepare the scholarship recipient well for an academic career. The AU will also assign an established academic to mentor each recipient. The mentor will share academic guidance, career advice, as well as research expertise.
Application for the MOE-AU Scholarship is now open. Full-term and mid-term applications will close on 31st March 2015 and 31st May 2015 respectively. The application form can be downloaded from MOE’s website. More details on the scholarship can be found in the Annex.
Release of 2014 Singapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level Examination Results and 2015 Joint Admissions Exercise for Junior Colleges, Millennia Institute, Polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education
The results of the 2014 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE ‘O’ Level) Examination will be released on Monday, 12 January 2015.
School candidates may collect their results from their schools at 2.00 pm on 12 January 2015.
Private candidates will be notified of their individual results by post. They will also be able to access their results online (using the password provided to them) via the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board website at http://www.seab.gov.sg from 2.00 pm on 12 January 2015.Joint Admissions Exercise
Students who wish to apply for Junior Colleges (JCs), Millennia Institute (MI), Polytechnics or the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) may do so through the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) using their GCE ‘O’ Level results.
The following groups of applicants are eligible to participate in the JAE:
- All Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Singapore Permanent Residents (SPRs) with valid GCE ‘O’ Level Examination results
- International students studying in a Government School, Government-Aided School or Independent School in Singapore with valid 2014 GCE ‘O’ Level Examination results
JAE registration will open from 3.00 pm on Monday, 12 January 2015 to 4.00 pm on Friday, 16 January 2015.
Applicants are to submit their application online through the JAE Internet System (JAE-IS) at http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/jae.
Eligible applicants who sat for the 2014 GCE ‘O’ Level Examination will receive Form A on the day of the release of examination results. Form A will list:
The applicant’s GCE ‘O’ Level Examination results;
The courses which he/she is eligible to apply for under the JAE; and
His/her JAE-PIN (i.e. a personal password for the applicant to access JAE-IS).
Applicants are to complete the course application worksheet (provided in Form A or the JAE information booklet) before submitting the online application via the JAE-IS. Applicants who have completed their worksheet prior to logging on to the JAE-IS should be able to complete their applications on the JAE-IS in less than 15 minutes.
Applicants are required to use their NRIC number or FIN, together with the JAE-PIN that is provided in their Form A, to access the JAE-IS. A SingPass is not required.
Applicants are to provide a local mobile phone number during registration through JAE-IS if they wish to receive the results of their JAE application via Short Messaging System (SMS).
SC/SPR applicants, who did not sit for the 2014 GCE ‘O’ Level Examination, are required to use their NRIC and SingPass to access the JAE-IS. Alternatively, they may apply in person at MOE Customer Service Centre during the JAE registration period. To do this, applicants are required to bring along their original identity card, original GCE ‘O’ Level Examination certificate(s)/result slip(s) and Secondary School report book and/or CCA Certificate(s).
An application fee of $7 will be charged for the first application, and an additional $10 will be charged for amendment of choice(s) to the submitted application. Applicants are allowed to amend their submitted application only once. They are not required to make their fee payment online during the JAE period. All JAE application fees will be collected only after the exercise, by the institution (i.e. JC, MI, Polytechnic or ITE) that the applicant is enrolled in.Results of Application
The posting results of the JAE application are tentatively scheduled for release on Thursday, 29 January 2015 through the following modes:
JAE-IS which is accessible through the JAE website;
SMS to the mobile phone number provided by applicant during registration
For more details on the JAE, applicants may refer to:
JAE Website at http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/jae;
MOE Customer Service Centre at 6872-2220 during office hours (Mon-Fri : 8am-6pm / Sat: 8am-1pm)
In addition, students can also participate in the Joint Polytechnic Special Admissions Exercise (JPSAE). The JPSAE complements the existing JAE, by allowing Polytechnics to consider applicants based on a broader measure of merit beyond academic performance in the GCE ‘O’ Level Examination. Through the JPSAE, Polytechnics may admit students who have demonstrated a strong passion or aptitude for the course applied for through work attachments and sustained involvement in course-related projects, or students with outstanding talents or achievements in leadership, community service, entrepreneurship, sports, and artistic and creative areas.
The selection criteria and mode for assessing applicants’ talents and achievements, which may include portfolios and interviews, will be determined by the respective Polytechnics. Only applicants assessed to be able to cope with the rigour of a diploma education are admitted.
The JPSAE will be conducted concurrently with the JAE. A student may apply to both JPSAE and JAE. Successful applicants may be offered a course under the JAE, and the same or another course under the JPSAE. Students who are offered courses under both JAE and JPSAE should accept only one of the two offers.
The posting results of the JPSAE are tentatively scheduled for release on Friday, 30 January 2015. More details on the JPSAE can be found at http://www.polytechnic.edu.sg/jpsae and on the respective Polytechnics’ websites.Progression Pathways for Secondary Four Normal (Academic) Students The Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP)
Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) students who attempted the Normal (Academic) examinations in 2014 and obtained an ELMAB3 aggregate not exceeding 11 points1 will be eligible to apply for the Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP). The PFP is an alternative to the Secondary 5 Normal (Academic) year. It is a one-year foundation programme at the Polytechnics that offers a practice-oriented curriculum taught by Polytechnic lecturers.
On 12 January 2015, students eligible for the PFP will receive a copy of Form P from their respective secondary schools, inviting them to apply for the PFP. Each copy of Form P contains a unique password. Students should use the respective passwords to submit their applications online via the PFP website at http://www.polytechnic.edu.sg/pfp/apply.html.
Application for the PFP will open from 2.00 pm on Monday, 12 January 2015 to 4.00 pm on Friday, 16 January 2015.
The PFP posting results will be released at 2.00 pm on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 through the PFP website. Students will be required to indicate whether they wish to accept, reject or appeal for a change of course by 4.00 pm on Thursday, 22 January 2015. More details on the PFP can be found at http://www.polytechnic.edu.sg/pfp.The Direct-Entry-Scheme to Polytechnic Programme (DPP)
The final application phase for the Direct-Entry-Scheme to Polytechnic Programme (DPP) will open at 2.30 pm on Monday, 12 January 2015 and close before midnight on Tuesday, 27 January 2015. Newly eligible students should submit their DPP applications online via the DPP application portal at http://www.ite.edu.sg/wps/portal/intake/.
The DPP posting results for applications made under the final application phase will be released from 9.00 am on Thursday, 15 January 2015 onwards through the DPP application portal. Students will be required to indicate whether they wish to accept or reject the DPP offer by 12 noon on Friday, 30 January 2015. More details on the DPP are available at http://www.ite.edu.sg/wps/portal/definitely-des/.For successful PFP and/or DPP applicants
The last day of school for Secondary 5 students who have accepted a place in the PFP will be on 30 January 2015. Existing DPP students who have been offered and accepted a place in the PFP should apply for withdrawal from ITE. Students will be informed by the respective Polytechnics on the dates of enrolment for the PFP.
Students who have been offered a place in the DPP under the final application phase should report to ITE upon acceptance of their DPP course offer.Footnote
- The ELMAB3 aggregate comprises English Language (EL), Mathematics (MA), and the student’s three best other subjects. To be eligible for the PFP, students must also attain a minimum of Grade 3 in all subjects that make up the ELMAB3 aggregate. More information can be found at http://www.polytechnic.edu.sg/pfp/pfp_eligibility.html ↩
The Ministry of Education (MOE) invites our Pioneers and Seniors to celebrate SG50 with a large-scale tribute event, “MOE Celebrates SG50 with Our Pioneers and Seniors at Gardens by the Bay”, on 4 April 2015. The theme, “Living the Legacy, Sowing Seeds of the Future”, pays tribute to our pioneering educators and staff who have left an imprint on our education today and who continue to impact future generations of Singaporeans. Minister for Education, Mr Heng Swee Keat, will be the Guest of Honour for the event, which is expected to draw more than 16,000 people.
The Pioneers and Seniors will be able to enjoy the day with their friends and family, take “A Walk Down Memory Lane”, and participate in a series of meaningful and fun-filled activities lined up for them. The event highlights include:
- Complimentary admission to the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest Conservatories for all MOE Pioneers and Seniors, and one accompanying guest each1
- Morning P.E. (exercise activities)
- Student performances
- Health awareness roadshow
- Bazaar (e.g. healthy snacks, flower displays, books)
- Fringe activities such as cooking demonstrations, caricature drawing, and photo booths
Mr Heng Swee Keat said, “This special event is to honour and express our deepest appreciation for our pioneer educators. They dedicated their lives to nurturing generations of Singaporeans. This firm grounding in education provided the basis for our success as a nation. I hope this will also inspire younger educators to build on this legacy and take our education to greater heights.”
All former and serving MOE pioneers and seniors (education officers and administrative staff who are 60 and above as at 31 December 2014) are invited to register for tickets to the Conservatories by 10 February. Registration is available at www.moe.gov.sg/pioneereducators. Please refer to the Annex for details on the programme. More details on the event are also available at the website.
We look forward to celebrating SG50 with our Pioneers and Seniors at this event. “MOE Celebrates SG50 with Our Pioneers and Seniors at Gardens by the Bay” is part of a year-long series of MOE Celebrates SG50 activities to commemorate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee. MOE and schools will take part in various activities, which includes “Youth Celebrate!” and the mySG Trails and Exhibitions, to celebrate the shared values of Singaporeans and affirm aspirations for a brighter Singapore.Footnote
- Each registered pioneer and senior and an accompanying guest will be entitled to a meal voucher and a complimentary ticket to the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest Conservatories. ↩
Schools will commemorate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee by taking part in various activities across the year in 2015 to celebrate the shared values of Singaporeans and affirm aspirations for a brighter Singapore. Through these activities, students will reflect on Singapore’s pioneering spirit and celebrate what makes us Singaporeans. There will also be opportunities for students to take the lead in showcasing their boundless creativity, imaginative aspirations and resolute commitment to contribute to Singapore’s future.
The celebrations will kick-off with the launch of the Jubilee edition of student publications The Straits Times Little Red Dot and IN by Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education, at Yio Chu Kang Secondary School, on the first day of school. Using these publications, teachers will work with students to recap milestone moments in Singapore’s history, celebrate its successes and significant moments, and reflect on the future they desire. These publications will build on other SG50 elements that will be incorporated in the 2015 curriculum through various subjects and Character and Citizenship Education.
Schools will also take part in ‘Youth Celebrate!’ - a showcase of youth achievement in sports, uniformed groups and performance arts. The highlights of the event include inter-school sports events, display band performance and two record-setting aquatic feats.
As schools commemorate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, educators and the public will be joining in the celebrations too.
The public can look forward to activities such as mySG Trails and Exhibitions, where students will identify aspects of Singapore such as its people, places and developments that they wish to showcase in a creative and experiential way. The public can sign up for the trails with students as their guides.
Pioneer and senior educators will also be invited to a full-day celebration at Gardens by the Bay. They will enjoy school performances, take ‘A Walk Down Memory Lane’ and participate in the variety of activities lined up for them. There will also be a public exhibition to pay tribute to pioneer educators, and celebrate MOE’s journey over the past 50 years.
After five days of competitions (1 - 5 Dec), the 6th ASEAN Schools Games (6th ASG) came to a successful close on 5 Dec, as 700 student-athletes and officials gathered for a Closing Ceremony held at the Marikina Sports Center, Manila, Philippines. The Singapore Schools contingent won a total of 39 medals - 10 Gold, 10 Silver, and 19 Bronze. Please refer to Annex A for breakdown of the medals won for each event.
At the Closing Ceremony, Hon. Federico Romero “Miro” S. Quimbo, Representative of 2nd District, Marikina City, said, “Over the years, the ASG has been a great platform in bringing together student-athletes from various countries in Southeast Asia. It is an honour for Philippines to host the ASG, which is not only an avenue for sports but also for friendship between the Southeast Asian nations.”
During the games, Singapore’s ambassador to the Philippines, Mr V.P. Hirubalan, visited the student-athletes to commend them for their participation and to affirm the importance of the ASG for regional integration. He said, “This event is a very good opportunity for our students to get to know their counterparts from other ASEAN countries. For Singapore, it is also a chance to fly our flag high, and by looking at the students’ faces here, they are really enjoying the event and are proud to represent Singapore.”
Chef-de-Mission for the Singapore Schools contingent, Mrs Judina Cheong, said, “I am proud of our student athletes who have played their games well, achieved their personal best and displayed good sportsmanship. I appreciate our Officials and Coaches who have carried out their duties with dedication. They encouraged and looked after our athletes well. I am also grateful to our Singaporean parents who have come to support their children in their games.”
The student-athletes from the Singapore Schools contingent are from a total of 48 secondary schools and junior colleges. Selected based on their overall performance at the National School Games and other local and regional sports competitions, the budding young athletes were grateful for the chance to represent Singapore at the ASEAN level. Gold Medallist Lee Chyi Fang from the Wushu team is glad that Wushu was included in the ASG this year, as it provided her a platform to take part in a regional competition. She said, “It is an exciting experience for the Wushu team as our opponents are strong, but we stayed focused and did our best at the competitions. We also get to make friends with like-minded individuals in other ASEAN countries who share our same passion in Wushu.”
The ASG also allows the students to learn more about ASEAN, and experience how sports have brought ASEAN nations together. The competitions provided opportunities for students from different countries to interact and make friends, while learning about their cultures. At the Marikina Sports Complex, students also took part in an exhibition to learn about the sports icons of the various ASEAN countries. Deputy Chef-de-Mission for the Singapore Schools contingent, Mr Mohamed Razali B Abdul Hamed said, “The ASG was conceptualised to not only promote youth sports development, but also enhance the ideals and spirit of ASEAN cooperation and solidarity. Hence, in every edition of the ASG, the cultural exchange programme plays a key role in enabling the participants to experience the culture, history and dynamism of the host country and its people.”
Mr Chan Thiam Huat, a parent who travelled to Manila to support his child, Prudence Chan from the Gymnastics team, noted the good exposure provided by the ASG. He said, “The ASG is Prudence’s first overseas competition. The experience will stand her in good stead for future overseas sports meets.”
Teacher-Coach from Sepak Takraw team, Mr Abdul Mutalib B Ab Rahaman, noted the high level of competition at the ASG, and commended the good showing by the team. He said, “I am very happy to see the boys putting what they have learned during our trainings into action at the Games. The team picked up valuable learning points in the process. I am confident that they will put up an even better performance for the 2015 games in Brunei.”
Student athlete James Leow from the Golf team has honed his leadership skills as the Captain of the team. James said, “Playing on a different course pushed us out of our comfort zone and we learnt the need to adapt quickly to play the game well. Through the competitions, I also get to meet players from other countries and pick up new strategies. As the team captain, I learnt the importance of encouraging our teammates not to give up, and to fight hard for every stroke.”
For more details, please visit the official ASG website.
An Innovation Lab known as iN.LAB will be set up by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency’s (WDA) Institute for Adult Learning (IAL), at the Lifelong Learning Institute. iN.LAB is a key initiative under the SkillsFuture Council’s drive to promote technology in learning and propel innovative learning design and delivery, so as to enhance learning experience and efficacy. It will provide a conducive environment to support Continuing Education and Training (CET) partners and practitioners in their efforts to cultivate collaboration and experimentation, build capabilities and establish network to develop innovative learning solutions that would benefit learners and the CET Community.
iN.LAB will be launched in the second half of 2015.
The Sectoral Manpower Plan (SMP) is a key initiative under SkillsFuture that brings together employers, unions, education and training providers, trade associations and the Government, to project future skills needs and set out a systematic plan to develop those skills in the local workforce. It takes a sectoral and forward-looking approach to developing the skills needed for our economic and social sectors.What are the objectives of a SMP and what will a SMP include?
The SMP seeks to achieve three key objectives at the sectoral level:
To identify the current and future skills needs1 for the sector and quality jobs for Singaporeans. Each SMP will take into account the outlook of the sector, how the sector will develop in the future, the manpower and skills needs, including new skills needs that can arise as a result of technology advancement and other macro driving forces.
Based on the skills needs identified for the sector, the SMP will articulate and develop clear career progression pathways that will set out the key competencies and skills needed to progress at each stage of the individual’s career.
These progression pathways will be closely integrated with education, training and development, to ensure greater fluidity between learning and working as the individual progresses in his or her career.
The SMP will lay out plans to attract, retain and develop a deep pool of talent in the sector. This will ensure that Singaporeans, at different stages of their careers, can pick up relevant skills that will allow them to advance to the next milestone of their career; and employers will be able to benefit from a more highly skilled workforce.
As a start, the SMP will focus on the following:
- Lead sectors that have more pressing manpower needs. These lead sectors include essential services such as healthcare, early childhood care and education, and social services.
- New growth sectors that provide exciting job opportunities for Singaporeans, which require a larger pipeline of workers, such as the biopharmaceuticals sector.
- Sectors facing significant manpower challenges such as retail, and food services.
The SMP will be progressively extended to other key sectors in the economy.Footnote
- The Singapore Skills Framework (SSF) will support the development of the SMPs by using a common skills language that can be referenced by the different stakeholders, including individuals, employers and training providers. For individuals, SSF will help them to make informed choices about career development and progression. For employers, it will enable them to make better decisions about continuing education and training investments and strategise their talent recruitment, development and management. For training providers, it will change the way education and training programmes are designed and delivered, to achieve better alignment with industry needs. ↩
SPRING Singapore will work with partners in key sectors to build up a pool of SkillsFuture mentors who will help SMEs develop the potential of their workforce.
SMEs play a key role in developing the skills mastery of our workforce as 70% of our workers are employed by them. However, given their relatively small employment size, SMEs often face challenges developing internal training competence.
SkillsFuture mentors will help SMEs implement measures to deepen the skills of their workforce, and help their supervisors and managers develop their coaching skills; mentors will also provide feedback to the employer and trainee in this learning process.
These mentors would include retirees with deep skills and experience, and mid-career professionals and executives with experience and know-how in different fields.Partners
Starting in Q3 2015, SPRING Singapore will appoint industry partners, such as Trade Associations and Chambers (TACs) and Centres of Innovation (COIs), to help recruit, manage and match the mentors to interested SMEs. The pool of mentors will be built up over the next two years to 200, serving SMEs in the key sectors.
The SkillsFuture Leadership Development Initiative aims to support aspiring Singaporeans in developing the necessary capabilities to take on increased roles and responsibilities in their respective companies.
The initiative recognises that for an individual to take on leadership and managerial roles, having the requisite work experiences and competencies is essential. The individual would also need to be exposed to key global or regional markets and critical business functions.Partners
To ensure that these individuals are able to access relevant developmental opportunities during their careers, the Government will support companies which are keen to create and/or enhance in-house programmes targeted at various levels of their talent pipeline. These may include overseas assignments to key markets, and cross-functional rotations within the companies.
The Government will also continue to strengthen the landscape of education and training providers by working with industry, IHLs, and companies to offer relevant, quality leadership and managerial development courses and programmes.
The establishment of the SkillsFuture Jubilee Fund was announced by the Prime Minister in November 2014 to kick-start support for the SkillsFuture movement and to mark the SG50 celebrations. The Fund will comprise donations from employers, unions, the public and the Government. This broad-based involvement signifies everyone being a stakeholder; and the Government will provide a dollar for dollar matching grant for donations raised.
The Fund will be used to give out SkillsFuture Fellowships, to recognise and develop Singaporeans with deep skills, typically acquired through significant work experience in the same industry/occupation. The Fellowships will help them achieve skills mastery in their respective fields.
Each Fellowship comprises a cash award of $10,000 to support the individual in his skills acquisition journey. The award can be used towards training across a broad range of skills upgrading programmes. Award recipients will be Singaporeans who have had a strong track record of contributing to the skills development of others, and will be expected to continue to do so. They will form a group of ‘Fellows’ who will be role models in the pursuit of skills mastery.
We target to give up to 100 fellowships annually, which can be used for a range of education and training options, in both craft-based and knowledge-based areas.
As employers play an important role in workforce development, SkillsFuture Employer Awards will be given out to exemplary employers who have made significant efforts to invest in employee training and support the SkillsFuture effort through the development of structured skills-based career pathways for their employees. The SkillsFuture Employer Awards are recognition awards and non-monetary in nature.
The SkillsFuture Fellowships will be introduced from 2016. More details about SkillsFuture Fellowships will be released in due course.
The SkillsFuture Study Awards aim to equip Singaporeans with the skills needed to benefit from the quality jobs created by our economy. It aims to support individuals, especially those in the early to mid stages of their careers, to develop and deepen specialist skills needed by our future economic growth sectors and in sectors meeting social needs. For example, they may include software developers, satellite engineers or master craftsmen. The awards can also support those who already have deep specialist skills and wish to develop other competencies such as business and cross-cultural skills.
Recipients of the SkillsFuture Study Awards will receive a monetary award of up to $5,000 to help them with the cost of undertaking work-related education and training, in areas such as advanced manufacturing, next generation logistics, healthcare, and financial services.
We target to give up to 2,000 awards annually in the medium term to Singaporeans who are committed to developing and deepening the skills needed by strategic sectors which are in need of manpower and skills.
The SkillsFuture Study Awards will be introduced in phases, starting this year. More details of the SkillsFuture Study Awards will be released in due course.
In line with the objectives of SkillsFuture to support and encourage lifelong learning and help Singapore Citizens (SCs) stay responsive to a changing workplace, the Ministry of Education (MOE) will be introducing more skills-based modular courses at post-secondary education institutions (PSEIs) (i.e. the Institute of Technical Education [ITE], polytechnics and universities) later this year at the following levels:
- Post-diploma (Diploma (Conversion), Specialist Diploma, Advanced Diploma)
- Undergraduate degree
Recognising that mid-career individuals may face more opportunity costs in undertaking training, MOE and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) will also enhance course subsidies for these individuals to encourage and support their skills development.Expanded Range of Skills-Based Modular Courses at Post-Secondary Education Institutions
A range of flexible, modular and bite-sized learning options will be introduced, taking into consideration the demands of working adults1. These options provide SCs with more opportunities to acquire relevant skills, without the necessity to pursue a full qualification.
There will be no cap on the number of skills-based modular courses that SCs can be funded for. Some of these modular courses can be counted towards a full qualification. SCs enrolled in skills-based modular courses offered at the PSEIs will receive the same levels of subsidies as for part-time programmes at the same level. For example, for SCs below 40 years of age, diploma-level modular courses will be subsidised at the same level as part-time diploma courses.
The first slate of modular courses will provide opportunities for skills building that are relevant to the key priority and growth sectors such as advanced manufacturing, logistics and aviation. The range of courses will be expanded over time to cover other sectors. More details of these short modular courses will be released in the coming months.Enhanced Course Subsidies for SCs Aged 40 and Above
SCs aged 40 and above will enjoy higher subsidies of at least 90% of programme cost for MOE-funded full-time and part-time courses ranging from diploma to postgraduate level in publicly-funded universities, polytechnics and ITE for course semesters commencing from 1 July 2015, and up to 90% of course fees for WDA-supported courses with effect from 1 October 2015. The Government is increasing the subsidy in recognition that mid-career SCs often require significant re-skilling in the middle of their careers. This additional support from the Government helps address the opportunity costs they face. The increased subsidies will help to encourage mid-career individuals to upskill and reskill, thereby helping them to remain competitive and resilient in the job market. Individuals can also tap on the new SkillsFuture Credit, which will be given to all SCs aged 25 and above to support lifelong learning, to defray the course fees.
Existing courses which are already subsidised at a level of 90% or higher will continue to be subsidised at their current levels. These include Nitec, Higher Nitec and WDA-supported courses for rank-and-file-level training.
The existing time bar of five years for post-diploma course subsidies will also be removed.Footnote
- For purposes of illustration, a part-time diploma typically requires about 900 hours of training, delivered through 5 modular certificates (each modular certificate comprises about 3 modules), while a single module covered by a modular course at diploma level can be completed in 30 to 60 hours. ↩
To empower Singapore Citizens (SCs) in their learning and skills development, the Government will create a SkillsFuture Credit for all SCs aged 25 and above. SCs can use the SkillsFuture Credit to take charge of their own learning over the course of their lives. Every SC aged 25 and above will receive an initial credit of $500. The Government will make further top-ups to their SkillsFuture Credit at regular intervals. These credits will not expire, but can only be used for education and training initiated by individuals, to offset course fees. Subsequent cohorts of SCs will similarly receive an initial credit of $500 in the year that they turn 25.
SCs will be able to use their SkillsFuture Credit to pay for the following work-skills related courses, on top of existing subsidies:
Courses subsidised by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA). Please refer to the link for more information: http://www.wda.gov.sg/content/wdawebsite/L204-CourseDirectory.html
Courses offered by the Ministry of Education (MOE)-funded Post-Secondary Education Institutions (i.e. Institute of Technical Education, polytechnics, and autonomous universities). SCs will also be able to use the credits for selected courses at SIM University, LASALLE College of the Arts, and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.
Courses supported by other public agencies. (More details will be released subsequently.)
More than two million SCs will receive the SkillsFuture Credit in 2016. The Government will notify eligible SCs of their SkillsFuture Credit in due course.Adjustments to the Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA)
The SkillsFuture Credit provides SCs with additional support to invest in their education and training as they embark on their working life, and can be used throughout life. Today, eligible SCs can also use funds in their Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) for fees and charges at approved institutions. This account is closed when an individual turns 30. With the introduction of the SkillsFuture Credit for SCs aged 25 and above, MOE will bring forward the closure of the PSEA from the current age of 30 to the age of 25. Upon closure of the PSEA account, monies in the individual’s PSEA will be transferred to their CPF Ordinary Account, as it is today. Individuals can opt to extend their PSEA to age 30 if they would like to continue using their PSEA monies to further their studies at approved publicly-funded institutions.
Please refer to the link for more information on the PSEA today: http://www.moe.gov.sg/initiatives/post-secondary-education-account/
More details of the SkillsFuture Credit will be released in due course.
The Earn and Learn programme is a work-study programme designed to give fresh graduates from polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) a head-start in careers related to their discipline of study. It provides them with more opportunities to build on the skills and knowledge they acquired in school after graduation, and to better support their transition into the workforce.
Participating employers can also recruit local fresh talent and prepare them to take up suitable job roles within the organisation and participants can look forward to a structured career progression pathway.
The SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme is designed in collaboration with industry to ensure relevance to employers. Starting in 2015, the programme will be progressively implemented in different sectors, eventually covering up to one in three polytechnic and ITE graduates.Key Features of SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme
- Participants will be matched to suitable employers related to their disciplines of study, thus allowing them to deepen skills acquired in school, through workplace learning and mentorship.
- Participants will undergo structured on-the-job training and mentorship, leading to industry-recognised certification.
- Participants will be assigned mentors and be supported in continual skills development in accordance with the company’s talent development plan.
- Participants will have a well-structured career development pathway in the company.
How can individuals benefit?
Fresh Polytechnic and ITE graduates of the Programme can benefit by getting a head-start in their careers through: * Acquiring relevant work experience and skills valued by the industry * Attaining industry-recognised qualifications / certificates 1 * Enjoying skills-based wage increments 2 and meaningful career advancement pathways upon programme completion and satisfactory job performanceFootnote
- The industry-recognised qualifications / certificates will vary by sector and job. They may include Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) qualifications, or qualifications issued by the polytechnics and ITE such as Advanced or Specialist Diplomas.↩
- Participants can potentially receive a wage increase upon completion of programme if they perform well and take on enlarged job scopes made possible through the skills they acquire in the course of the programme.↩