New work-study pathway to help ease students into the workplace

November 10, 201411:06 am342 views
New work-study pathway to help ease students into the workplace
New work-study pathway to help ease students into the workplace

SINGAPORE – New two-year programmes that provide some of its graduates from NorthLight School and Assumption Pathway School with on-the-job training and classes were announced today (5 Nov), aimed at helping them ease into workplaces from school.

The programmes–known as NorthLight Academy and Assumption Pathway Academy–will target graduates who are not yet ready to start work independently or take on further education at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE).

Both schools currently admit students who have failed the Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) once or more.

Open to the graduating batch of students this year, the first batch of students will be admitted from February next year. Both programmes are expected to take a total of 90 graduates per year.

Announcing this during a tour of the Assumption Pathway School today, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said the new programmes will allow students to acquire specific skills to be more independent.

“We are always looking at how we can improve our progression pathways and this is part and parcel of our work in providing multiple pathways for our students to continue to develop, learn skills and to transit from the school to the workplace successfully,” said Mr Heng.

The curriculum will then include on-the-job learning at the workplace with support from school personnel for three days a week. This will be complemented with in-school classes for the remaining two days.

In addition, career coaching and counselling support will be provided to help them identify their strengths and career aspirations, as well as to develop the necessary skills, attitudes and knowledge.

Partners that have come on board the programmes include Park Hotel Group, Pastamania, Metro, among others.


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