Pilot Programme Launched for ICT Students in Singapore to Gain Work Experience in Leading Firms

September 5, 201611:22 am1477 views
Pilot Programme Launched for ICT Students in Singapore to Gain Work Experience in Leading Firms
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Institute of Technical Education (ITE) students in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and engineering disciplines could explore avenues of working with leading firms such as Sakae Holdings, by taking advantage of the pilot programme recently launched.

The pilot programme launch is joint initiatives by JP Morgan and non-profit Social Innovation Park (SIP) to help 100 such students in ICT acquire new skills in areas of communication and project management through workshops and mentorships. The recruitment for the programme is slated to begin next month and the programme is scheduled to begin next year.

This year-long programme will be conducted in conjunction with the ITE’s core coursework. Students for the programme will be selected on the basis of their interest and study; they will be matched along with their suitable mentors.

Students who are keen on joining the ICT and engineering trades and those students, which the college feels are more inclined and prepared will be selected for the programme and matched with their mentors.

Besides involving students from the ITE, Chong Leong Fatt, deputy principal of development at ITE College Central told Today Online, “The programme would be extended to other ITE colleges, as well as those outside of the ICT and engineering disciplines.”

The goal of this programme is to expose students to the workplaces such that they can be more prepared and make informed career choices. Speaking at the CSR and Social Innovators Forum, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said that beyond the Government’s approaches to social problems, such as subsidies, ground-up initiatives were critical.

He further added, “No government scheme can replicate the initiatives hinged on human relationships that are built over trust and time. You can only shape intrinsic motivations through interactions, relationships and the nudging that comes from expectations of each other through those relationships on the ground.”

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