A new “via-teach” program beginning subsequent year will permit polytechnic students to not simply get an area in a nearby university but also be assured of a job.
Students in this direction may even graduate from college up to a yr earlier than their peers.
For a start, Temasek Polytechnic (TP) has tied up with the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) and the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) to offer this new pathway in April next yr for forty students in the building services and mechatronics sectors.
This became announced by means of Education Minister Ong Ye Kung the previous day at a piece-research carnival at Nanyang Polytechnic.
The better gaining knowledge of establishments has in current years presented a number of work-have a look at programs at the degree and degree stages, in a fashion that is seeing more convergence among paintings and examines.
But this new pathway, so that it will be accelerated to greater guides, is the first such program in Singapore that offers full-time diploma college students a guaranteed direction to some extent.
Students in TP’s mechatronics degree will cross directly to SIT’s Bachelor of Engineering in mechanical layout and manufacturing engineering, even as those in TP’s included facility control or inexperienced constructing and sustainability path may pass on to SUSS’ Bachelor of Science in centers control.
They will take 3 or more university modules of their third year of the Polytechnic, move on an internship with their sponsoring companies and graduate with a degree.
In college, they may study and paintings concurrently for the corporation, and after graduation return as complete-time employees. The whole program will take about five years.
Mr. Ong stated: “Essentially, college students entering this pathway may be embarking on a Work Study Degree Programme, however starting at some point of their degree program.
“Students can have a continuing incorporated pathway that allows for a longer and greater powerful place of work mastering stint with the identical enterprise.”
“Companies may also benefit thru an extended engagement with the trainees and can better plan for his or her deployment and profession progression,” he introduced.
In a speech addressing 1,500 polytechnic college students and employers, he said that existing paintings-take a look at programs might be expanded.
The Nanyang Technological University will provide six new work-take a look at degrees in regions along with engineering, records technological know-how and commercial enterprise analytics in the new educational yr that starts offevolved next month. Currently, the local universities provide 16 work-have a look at degree programs.
The polytechnics will roll out every other 15 new Earn and Learn programs (ELP), at the same time as the Institute of Technical Education is adding greater work-analyze technical diploma programs, which can be additionally a form of ELP, to its modern-day slate of 14. In total, there are presently 123 ELPs.
Mr. Gary Lim, deputy director of TP’s SkillsFuture Academy, said college students on the new pathway will not repeat similar modules throughout polytechnic and college.
“Many polytechnic college students these days have the aspiration to reap a diploma. At the identical time, we cannot forget the truth that Singapore is facing a manpower shortage in some areas,” he stated.
Students might be decided on yearly for the program after interviews with the colleges and employers, and need to keep an academic grade point average to retain within the program. More than 5 groups and 15 college students have expressed hobby to date.
TP second-year mechatronics student Cecilia Soh, 18, wants to follow for the program as it will give her a head start to college and her profession, and permit her to graduate quicker.
Her coursemate Kenneth Lim, 18, is also eager to take the identical route because of the job protection it offers.
“It is also tougher to get into college from polytechnic, so having that introduced security is ideal.”