In a friendly gesture towards students, SkillsFuture Singapore has increased the number of programmes under the Earn and Learn Programme (ELP) to 60 from 40.
Earn and Learn Programme under SkillsFuture is a very beneficial programme which allows graduates from ITEs and polytechnics to continue their education after graduation and gain work experience at the same time. It provides them with more opportunities, after graduation, to build on the skills and knowledge they acquired in school, and better supports their transition into the workforce.
The new programmes offered will include sectors such as building services and human resources, early childhood care and education, media, MedTech and sports and wellness. It already provides support in programmes including Aerospace, Biomedical Sciences, Food Services, Games Development, Healthcare, Hotel, Infocomm Technology, Retail and other programmes.
This year, SkillsFuture Singapore has decided to place 1,000 participants which is up from around 500 last year. The window for enrolment into the programme has also been extended from one to three years after graduation for ITE or polytechnic students.
Male students entering National Service (NS) will also be provisionally accepted into the Earn and Learn Programme and can begin once they complete NS, said the agency.
SkillsFuture Singapore said the Autonomous Universities will be involved in programmes targeting polytechnic graduates so that the graduates can take modules in them. These modules could also count towards credit exemptions if participants pursue a relevant university degree programme.
While details will only be announced at a later stage, SkillsFuture Singapore said Temasek Polytechnic will be partnering the Singapore University of Social Sciences and the Singapore Institute of Technology to deliver such programmes.