Singapore has always been big on lifelong learning — with a huge emphasis on up-skilling and re-skilling — so Singaporeans can stay responsive to a changing workplace.
From next month onwards, Republic Polytechnic (RP) alumni will be able to attend up to three free SkillsFuture Series courses.
This initiative is part of RP’s new Alumni Skills Advancement Programme (ASAP) that runs until end of May 2022.
“This offer is valid only for the next three years, that’s why (it’s) called ASAP, because you should not wait too long to register for the courses,” announced principal Yeo Li Pheow yesterday as part of his speech at the first of a series RP graduation ceremonies.
He added that RP offers about 200 SkillsFuture Series courses, but this number is expected to increase.
The courses are industry-relevant training programmes that focus on emerging skills, and typically last from just one to a few days.
“This initiative reflects RP’s commitment to lifelong learning. We hope you make a similar commitment as well,” said Mr Yeo.
Senior Minister of State for Education and Trade and Industry Chee Hong Tat, who was present at the event, said that lifelong learning is important — not just for the individual but also for the greater economy.
“We will need to take advantage of emerging trends, such as new technologies and business models.”
“There is competition, but I am confident that if we work together, we can rise above the competition. It is like a boat in fast-flowing waters, if we don’t move forward, we will be swept behind by the rapid currents. This is a never-ending journey, just like lifelong learning is a lifelong journey.”
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