Selection Criteria in Appointing Partners and Course Providers of SkillsFuture Programmes

Published Date: 14 March 2016 12:00 AM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Miss Cheryl Chan Wei Ling, Fengshan

Question

To ask the Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) whether the Ministry uses governance standards as one of the selection criteria in appointing partners and course providers of SkillsFuture programmes. 

Response

SkillsFuture is a national movement to foster a culture of skills mastery and lifelong learning. 

But prior to the launch of SkillsFuture movement, the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) had over the years been championing lifelong learning and accrediting training providers and training courses through its quality assurance system.  

WDA’s quality assurance system comprises Organisation Approval and Course Accreditation to ensure that the development and delivery of Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) courses and the assessment of trainees meet required standards. WDA conducts regular audits on accredited training providers to ensure that they continue to have robust systems in place to deliver quality training. WSQ frameworks are also validated and endorsed by industries. 

Similarly, the MOE-funded Institutes of Higher Learning also have systems in place to monitor and maintain teaching standards and the quality of their programmes. They participate in external audits that ensure their processes and programmes are well-run. In addition, they are validated by external review panels that assess the institutions’ systems and teaching approaches.

The training programmes accredited by WDA and delivered by our Institutes of Higher Learning have been brought under the SkillsFuture Credit scheme, one of the many initiatives under the SkillsFuture Movement.  To provide more choices, we have also included other courses, such as those supported by public agencies, and selected courses offered by People’s Association, under the SkillsFuture Credit scheme.  We will continue to monitor the quality of our appointed partners and training programmes.

 

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