How Many Private Education Institutions Currently Offer Industry-Relevant Training

Published Date: 09 May 2016 12:00 AM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Gan Thiam Poh, Ang Mo Kio GRC

Question

To ask the Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) how many private education institutions currently offer industry-relevant training.

Response

There are 61 private education institutions (PEIs) that offer Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) training in a range of industries from hospitality to digital animation. In addition, another 18 PEIs offer other industry-related courses supported by government agencies such as the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA). These include PEIs such as ST Aerospace Academy and SEED Institute, which offer training in niche fields such as aerospace and early childhood education.

PEIs need to work with industry and constantly update its curriculum, to stay relevant. Individuals also need to assess a course carefully before enrolling.

To help support individuals in their decision making, the Council for Private Education (CPE) makes available information on a PEI’s registration validity and course offerings on its website. CPE also releases online advisories which provide key facts and guides for prospective students in choosing a PEI, and lists enforcement actions taken against PEIs and/or managers.

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