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Published Date: 09 January 2017 12:00 AM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Assoc. Prof. Daniel Goh Pei Siong, Non-Constituency Member of Parliament


To ask the Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) (a) what is the current number of approved training organisations (ATO), public and inhouse ATOs, and inhouse ATOs respectively; (b) what is the number of WSQ trainees who have completed courses offered by each of the three types of ATO in 2016; and (c) how will the SkillsFuture movement expand to employer-led and employer-owned training.


1. As of end 2016, there are 419 Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) that are delivering Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) training. Of these, 154 are in-house ATOs, 144 are public ATOs and 121 are both public and in-house ATOs.

2. For the first three quarters of 2016, a total of about 229,000 unique local trainees completed WSQ training. The number of local trainees who completed WSQ training within each category of ATOs are as follows:

Types of ATOs Number of trainees within each category*
In-House ATOs 25,000
Public ATOs 127,000
Public and In-House ATOs 94,000

[* Note: The numbers do not add up to 229,000, as the same trainee may complete training with different categories of ATOs in a year.]

3. Historically, Continuing Education and Training has emphasised employers training their employees. It was only much later, after the setup of Lifelong Learning Endowment Fund, that the Government also promoted individual-initiated training. Employers will continue to play an important role in training and skills development of the workforce and this has been a priority for SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG).

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