Internship allowance

Published Date: 07 February 2017 12:00 AM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Dr Tan Wu Meng, Jurong GRC

Question

To ask the Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) with regard to students studying in ITE and polytechnics (a) what proportion of internships include an allowance; and (b) for internships that do not include an allowance, whether a fund can be established to pool corporate donations for the purpose of providing allowances to students with limited means.

Response

1. Internships are an important aspect of applied education in the polytechnics and ITE in providing students with critical hands-on training and experience to better prepare them for work in the industry.

2. Through the efforts of the polytechnics and ITE, currently, 93.5% of polytechnic and ITE students who go on internships receive an allowance, up from 90.9% in 2014. While we have seen much stronger support for internship allowance in certain sectors, such as social work and nursing, there are still some interns from a variety of courses who do not receive an internship allowance, due to company-specific policies.

3. My Ministry strongly encourages companies that do not yet provide their interns an allowance to do so. The polytechnics and ITE will continue to work with the remaining companies who do not provide their interns an allowance. For students who are in need of assistance to cover daily expenses, our institutions administer financial assistance schemes which they can tap on.

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