Education and Career Guidance counsellors

Published Date: 07 November 2017 12:00 AM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Desmond Choo, Tampines GRC

Question

To ask the Minister for Education (Schools) (a) how does the Ministry ensure that the teachers and career guidance counsellors deployed to our schools are kept abreast with updated industry and employment trends; and (b) what collaborations does the Ministry have with SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), Workforce Singapore (WSG) and Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) to provide an integrated career support for our students.

Response

1. To keep abreast of industry and employment trends, Education and Career Guidance Counsellors, or ECG Counsellors, in our schools regularly meet with industry practitioners and government agencies at networking sessions and learning journeys. ECG Counsellors are also guided by the respective Industry Transformation Maps and Skills Frameworks, as well as publications by agencies that help them stay up-to-date with the emerging trends, career pathways and kind of skills in demand by various industries. With this knowledge, they are able to advice and provide up-to-date, suitable career guidance to the students.

2. MOE, SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and Workforce Singapore (WSG) have also developed MySkillsFuture, a one-stop ECG portal for both students and working adults. Through this portal, students gain insights into industries and occupations, as well as the education pathways leading to them. Upon graduation, students can continue to use MySkillsFuture to manage their career and learning plans as they enter the workforce.

3. Furthermore, the Institutes of Higher Learning partner SSG, WSG and e2i to support students as they transit into the workplace. They regularly organise events such as industry talks, pre-employment workshops and career fairs to deepen the students’ understanding of industry and career opportunities, as well as develop their job-seeking skills. These events also help to acquaint students with the services provided by SSG, WSG and e2i. We will continue to work with the agencies to expand the collaboration and increase the frequency of such activities.

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