Three Singapore agencies — SkillsFutureSG (SSG), Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), and Institute for Adult Learning (IAL) — unveiled a combined effort to ramp up the digital transformation of Singapore’s training and adult education sector.
The initiatives serve as a guide for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the training and adult education sector to assess their digital readiness and identify solutions to adopt at each stage of their growth.
The announcement took place at the virtual Adult Learning Symposium 2020 (ALS2020 Live) being held on August 13-14, 2020.
A pre-approved list of Learning Management System (LMS) solutions earlier this year is already helping training providers deliver online education content for their learners.
This new, three agency approach furthers a comprehensive and systematic guide on other digital solutions that training and adult education SMEs can adopt for the digital economy.
“Using solutions like Digital Learning Platforms to achieve this, enabling them not just to continue operations despite COVID-19, but also grow to capture new markets with online education, both in Singapore and overseas,” said Lew Chuen Hong, Chief Executive Officer of IMDA.
A robust training and adult education sector supports overall industry transformation and enables the workforce to stay relevant and competitive.
Ong Tze-Ch’in, Chief Executive of SkillsFutureSG, said this is part of a vision to build a high-quality education and training ecosystem that can support Singapore companies and citizens for their upskilling and reskilling needs.
“I strongly encourage all training providers to consider adopting the digital solutions outlined in the TAE IDP. They form a curated, easy-to-use resource for our training providers to tap on in their digital transformation journeys.”
IAL’s innovation arm iN.LAB, continues to be the anchor facility given its suite of programs dedicated to exploring innovative learning and development solutions via digital possibilities.
“Enhancing the quality of the TAE ecosystem is valuable to the immediate priority of Singapore’s economic recovery, and the longer-term competitiveness of our workforce,” said Lee Wing On, Executive Director of IAL.
IAL plans to launch InnovDEV – a new initiative to pair training providers with experienced digital curriculum developers. A grant of up to $5,000 SGD will be provided to training providers and is expected to benefit 200 training providers over three years.
SkillsFutureSG in collaboration with Nanyang Polytechnic is enabling companies to develop workplace learning capabilities and provide workplace learning solutions.
SSG is now working with IAL’s network of adult educators to promote workplace learning and lend its expertise in helping companies to integrate workplace learning practices to build business resilience for the future.