Continuing Education & Training
The Continuing Education and Training (CET) Masterplan is a comprehensive plan to prepare the Singapore workforce for the future and maintain a competitive advantage for Singapore.
- For employers – The plan aims to enhance quality and productivity by helping their workers acquire industry-relevant skills and stay ahead of industry developments
- For all Singaporeans – The plan will form the fundamentals of a lifelong learning system to help workers find their niches, seize opportunities in new growth areas and remain relevant and employable. CET will enable our workers, including rank-and-file workers and professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) to remain employable with new and better skills.
Investing in the CET Masterplan
The CET Masterplan will prepare the Singapore workforce and industry for two important shifts:
- The workforce of the future– nearly 50% of our resident workforce will have at least a diploma qualification by 2020, compared to 36% in 2007.
- Emerging and growth industries– to equip Singaporeans with the skills for job opportunities in new growth industries, whether they are preparing for new jobs, switching careers or acquiring new skills.
As part of the CET Masterplan, the Government will ramp up the capacity of the CET training infrastructure, establish stronger linkage between CET and pre-employment education institutions, and set up a specialised Institute of Adult Learning to develop the capability of adult educators. The aim is to quadruple the annual training capacity by 2010, from 22,000 to 80,000 workers. The Government will partner leading education and training providers, from both the public and private sectors, to set up quality CET centres for growth industries as well as expand existing CET centres to offer high quality and industry-relevant training courses.
Benefitting from the CET Masterplan
In addition to building stronger manpower capabilities, employers and workers can also benefit from higher CET capacity, enhanced funding support for training, and a comprehensive suite of structured skills training pathways across different industries.
- The CET system will involve the best private and public providers, including NTUC, the polytechnics, ITEs and quality overseas providers.
- New CET Centres in key growth areas such as aerospace, precision engineering, process manufacturing (chemicals/petrochemicals, engineering services, biologics, pharmaceuticals, environmental technology), portable manufacturing skills, service professionals, logistics and supply chain management, allied healthcare, community and social services, workplace safety and health, and adult training.
- Existing CET Centres will be expanded to meet demand in new growth sectors such as finance, information and communications technology, tourism and hospitality and digital media.
- Training capacity will quadruple from 22,000 workers today to 80,000 workers by 2010. This is almost equivalent to ITE’s current training capacity.
- New Institute for Adult Learning to develop trainer capability and conduct applied research into adult training, for enhanced training quality and effectiveness.
- Better integration of CET and education systems, and tripartite outreach to all workers.
National CET Institute
Under the Continuing Education & Training (CET) Masterplan, the Government is committed to establish a high quality and sustainable CET infrastructure to support our workforce’s lifelong learning and skills upgrading. The Singapore Workforce Development Agency partners the respective industries’ education and training providers to offer relevant and quality programmes that meet sectoral needs.
The National CET Institute (NCI) is the pinnacle status conferred by WDA to qualified Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) CET Centres that demonstrate high quality delivery and commitment to support workforce development programmes in the WSQ sector(s) which it serves.
You can read the factsheet on NCI for more information.
National CET Campuses
MOM and WDA will develop two CET campuses to serve as key focal points for skills upgrading. This major initiative underscores Singapore's continuing commitment to CET and its increasing importance in augmenting economic competitiveness as well as enhancing workers' employability.
The CET campuses will serve as:
- A Gateway for all workers, from rank-and-file to PMETs to discover career opportunities, and access relevant training that will help them stay employable and progress in their careers.
- A Hub of high quality CET providers clustered under one roof, leveraging one another to link up with the wider network of providers around the island.
- An Employment Exchange for employers to meet their manpower needs and for workers to seek out good job opportunities
- A One-Stop Centre integrating career coaching, training, assessment and career services.
To be ready by 2013, the two National CET Campuses will be located at Paya Lebar Central in the East and Jurong Lake District in the West. The campuses are expected to provide about a combined total of 150,000 training places annually.
Useful information on the National CET Campuses