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Poly grads get chance to refresh skills from Oct

SINGAPORE — Some of them have joined an industry unrelated to their diploma course and are contemplating a job switch to their field of study. Others, such as polytechnic graduates ending their full-time National Service (NS), need a refresher after leaving school.

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SINGAPORE — Some of them have joined an industry unrelated to their diploma course and are contemplating a job switch to their field of study. Others, such as polytechnic graduates ending their full-time National Service (NS), need a refresher after leaving school.

For them or any other diploma holders who need to keep up with developments in certain fields or deepen their skills, the five polytechnics will have a new course to make this possible affordably and faster than before.

The addition of the enhanced post-diploma certificate (PDC) courses to the educational landscape was announced today (May 18), and the first 10 — in the areas of applied sciences, maritime, engineering and information and communications technology — will be launched in October.

More courses will be made available after this pilot phase, in other key growth and priority sectors, but no concrete plans have been made yet, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said.

Speaking at a Temasek Polytechnic graduation ceremony today, Senior Minister of State (Education) Indranee Rajah said: “These enhanced PDCs are targeted at polytechnic graduates who wish to refresh their skills and keep up to date with developments in a field related to their original area of training in the polytechnics.”

The courses will typically be run more intensively than current post-diploma certificate courses, to shorten the duration needed to equip individuals with the necessary skills to around one to two months.

Students will receive the same certificate issued to those who complete current post-diploma certificate courses that make up the part-time Advanced Diploma and Specialised Diploma courses.

The difference is that the enhanced courses are offered on a standalone basis; no commitment to study in either diploma course is needed. Classes will be conducted twice a year, in July and October.

Game & Entertainment Technology graduate Darren Lee, 20, a recipient of the Lee Kuan Yew Award for top polytechnic graduates, said: “Having to spend a shorter time is of course good, especially for guys coming out from NS and into university or work.

“The moment they finish their service, they can sign up straight for the July course and finish it before school starts. It won’t take up time that they might need for something else.”

To encourage sign-ups, course fees for Singaporeans who have graduated for at least two years with a relevant diploma and are undertaking their first enhanced post-diploma certificate course will be subsidised fully.

Individuals need only pay a sign-up fee of S$50. Those who take subsequent enhanced courses or other post-diploma courses will enjoy the existing 85 per cent course subsidies. Graduates can also use their SkillsFuture credit to pay for the course fees.

 

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article published Darren Lee’s name as Darren Lim. We apologise for the error.

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