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ITE students to get career coaching under partnership with e2i

SINGAPORE — Over the next few years, Institute of Technical Education (ITE) students can turn to professional career coaches for career advice and learn resume writing as well as interview skills — right on campus.

ITE students to get career coaching under partnership with e2i

Guest-of-Honour Mr Baey Yam Keng (centre), Chairman, Government Parliament Committee for Culture, Community & Youth and Grassroots Advisor for Tampines GRC at the opening ceremony of the ITE Career Fair 2014

SINGAPORE — Over the next few years, Institute of Technical Education (ITE) students can turn to professional career coaches for career advice and learn resume writing as well as interview skills — right on campus.

This will be made possible under a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed today (Oct 30) between ITE and the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i), aimed at helping students choose a suitable career they are trained in and excel in it.

The MOU also provides for organising preparatory workshops and seminars to update students on industry skills and career progression paths in various industries.

The ITE-e2i partnership is in line with the recommendations made by the Applied Study in Polytechnics and ITE Review (ASPIRE) Committee, which called for more support and career guidance for ITE and polytechnic students. “The collaboration will serve as a great platform for ITE students to seek advice and guidance from trained career advisers on suitable careers,” said Mr Bruce Poh, ITE’s director and chief executive officer.

“With a clearer view of the career options available, students will be able to pursue and look forward to employment that matches their skills and interest,” he added.

e2i CEO Gilbert Tan said: “We can bring our career coaching expertise, and employment and employability solutions, created in collaboration with employers, to more ITE students ... so that our youth can make well-informed career choices, know where to broaden and deepen their skills, and progress in their careers.”

The institute’s career coaches were on hand to offer free advice to students at the two-day ITE Career Fair 2014, which started today. e2i said the career guidance service is not a one-time exercise — there are plans to make it available at ITE campuses subsequently.

The career guidance by e2i’s coaches will assess students according to their qualifications, skill sets and area of interest. The coaches would then advise students on the additional courses they can take to upgrade themselves and bridge the gap between their educational level and the job requirements to improve their employment chances. They will also assist students with writing resumes and interview skills.

The career fair, which was jointly organised by ITE and e2i, has 88 organisations offering 4,000 vacancies from seven different sectors, such as hospitality, applied and health sciences, business and services, electronics and infocomm technology,

and engineering. The fair, which is held at ITE College East, is open to the public tomorrow.

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