SINGAPORE — Over 61,000 fresh graduates here can sign up for three- to six-month programmes offered by Institutes of Higher Learning to earn micro-credentials or certifications and further their skills amid the COVID-led economic downturn.
Such offerings are made available to more than 45,000 Singaporean and permanent resident graduates from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and the polytechnics, including alumni who will complete their full-time national service this year, said the Ministry of Education (MOE) on Tuesday (21 July).
Similarly, they are also offered to 16,000 Singaporean and PR university graduates who completed full-time undergraduate degree courses across the six autonomous universities this year.
These programmes include over 250 Nitec and Higher Nitec module certificates for ITE graduates, covering areas such as hospitality operations, international logistics, engineering, network security and robotics.
Polytechnic graduates can take their pick from more than 100 post-diploma certificates for polytechnic fresh graduates as well as graduates who will complete full-time National Service this year and cover areas such as artificial intelligence, biotechnology, building information modelling, business analytics, financial accounting and user experience design.
Meanwhile, fresh graduates of the autonomous universities can choose from over 100 micro-credentials spread across various domains, such as business analytics, communications, digital marketing strategies, and gerontology.
“These pathways can be achieved by stacking the earlier-announced complimentary Continuing Education and Training (CET) modules, and are part of MOE's and the IHLs continued support for the class of 2020 in further deepening their skills amidst the uncertain economic outlook,” said the MOE.
Since April, the ITE and polytechnics have offered their graduates from the class of 2020 at least two complimentary CET modules or course credits.
“Graduates may choose from about 1,000 CET modules. Of these, more than half can now be stacked into certificates,” said the MOE.
Since May, fresh graduates from the six AUs have been granted access to four complimentary CET modules each.
Of the approximate 1,700 free CET modules available, about one-third can now be stacked to form over 100 micro-credentials, the ministry added.
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