ERIC Number: ED357170
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Overview of Vocational Training Programmes: Singapore Study.
Law, Song Seng
The history of technical and vocational education in Singapore goes back only to the mid-1960s, when it received attention in response to the policies of industrialization adopted when Singapore became an independent republic. Establishment of the Industrial Training Board (ITB) in 1973 was the first significant step toward formalizing vocational training outside the school system. The ITB merged with the Adult Education Board in 1979 to form the Vocational and Industrial Training Board, which was recently restructured and replaced by the Institute of Technical Education (ITE). The main training programs of the ITE are full-time, preemployment institutional training for school leavers, part-time continuing education and training for workers, and apprenticeship and industry-based training. A system of establishing skills standards and curriculum development has been established to ensure that courses are relevant and meet industry requirements. To evaluate program performance, ITE conducts surveys of employers, course evaluation, and employment experiences on a regular basis. A Feature Analysis Model is used to assess effectiveness of individual courses. New plans and strategies to upgrade the vocational and technical training system have been recommended and there will be renewed emphasis on apprenticeship and intensified efforts to promote continuing education and training. (Appendixes include organizational charts, course lists, data charts, and 10 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute of Technical Education (Singapore).
Identifiers - Location: Singapore