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Singapore Polytechnic (SP) has a 1334 strong workforce, of which 60% are academic and the rest administrative staff. About 65% of staff are employed on establishment and 33% on local contracts. The overall male and female employee ratio at 6:4 and the turnover rate at 5.6%.

Quality Worklife
SP’s efforts and pursuit for organisational excellence have reaped a record number of HR awards between 2005 and 2007. These were given in recognition of contributions in people and human capital management and development practices in the following areas:

Wellness and Health
- For two consecutive years of 2005 & 2006, the Helping Employees Achieve Life-Time Health (H.E.A.L.T.H.) Gold Award by the Health Promotion Board.
- In May 2006, the Singapore HR Award by Singapore Human Resource Institute (SHRI) for :
    Leading HR Practices (Special Mention) in Employee Health and Wellness
This award emphasises the programmes that seek to inform employees of health-related issues and matters and at the same time, provide a platform and / or programmes that enable employees to have a good physical and mental health.
    Leading HR Practices in Quality Work Life
This award emphasises the programme that seek to help employees achieve effective quality work life, in balancing work and personal life in order to increase employee satisfaction, productivity, performance and retention.

Training & Education
- Again in June 2007, SHRI awarded SP with the Singapore HR Award for:
    Leading HR Practices (Special Mention) in Performance Management
This award emphasises on the measurements and management of performance of employees and business and how metrics are developed and used to improve and award performance.
    Leading HR Practices (Special Mention) in Learning & Human Capital Development
This award emphasises the areas of training and development programmes that allow employees to learn, share and acquire knowledge that would enable them to perform and contribute more effectively to businesses, as well as to increase their employability.
    Leading HR Practices in E-Human Resource Management
This award places emphasis on how the organisation embraces technology to enhance effectiveness and productivity of the HR Dept, and at the same time, meet the needs of the business and employees.
    Leading HR Practices in Corporate Social Responsibility
This award places emphasis on how the organisation commits itself to behave ethically and contribute to economic development, while improving the quality of life of the workplace, their families and the local community and society at large. Corporate social responsibility must be an integrated part of the day-to-day business.
Affirming its commitment to staff training and development, SP was successfully re-certified with the People Developer Standard in 2005.
We have been consistent in keeping our training targets in FY2004 and FY2006. In FY2006, a sum of S$2.75 million was allocated for the implementation of SP’s Total Learning Plan, with utilisation rate of 78% of the planned training places. On average, each staff spends about 132 hours on training.
In FY2007, our target is for 20% of academic staff to go for local industrial or sabbatical attachment annually as this will help maintain our link with the industry and help staff keep in touch with the latest developments and best practices in industry.
Staff performance and career development reviews were conducted twice a year in SP through online submissions and appraisals. The review is compulsory for all full-time staff.
Fair Employment Practices
Singapore Polytechnic, together with 58 Ministries and Statutory Boards, signed the Employers' Pledge of Fair Employment Practices on 12 April 2007. The pledge signing took place during the 2007 Public Sector Union and Management Gathering. By signing the pledge, SP is committed to implement fair employment practices which include recruiting employees based on merit and treating employees fairly and with respect at the workplace.
Open Labour Relations

SP Management and SP Staff Union Branch (AUPE) signed the collective agreement in 2005. Currently 66% of staff are represented by the Union. It provides its members with strong representation by
- Negotiating collective agreements
- Working for improved conditions
- Defending existing conditions
- Ensuring existing conditions are complied with
- Handling individual as well as group grievances
More about AUPE

SP Principal (1995 to 2007), Mr Low Wong Fook, joined AUPE as a General Branch Member in 2005. This is a strong endorsement of the close relations between AUPE and SP.
In March 2007, the executive committee of the AUPE SP Branch invited the HR Management staff to a 2-day retreat to Batam. This retreat was organised for both the union and HR management to interact outside the workplace with aims to strengthen ties and deepen understanding among all participants.
In April 2007, the annual May Day Awards, which recognise individuals and companies that have made significant contributions to the trade union movement, were presented to Mr Low Wong Fook, Principal of SP (1995 – 2007). He received the Medal of Commendation Award.
Workplace Safety & Health
The institution’s Safety Committee was set up in 1992 to oversee general campus safety and academic schools had in place the Best Managed Lab Award scheme to boost the quality and safety management of laboratories in SP.
The health and safety of all staff and students in SP is of utmost importance. As such, we place much emphasis on educating, training and implementing preventive measures such as risk assessment and management programmes on occupational health and safety.
SP has been an approved training provider for the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) since June 1996 and that the School of the Built Environment was awarded the Silver Award for the Annual Safety and Health Performance Awards by the MOM for having and maintaining good safety and health practices and management system.

Bioethics & Safety
- Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) can wreck havoc on our fragile ecosystem if we are not careful. The SP Bioethics and Safety Committee was set up in 2002 to ensure that all laboratory facilities designed for GMO work are equipped and staffed with well-trained employees in compliance with the Biosafety Guidelines for GMO Research issued by the Singapore Genetic Modification Advisory Committee.


Staff Training in FY2006
... a sum of S$2.75 million was allocated for the implementation of SP’s Total Learning Plan, with utilisation rate of 78% of the planned training places.
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New Training Targets
In FY2007, our target is for 20% of academic staff to go for local industrial or sabbatical attachment annually...
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