ChannelNewsAsia.com, 29 Apr 2015
The SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme for Food Manufacturing was launched yesterday to provide a head start for fresh polytechnic graduates in areas with fast-growing industry needs. This is the first of eight sectoral rollouts of the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA). Under the programme, SP and WDA, have placed 20 graduates from the polytechnics with 12 food manufacturers that comprise multinational corporations and local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) such as The Soup Spoon, Nestlé, Faesol and Thong Siek Food Industry. The programme will consist of three main components: classroom training at SP, a structured on-the-job training using in-house training plans developed by SP, NYP and TP, and a company-specific project to be supervised by company mentors and SP. The programme will culminate in the trainees earning an Advanced Diploma in Applied Food Science awarded by SP. Participants can expect a minimum starting salary of S$1,900, and may receive a 10 per cent wage increment based on their performance and progress upon completion of the 18-month programme. WDA has also set aside $888,000 to support up to 13 scholarships under the STEP Scholarship programme - a collaboration with Newcastle University on a two-year, research-based Master's degree programme for Professionals, Manager and Executives in the Food Manufacturing sector to develop capabilities beyond their current functions. A TP graduate and programme participant was featured in the photo of the article while her NYP counterpart opined on the programme. Similar story was reported in Straits Times Online, Lianhe Zaobao, Zaobao.com, 938Live and Capital 95.8.