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3 more polys enhance internship programmes

The Straits Times, 14 Mar 2015 - More polytechnics are ramping up efforts this year to prepare students for the working world as part of a national push to boost skills. Students on the revamped internships will be attached to a workplace mentor, who will guide them and monitor their progress. Most poly students will give up at least four weeks of their holidays each year, out of 16 weeks, to go on these longer stints. Starting this month, SP's final-year Diploma in Perfumery and Cosmetic Science students will go on internships of either three or 10 1/2 months, up from the current six weeks. Of the 40 students taking the course, 25 have chosen the longer stint, while the rest opted for three months. At the same time, forty SP students from the Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business course will start their enhanced internships this month in eight companies including Samwoh Corporation. Ms Low Bee Lee, perfumery and cosmetic science course chair and Mr Dennis Goh, deputy director of SP's school of architecture and the built environment, opined on how the enhanced internship will benefit students. Dr Ho Nyok Yong, chief operating officer of Samwoh also opined on the benefits of enhanced internships and how the industry is working closely with the educational institutions to retain manpower. Article mentioned that enhanced internships for SP’s Diploma in Food Science and Technology course will begin in April next year. A total of 750 students from TP and NP’s biotechnology, veterinary technology, pharmaceutical science and marine and offshore technology courses will also begin their enhanced internship soon.