Guest-of-Honour Dr Teo Ho Pin, Mayor of North West District and Member of Parliament, Holland-Bukit Panjang GRC presented the ITP participation award for 35 years to a representative of the programme's long-time supporter, Public Utilities Board
More than 100,000 full-time Singapore Polytechnic students have had their first taste of working life since the beginning of the Industrial Training Programme (ITP) in the 1971. Since then, more than 10,000 companies have provided these students with the opportunity to work within industries and business environment.
All SP students spend about 8-10 weeks in their second year working in industries related to their course of study. With increasingly intense global competition, SP began sending students for overseas attachments in 1992 to help them cultivate a global mindset. Since then, some 3,500 students have benefited from overseas ITPs in various different organisations in more than 30 countries. In the last two years, more students have participated in overseas ITP: from 202 students (about 6% of the cohort) in 2004 to 397 students (about 10.3% of the cohort) this year.
Singapore Polytechnic recently thanked 74 companies which have given their 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th and 35th years of continuous support to the Industrial Training Programme. More than half of the 74 companies receiving the ITP participation awards are local small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Public Utilities Board (PUB) has been a long supporter of the ITP programme with 35 years under the belt. Mr Lawrence Tan, Director, Human Resources of PUB said, "It is very heartening to see students coming to our company with an enthusiastic learning approach to the internships. In the future, we are looking into the possibility of longer attachments to allow a longer period of interaction, to gauge if the students are a good fit with our organisation before offering employment."
Companies that have been actively supporting SP's ITP Programme: