Overview of PACE Team
Singapore Polytechnic has been training and developing talent since 1954, even before Singapore became independent, fuelling the economic growth of the nation over the many decades. Continuing Education and Training (CET) was given prominence in 1979 in Singapore Polytechnic when Singapore needed well-trained and skilled manpower to boost its push to value-added manufacturing and services.
The Professional & Adult Continuing Education Academy or PACE, launched at Singapore Polytechnic in 2010, provides the focal point for CET – as Singapore Polytechnic continues to build on our success in providing new and effective pathways for learners of all ages to develop their skills and knowledge so as to be employable in an ever-changing workplace.
We offer formalised certifiable courses leading to more than 40 Part-Time Diplomas and Post-Diplomas such as Work-Study Programmes (WSP) and Professional Conversion Programmes (PCPs) in addition to the many short but targeted skills training courses to meet the aspirations of individuals and corporations. Working closely with SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), Workforce Singapore (WSG), associations and unions for outreach to all potential learners, PACE facilitates funding support through our partner agencies like SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), Maritime Port Authority (MPA) and Employability and Employment Institute (e2i) to ensure our courses and programmes are affordable.
Above and beyond, we take great care to introduce new courses and programmes whilst updating existing ones to be relevant to the industry by aligning to the national Skills Frameworks (SFw) and Industry Transformation Maps (ITM). PACE courses are designed with the adult learner in mind – applying the appropriate andragogy and committing the best training resources.
Besides aligning our programmes to the national SFw and ITM, we also offer a list of short and modular industry-relevant training programmes in eight essential emerging skills areas.
• Data Analytics
• Cyber Security
• Tech-Enabled Services
• Advanced Manufacturing
• Digital Media
• Urban Solutions
Find us in the digital space, or simply walk into our friendly customer service foyer. Come and explore the myriad of opportunities to make it possible for you to remain highly employable with the required skills and knowledge in the 21st Century Singapore. Singapore Polytechnic is the Polytechnic for all Ages.
PACE Management Team
WONG JIAN CHANG
DIRECTOR, PACE Academy
Wong Jian Chang oversees PACE Academy.
His experience in the education sector spans across various functional roles, including Human Resource in SP; national policy development for the Higher Education sector in MOE (Ministry of Education), and lecturing in SP.
He graduated with a B.Eng (1st Class Hons.) in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Singapore, and a Masters of Science in Computational & Mathematical Engineering from Stanford University in the United States.
(a) Outreach team:
Outreach & Development division comprises marketing, sales and business development teams. Our key objectives are to promote lifelong learning and skills upgrading among individuals and organisations. Particularly for organisations, we endeavour to meet the learning needs through customisation and contextualisation. We work closely with the academic Schools in Singapore Polytechnic (SP), and external partners to mount new CET courses for adult learners that are relevant to industry.
Outreach and Development
Jessy Yau oversees the Outreach and Development team. She develops strategic business development, sales and marketing plans for PACE Academy. She leads the team to actively seek opportunities for collaborations with external stakeholders, such as unions, corporates, associations, agencies and training partners to scale up CET. Her team also collaborates with internal stakeholders, such as schools and departments in mounting CET courses in SP, and provides advice on CET guidelines and rules.
Jessy holds a B.Eng in Chemical Engineering (Hons) degree and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (MSc) degree. She has more than 15 years of experience in conducting training and assessment for Energy & Chemicals sector. She was seconded to SkillsFuture Singapore in 2016-2018 and led the development of the Skills Framework for Energy & Chemicals and Skills Framework for Energy & Power. She is an active committee member in the Singapore Chemical Industry Council (SCIC) – Advanced Manufacturing Sub-Committee. Her passion in training and adult education has motived her to focus on CET and Workforce Transformation for the industry.
(b) Course Operations team:
The Course Operations team oversees the areas of MOE CET courses, short courses, WSQ (Workforce Skills Qualifications) courses and online courses. The team also looks into the continuous improvement of course operation processes through technologies and the improvement of learners' experiences.
Cindy leads the Course Operations team which oversees the running of MOE Continuing Education and Training (CET) courses, short courses, Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) courses and online courses. The team also looks into the continuous improvement of course operation processes through technologies and the improvement of learners' experiences.
Cindy holds a B.Sc from the National University of Singapore and a Graduate Diploma in Human Capital Management from Singapore Human Resources Institute. She has years of experience in various administrative roles ranging from strategy management, research and grants management, corporate and finance management, human resources management, course management and project management in educational organisations, as well as being an IT professional before embarking on the administrative roles.
(c) Admin and Work-Study Programme team:
The Administration and Work-Study Programme (Admin & WSP) team is an integral part of PACE Academy and supports the department in two distinctive functional areas; administrative support and WSP course operations.
Under administrative support, the group provides services and supports relating to
Finance and Management Accounting, Information Technology, Statistical and Management reporting, and Business Excellence (BE) and Quality Management.
For WSP operations, the WSP section works closely with the relevant stakeholders to offer approved programmes funded under the SkillsFuture framework that trains, develops, assesses and certifies skills and competencies for the adult learners. The section also ensures the smooth operations and management of various Work-Study Programmes (WSP).
Admin & Work-Study Programmes
Under Administration functions, Patrick Yang provides full support to both internal and external stakeholders in the areas of Finance, Information Technology, Statistical and Management reporting, as well as Business Excellence (BE) and Quality Management. He also works closely with the SP schools, public agencies and industrial partners to ensure the smooth operations and launching of Work-Study Programmes (WSP), including Work-Study Certificates and Post-Diploma courses, and various types of Professional Conversation Programmes (PCP), such as Attach-and-Train Programme (AnT), Place-and-Train Programme, etc.
He has held various leadership roles in public and private organisations, which include Powermatic Data System, Xircom Asia Pacific, Singapore Land Authority, National Environment Agency, etc. Patrick has extensive years of experience in the fields of Corporate Services, Customer Service, Quality Management, Business Excellence and Training. He is also a National Senior Assessor for Business Excellence and has been involved in awards/certifications assessments of both public and private organisations.
Patrick received his B.Eng (Hons) in Manufacturing Engg from University of Birmingham and obtained his post-graduate degrees from National University of Singapore (MSc in Real Estate and MSc in Mech Engg) and Nanyang Technological University (MEng by research and MBA).
(d) Course Planning team:
The Course Planning team's key roles include curriculum design and course packaging as well as certification and assessment frameworks. The team also looks into technologies to augment and enhance the learners' experiences.