The SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme (ELP) is a work-study programme designed to give fresh full-time Diploma graduates from one of the 5 polytechnics in Singapore a head-start in careers related to their discipline of study. It provides them with more opportunities, after graduation, to build on the skills and knowledge they acquired in school, and better supports their transition into the workforce.
Who is it for?
The SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme is for Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents who are Fresh full-time Diploma graduates from one of the five polytechnics in Singapore.
How does it work?
You will be matched with a job related to your discipline of study and undergo a 18 months structured training programme, depending on the sector and job requirements. The programme includes facilitated learning, on-the-job training, to allow you to deepen your skill sets at the workplace. Assigned mentors at the company will guide you and provide support in your continual skills development. You will also enjoy a well-structured career progression pathway, in line with the company’s talent development plan. At the end of the programme, you will receive an industry-recognised certification.
The Advanced Diploma in Chemical Engineering (NACHE) is an 18-month SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme where trainees go through classroom facilitation and On-the-Job Training (OJT) to deepen relevant occupational and industry knowledge and skills. Fresh polytechnic graduates from relevant courses will be employed by participating companies in the chemical industry (or related) as full-time employees while studying part-time through classroom facilitation in Singapore Polytechnic.
By enrolling into the Advanced Diploma in Chemical Engineering (NACHE), candidates can look forward to an exciting and fulfilling life long career in the chemical industry by starting off as Process Technician (or equivalent) with the participating companies.
As Process Technicians, candidates will be required to perform shift duties (typically 8 or 12 hours shift cycle) and they play vital roles at the workplace by assuring the continuous operation of the production units and associated site equipment, while maintaining a safe, reliable, and environmentally compliant facility.
This course aims to deepen the existing knowledge and skills of fresh polytechnic graduates in the areas of:
- Chemical process principles
- Chemical process design and operation
- Chemical process control, optimisation and safety
Relevant technical skills are deepened through structured OJT aligned to the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) competency framework where trainees will be assigned to a mentor in the company to be trained in different areas.
Fresh full-time polytechnic graduates from the relevant fields who wish to deepen their technical skills in the chemical industry (or related) via OJT at participating companies as full time employees in parallel with classroom learning and facilitation at Singapore Polytechnic.
Past and Current Participating Companies
- Air Liquide Singapore Pte Ltd
- Chevron Oronite Pte Ltd
- Croda Singapore Pte Ltd
- Glaxo Wellcome Manufacturing Pte Ltd
- Hydrochem (S) Pte Ltd
- Mitsui Elastomers Singapore Pte Ltd
- Mitsui Phenols Singapore Pte Ltd
- Prime Evolue Singapore Pte Ltd
- Shell Chemicals Seraya Pte Ltd
- Shell Eastern Petroleum Pte Ltd
- Stolthaven Singapore Pte Ltd
- Vopak Terminals Singapore Pte Ltd
Minimum Entry Requirements
Applicant must be Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident of Singapore and shall be an employee of a company participating in the ELP.
The applicant shall be a graduate from Full-time Polytechnic Diploma/ ITE Technical Diploma/ ITE Technical Engineer Diploma/ ITE Work-Learn Technical Diploma within 5 years of graduation or within 5 years from his last day of National Service Operationally Ready Date (ORD).
The list of eligible diplomas offered by local polytechnics are as follows:
Diploma in Biologics & Process Technology (NYP)
Diploma in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (NP)
Diploma in Chemical & Green Technology (NYP)
Diploma in Chemical & Pharmaceutical Technology (NYP)
Diploma in Chemical Engineering (NP/SP/TP)
Diploma in Chemical Process Technology (SP)
Diploma in Applied Chemistry with Pharmaceutical Science (SP)
Diploma in Applied Chemistry (SP)
The curriculum is divided into three themes:
Chemical process principles
Chemical process design and operation
Chemical process control, optimisation and safety
Trainees have to complete all 10 modules for 3 Post-Diploma Certificates (PDCs).
Please click here for Module Synopsis
Semester 1 (24 weeks)
PDC 1: Chemical Process Principles
Module 1 – Material and Energy Balance
Module 2 – Fluid Mechanic
Module 3 – Heat and Mass transfer
Semester 2 (24 weeks)
PDC 2: Chemical Process Design and Operation
Module 4 – Separation Processes
Module 5 – Chemical Reaction Engineering
Module 6 - Thermodynamics
Semester 3 (24 weeks)
PDC 3: Chemical Process Control, Optimisation and Safety
Module 6 – Process Control
Module 7 – Process Optimisation
Module 8 – Process Safety
Module 9 – Internship (On-The-Job Training)*
*Module run across 18 months throughout the programme
All participants are required to attend facilitated classroom training on weekdays from 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Award / Certification / Accreditation
Upon completion of three Post-Diploma Certificates and fulfilment of the skills competency through OJT within an 18 months validity period, the participant will be conferred an Advanced Diploma in Chemical Engineering qualification from Singapore Polytechnic.
The Advanced Diploma in Chemical Engineering graduates would be given advantageous consideration for admission to the NUS Bachelor of Technology (Chemical Engineering) programme and be exempted from selected modules, subject to them meeting certain minimum requirements.
The Advanced Diploma in Chemical Engineering graduates who apply for SIT, Newcastle University, Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering, would also be eligible to be exempted from selected modules, subjected to them meeting certain minimum requirements.
The Advanced Diploma in Chemical Engineering graduates are eligible to apply for the Newcastle University Master of Science in Process Safety and Risk Management programme. They would be given advantageous consideration for admission to the programme, subjected to meeting certain minimum requirements.