Why It Matters; Pay attention to lifelong learning

11 May 2017

The Straits Times, 10 May 2017 - Article highlighted that the term “lifelong learning” was brought up at the graduation ceremonies speeches across all five polytechnics. At SP’s graduation ceremony, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) Mr S. Iswaran mentioned that many jobs require a new set of proficiencies and a willingness by the workforce to acquire them. This is where national movements, such as the SkillsFuture drive, come in, to get Singaporeans to learn deep skills and embrace new job roles. At RP, Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say shared that the mismatch between jobs and skills will widen if Singaporeans do not adapt. At NYP, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education Low Yen Ling highlighted that graduation marks the beginning, not the end, of one’s lifelong learning journey. Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education Faishal Ibrahim said at NP that many post-graduation options are available – some may further their learning in a university, while others may learn by doing in the workplace. At TP, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Chan Chun Sing reminded graduates that they should think about how to do justice to their jobs instead of constantly searching for something that will give them a sense of perfection.

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