Experts Believe More University Spots Will Benefit the Economic Job Future of Working Adults in Singapore
If more places are created at universities for working adults in Singapore, there could be a shift in mindset towards adult education.
What Singaporeans need to realise is that going back to university is an opportunity. It is a chance for them to brush up on their skills. This will, in turn, open the door for more employment opportunities in the future. It will also put them at the forefront of their company in terms of filling existing roles.
Going Back to the Books
It can be a tough transition going back to university after several years in the workforce. But working adults in Singapore who are willing to step out of their comfort zone are the ones who are putting themselves in the best position for the future job market.
Singapore’s Ministry of Education (MOE) recognises this too. Hence, the MOE has now announced that subsidised places at universities for working adults is now a serious possibility.
MOE will consider the option of having more government-funded programmes at the degree level for working adults. MOE will present this at the next budget in Parliament. Singapore’s Human Resources Institute believes that MOE is taking the right step in helping to encourage lifelong learning among the working adults in the country.
More Subsidies To Encourage Employees to Upscale Themselves
By having more places at universities with subsidies, other doors will soon open up where trade certification is concerned. With more highly skilled graduates on the horizon, the National University of Singapore (NUS) believes that there will be greater demand for skilled labour too.
Singapore will be on the radar of international companies on the lookout for skilful employees. This is going to be highly beneficial for the local labour market in the future.
No Shortage of PME Roles in Singapore
There are no shortage of professional, managerial, and executive (PME) roles in Singapore. It is just a matter of having the right candidate with the right skill set to fill the position. Graduates must be prepared for future economic demands.
However, if working adults are to head back to universities, suitable arrangements need to be made. This is to accommodate for the commitments and existing schedules they have. After all, they’ll need to juggle multiple commitments.
This is why courses have to cater to the needs of working adults in order to be a viable option. They cannot be the same as for a full-time student. Adult education needs to be flexible and Singapore institutions need to structure their courses with the working adult in mind.
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