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New Initiatives to Raise the Quality of Adult Education

Singapore 1 November 2018 – SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) will implement three new initiatives that will uplift the overall quality of the Training and Adult Education (TAE) sector, and boost the development of TAE professionals.  Announced by the Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and Education, Mr Chee Hong Tat, at the 7th Adult Learning Symposium today, the suite of initiatives includes (1) a new Skills Framework for TAE, (2) an Advanced Certificate in Learning and Performance (ACLP) training programme offered by the Institute for Adult Learning (IAL), and (3) the extension of mandatory requirements for Adult Educators (AEs) to non-WSQ training providers offering certifiable programmes that are funded by SSG.

Charting Jobs and Skills for the TAE Sector with the Skills Framework

2. The Skills Framework for TAE is an integral component of the Education Industry Transformation Map. Developed by SSG together with employers, industry associations, education and training providers, and unions, it provides key information on the sector, such as career pathways, occupations/job roles, relevant, existing and emerging competencies required, as well as training programmes for continuous professional learning and upgrading. 

3. The framework has identified a total of 74 existing and emerging technical skills and competencies, 18 generic skills and competencies and about 13 jobs such as Learning Solutionist, Learning Technology Designer and Courseware Developer.

4. For this sector, one key development is the integration of traditional classroom-based learning, technology-enabled learning and workplace learning for better learning accessibility, effectiveness and productivity. Data analytics and internationalisation are other trends that are transforming the industry.  TAE professionals can use the framework to guide them in identifying the emerging skills required and the career pathways available. More information on the Skills Framework for TAE is in Annex A.

New Advanced Certificate in Learning and Performance (ACLP) Training Programme

5. In line with the new Skills Framework, IAL will also roll out a new train-the-trainer programme that will replace the existing Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA). The ACTA provides TAE professionals with pedagogical training and skills required to facilitate classroom training and assess learning competencies.

6. The new ACLP will extend beyond classroom design, delivery and assessment covered in ACTA, to enable TAE professionals to develop emerging skills in demand and provide blended learning solutions that can better cater to the needs of learners and organisations.  They will be trained to design and deliver technology-enabled learning and workplace learning, as well as be equipped with skills to develop enterprise-centric learning solutions that can come in varied forms such as job aids and just-in-time micro-learning objects. The ACLP will be offered from Q2 2019 onwards. More information on the ACLP is in Annex B.

New Requirements to Raise Quality of Trainers

7. Currently, all public WSQ training providers need to ensure that at least 80% of their trainers and/or assessors possess the full ACTA qualification or equivalent.  Similarly, all in-house WSQ training providers are required to have at least 80% of their trainers/or assessors equipped with Workplace Trainer Programme (WTP) qualification or equivalent, and that at least one trainer must have achieved full ACTA qualification or equivalent.

8. To further raise the quality of the TAE sector, SSG will extend the existing qualifications requirements to non-WSQ training providers that offer certifiable programmes and receive funding from SSG. They will be given a two-year transition period to meet the requirements.  As such, by 1 January 2021, the following requirements will take effect:

  • WSQ and non-WSQ training providers offering certifiable programmes and receive funding from SSG will need to ensure that at least 80% of their trainers and/or assessors are equipped with ACTA or ACLP qualification or equivalent.
  • WSQ and non-WSQ in-house training providers offering certifiable programmes and receive funding from SSG will need to ensure that at least 80% of their trainers and/or assessor are equipped with the WTP qualification or equivalent, and at least one trainer is equipped with ACTA or ACLP qualification or equivalent. More details on the requirements is in Annex B.

9. Existing AEs who possess the full ACTA and WTP qualifications will continue to be recognised by SSG as having met the requirements. AEs who do not possess such qualifications, but have prior work and training experiences will also be considered through the IAL’s new Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) pathway.  The new RPL pathway will be available from Q1 2019 onwards.