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SkillsFuture Festival 2018 : Celebrating Skills Mastery

The inaugural SkillsFuture Festival 2018, organised by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), is a month-long festival aimed at inspiring Singaporeans to develop a passion for learning and pursue skills mastery. From 30 June to 4 August 2018, there are more than 350 learning activities island-wide catering to Singaporeans of all ages.

Activities will be held within the community, at Institutes of Higher Learning and business hubs to raise awareness on the importance of lifelong learning, inspire skills deepening, as well as encourage greater participation of individuals and companies in SkillsFuture initiatives. Singaporeans can look forward to panel discussions, workshops, talks, exhibitions, and innovative learning and lifestyle events during this period.

For the first time, Singaporeans will also have convenient access to the Festival’s activities line-up and easily share the events that they are interested in with their friends through the newly enhanced MySkillsFuture app.   

With more than 200 community, education and industry partners participating in SkillsFuture Festival 2018, the festival aims to reach out to more than 70,000 visitors. More information on SkillsFuture Festival 2018 is available on the MySkillsFuture app or on MySkillsFuture.sg/Festival.  

Key highlights of SkillsFuture Festival 2018 include:

a)    Celebrating skills mastery

  • SkillsFuture Festival@Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI): The launch event for the SkillsFuture Festival will offer a showcase of sampler courses and activities by training providers. Singaporeans can also explore SkillsFuture initiatives through playing a SkillsFuture Advice game, participating in SkillsFuture for Digital Workplace sampler courses and taking part in hand-on activities and experiential learning for SkillsFuture Series.
  • SkillsFuture Festival online: Learn at your own pace with online learning resources like Udemy courses and e-books from Bookboon and McGraw-Hill Education or join a learning circle on the SkillsFuture Festival microsite (MySkillsFuture.sg/Festival). During the month of the festival, learners can enjoy discounts for 350 Udemy courses and discounts on 80 professional book titles at McGraw-Hill Education as well as free subscription to the entire e-library at bookboon.com
  • WorldSkills Singapore 2018: The biennial national-level skills competition will see Singaporean youths, who excel in technical skills, test themselves against demanding industry standards, and compete against the best in their respective skill areas. Open to the public, the revamped WSS 2018 will also allow visitors to explore a variety of skills areas, learn more about industries through an interactive exhibition and discover various education and career pathways available to them through career talks and workshops.
  • SkillsFuture Fellowships and SkillsFuture Employer Awards: The annual awards ceremony celebrates Singaporeans who have displayed skills mastery in their respective fields as well as personal commitment to mentorship and the skills development of others. It also recognises exemplary employers which have made significant investments in the skills development of their employees and have developed skills-based career pathways for their progression.

b)    Skills mastery with enterprise giants

  • The Straits Times-SkillsFuture Singapore SkillsFuture Forum: Participants can hear from industry titans from Google, LinkedIN, Samsung and Deloitte at the two-part panel discussion series on “The Future of Work” and “The Future of Skills”.
  • SkillsFuture Festival Executive Series: Participants can find out about the latest technology trends and sharpen their work skills through a series of workplace lunchtime talks and visits to enterprises organised by Rakuten, OCBC and Bank of Singapore. In support of the Festival, enterprises such as SingPost, SATS, Fuji Xerox are also organising learning events for their staff during this period.
  • SkillsFuture Festival with Young NTUC: The flagship LIT Xchange will see an exciting line-up of speakers sharing on the future of work, giving youth industry perspectives across regions. Public can also get to network with over 50 industry professionals from over 20 industries and functions who will be sharing their career trajectory and give advice on career and learning. Following the LIT Xchange, a series of 6 other career programmes ranging from learning journeys to mentorship, discovery and career advancement workshops will also be available for public to participate in.

c)    SkillsFuture Festival with Institutes of Higher Learning

  • SkillsFuture Festival@SMU: The public can learn about emerging skills through workshops, talks and other activities that showcase SkillsFuture Series programmes. The event is organised by the autonomous universities, the polytechnics and the ITE.
  • SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Carnival @ LLI: The second edition of the carnival will showcase SkillsFuture Earn and Learn programme offerings by industry partners from more than 20 sectors. Polytechnic and ITE students can learn more about work-learn programmes which can support them in deepening their skills and knowledge in the field, and ease their transition into the workforce. 

d)    SkillsFuture Festival in the community

  • Night with the Stars @ LLI: Families can marvel at the lunar eclipse and spend quality family time together as they pick up some digital skills at the overnight science camp jointly organised by Lifelong Learning Institute and the Science Centre.
  • SkillsFuture Festival in Your Community: Residents can participate in community-led SkillsFuture Festival events and learning activities by People’s Association and the five Community Development Councils, at convenient locations near them.
  • Learning Neighbourhood @ Bedok: Residents in Bedok can pick up a new skill or two at the two learning events, SkillsFuture Festival @ Bedok and Energy Day @ Heartbeat, happening at the same weekend. Highlights of the SkillsFuture Festival @ Bedok include SkillsFuture for Digital Workplace programme by various training providers and digital and crafting activities by community interest groups. Families can learn to appreciate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths through a series of fun energy-themed activities and demonstrations at the Energy Day @ Heartbeat. 
  • Tweenkerama Workshops by National Library Board: My Photo Journey: Participants can explore skills needed to take good photos to communicate their thoughts and ideas. They will learn about different types of shots, photography styles and how to edit photos.
  • Splash Awards 2018 - AI Innovation Experience: The public are invited to witness game-changing AI Innovations and check out the Splash Awards Finals, AI Digital Showcase and Tech 101 Educational Seminars.
  • National Silver Academy Roadshow @The Star Vista: Seniors aged 50 & above can explore a range of learning and volunteering opportunities at the roadshow as it is never too late to learn or give back to society.