Why were SIT and UniSIM chosen as the two universities to launch these new SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree Programmes? Will other universities also have these programmes in place?
SIT and Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), as pioneer universities in the applied degree pathways, are natural choices for the programmes given their more applied and hands-on curriculum that involves bringing industry into school, and school into industry.
Furthermore, we are building on SIT’s success in delivering the Integrated Work-Study Programme (IWSP)1 to expand the range and variety of workstudy degree programmes at the universities. Other universities may also offer similar programmes in the future.
Who is eligible to participate in the SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree Programmes?
In general, prospective students and in-employment upgraders must meet the base degree programme’s minimum entry requirements in order to gain entry to the SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree Programmes. Only students who are enrolled in the selected SIT and Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) programmes are eligible to apply for the SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree Programmes. Admission into the SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree Programmes is aptitude-based, and can include company-specific criteria.
Can we expect more organisations to come on board to partner SIT and UniSIM, and for the SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree Programmes to be expanded to other areas/fields?
We welcome interested companies to explore the possibility of offering the SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree Programmes with our universities.
What is the difference between the SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree Programmes and existing work-study programmes (e.g., SIT’s Integrated Work-Study Programme, IWSP) at the universities?
The SkillsFuture Work-study Degree Programmes and existing work-study programmes (e.g., IWSP) are all fundamentally work-study degree programmes that feature curricula where institutional learning is interlaced with on-the-job training (OJT). Compared to existing programmes however, the new SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree Programmes feature a much higher level of collaboration between industry and the universities, with both parties coming together to co-design and co-deliver curricula that closely integrates theory and practice.
Will students on the SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree Programmes be able to continue working in the partner companies after they graduate?
Students are strongly encouraged to continue developing their careers in the partner companies they have been attached to, and build on their work experience. However, this will require a mutual agreement between student and company on the student’s career plans upon graduation.
Companies on board the SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree Programmes can choose to sponsor selected students. What does this sponsorship entail?
The sponsorship packages vary across partner companies. Sponsorship packages may include the sponsorship of tuition fees and/or stipends. Partner companies may also offer sign-on bonuses should the students wish to continue working with the companies upon graduation.
Will students who are accepted into the SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree Programmes and employed by one of the partner companies have to serve a bond? If so, are there any penalties for termination or if a student wishes to withdraw?
Students accepted into the SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree Programmes and who are then successfully employed by a partner company will enter into a contractual agreement with that company. Terms of the contract will have to be mutually agreed on by the student and the partner company. Bond requirements in return for sponsorship vary between partner companies, and penalties for termination of contract or employment are unique to the respective sponsorship contractual agreements.
How much stipend will students be entitled to, under the SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree Programmes?
The stipend will vary according to the industry and the specific partner company.
How will students be assessed while working? What are the assessment guidelines or rubrics? Will these guidelines be drawn up by both the universities and corporate partners?
Assessment rubrics and guidelines are co-developed by the universities and their partner companies with appropriate performance bars and guidance from on-site mentors.
Current employees at the partnering companies will also be able to get sponsorships for their degree studies. What criteria will they have to fulfil?
In general, in-employment upgraders will have to meet the base degree programme’s minimum entry requirements in order to gain entry to the SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree Programme. While sponsorship packages for in-employment upgraders will vary across partner companies, they generally should remain full-time employees of the company and continue to receive a salary commensurate to their employment status.