ITE has strong links with industry players, including small and medium enterprises (SMEs). These partnerships have helped ensure that course curricula stay relevant, and students have access to good opportunities for industry attachments and exposure.

Currently, SMEs make up more than 60% (or almost 600) of ITE’s host companies for internships and traineeships, and host almost 40% of ITE students for their industrial attachments.

Following the government’s acceptance of the Applied Study in Polytechnics and ITE Review (ASPIRE) recommendations, MOE and WDA have been working together on new place-and-train programmes for our polytechnic and ITE graduates that integrate study and work, to be launched by 2016 as earlier announced. This is being done in partnership with many economic and regulatory agencies, including SPRING Singapore.

Where feasible, we will leverage on existing schemes and funding support for employers to implement these place-and-train programmes, including SPRING Singapore’s SME Talent Programme.