Brighter future with better-informed career choices

ITE students will now have more platforms and ready access to make well-informed career decisions with new ITE-e2i collaboration.

Helping students make better education and career decisions will be a key focus for Institute of Technical Education (ITE) over the next few years. This is in line with the ASPIRE Committee’s recommendations to provide more support and career guidance for students.

A new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between ITE and e2i (Employment and Employability Institute). Working together with e2i, ITE aims to steer students towards making better decisions so that they can get into jobs they are trained in, and excel in the careers they choose to pursue. This will be done via a series of career-related events, career preparation seminars/workshops and career advisory services.

More than 10,000 ITE students will be attending the ITE Career Fair 2014, jointly organised by ITE and e2i. 88 organisations are offering 4,000 vacancies from 7 sectors – the highest number of employers in ITE Career Fair’s 10-year history. “A World of Opportunities, A Career for Me” brings together hiring employers and job information to help students in their job search. The two-day Career Fair is organised for all ITE students and ITE alumnus, and open to the public on the second day.

The MOU also agreed on organising preparatory workshops and seminars to update students on industry skills and career progression paths in various industries. Before the career fair, more than 500 ITE students attended various career talks organised by e2i on Place-and-Train (PnT) programmes for Marine and Maritime, Aviation, Information Technology, Logistics, Petrochemical and Manufacturing industries. PnT programmes enable companies to hire first, and then equip the new workers with required skills. This approach provides students with opportunities to take on higher value job after deepening skills which are relevant to future employers.

For the first time, students can also tap on the expertise of e2i’s career coaches at the Career Fair and subsequently at ITE campuses. This would allow students to have ready access to personalised coaching advice and resources for job search, skills development, and career decisions.

Mr Bruce Poh, Director & CEO, ITE, said, “The collaboration will serve as a great platform for ITE students to seek advice and guidance from trained career advisors on suitable careers. With a clearer view on the career options available, students will be able to pursue and look forward to employment that matches their skills and interests.”

Mr Gilbert Tan, CEO, e2i, added, “The MOU signifies our close partnership and strong commitment to bring e2i’s career coaching expertise and employers connections to ITE students. By partnering educational institutions, e2i can offer career services to help students understand industries and training pathways, link them with employers, and advise them on career choices and progressions.”

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between ITE and e2i will be signed during the Opening Ceremony of the ITE Career Fair 2014 on Thu 30 October 2014 at 9:30 am at ITE College East. Mr Baey Yam Keng, Chairman, Government Parliamentary Committee for Culture, Community & Youth and Grassroots Advisor for Tampines GRC, will be the Guest-of-Honour at the event.