Aligning CET students’ needs with Polytechnic provisions

A current and continuing project in Singapore is focused on what kinds of continuing education and training (CET) provisions are required to meet the needs of working age adults. The particular project is driven by a concern that these Singaporeans will need to maintain their occupational competence and employability across lengthening working lives in a country that has the world’s third highest age population.

The project has four stages. The first stage comprises interviews with graduates from CET programs (N =180) and employers who are familiar with those programs (N =40). Their data was gathered and analysed to understand why individuals engage in CET programs, what are the factors that assist or inhibit their participation, what kinds and qualities of CET provisions do they find most helpful and what are the characteristics of effective CET teachers, amongst other matters. This was followed in Phase 2 by a survey derived from the findings of this first phase that was administered across the adult population leading to over a thousand responses.

The next two phases comprise verifying the findings with practitioners and administrators from post secondary education institutions who offer CET programs in Singapore to identify how the requests and qualities advanced in the first two phases might able to be accommodated within those institutions and their program provisions. Subsequently reports will be produced in the final phase.

The research bulletin attached here provides information about, tentative findings from the first two phases.

This bulletin might be of interest to adult educators, teachers in post-secondary education institutions, administrators and policymakers associated with continuing education and training, or more widely lifelong education.