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Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital, SIT and SkillsFuture Singapore Form Strategic Alliance Supporting Workplace Learning and Training in Community Care

Collaboration will upskill and reskill the Community Care workforce and strengthen the leadership core in this sector

 4 dec 2020
Signing of MOU
The MOU was inked by (seated from left) Dr Ow Chee Chung, Chief Executive, Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital, Mr Ong Tze-Ch’in, Chief Executive, SkillsFuture Singapore, and Prof Tan Thiam Soon, President, SIT; and witnessed by (standing from left) Mr Patrick Lee Kwok Kie, Chairman, Board of Directors, Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital and Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Education and Second Minister for Finance. 

At a visit to the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) on 13 November 2020, Minister for Education Mr Lawrence Wong announced the appointment of Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital (KWSH) as the first SkillsFuture Queen Bee partnership for the Community Care sector. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was inked between KWSH, SIT and SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) to support KWSH in skills and talent development, and through this, enhance the standard of care in the sector.

The SkillsFuture Queen Bee partnership with KWSH aims to reach out to 100 enterprises in the Community Care sector to build up their capabilities over the next three years. KWSH will galvanise other partners to pilot projects in healthcare innovation, process improvement, technology adoption and workplace learning, as well as support the expansion of job roles and the deepening of skills in the sector. For a start, KWSH will share expertise in areas such as AI wound solution, Lean transformation and community care skills training.

The National Centre of Excellence for Workplace Learning at SIT (NACE@SIT) – the first workplace learning centre in an Autonomous University – was also officially launched with the unveiling of ’The Learning Enterprise’ commemorative book. NACE@SIT will deliver workplace learning projects and develop a community of learning organisations that will support enterprises, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), in building their workplace learning systems and capabilities.

As part of the MOU, the National Centre of Excellence for Workplace Learning at SIT (NACE@SIT) will also tap on SIT’s network and experience in applied learning and best-in-class practices, to support KWSH in identifying skills gaps in the sector and training for the Community Care sector.

“As a University of Applied Learning, SIT strives to champion workplace learning as an integral component of the work-learn continuum. Through NACE@SIT, the first workplace learning centre in an Autonomous University, we hope to help organisations like KWSH build workplace competencies and facilitate employees’ learning at their work environment. SIT will continue to expand our suite of integrated industry solutions to build a strong skills ecosystem and workplace learning culture in organisations,” said Prof Tan Thiam Soon, President, SIT.


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