Monday, 18 May 2015

Enhanced internships for Nanyang Polytechnic students

By Calvin Yang, The Straits Times, 16 May 2015

STUDENTS from Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) will be able to benefit from longer and more structured internships, after the institution signed agreements with 50 industry partners yesterday.

The "structured internship programme", which is already under way, aims to offer clear job scopes and learning outcomes, such as developing technical and soft skills relevant to industry needs.

Interns will also be matched with industry mentors during their stints, which now typically last for at least six months - twice as long as before.

Today we signed Memorandums of Understanding with 50 industry partners. Our students can look forward to enhance internships, and meaningful workplace learning!
Posted by Nanyang Polytechnic on Friday, May 15, 2015

Part of the national SkillsFuture initiative, the programme will allow for better transitions between study and work, and provide students with a foretaste of how various industries work.

NYP's principal and chief executive officer, Mr Chan Lee Mun, said that out of its "extensive network" of industry partners, this group of 50 is the first to step forward to enhance the internship opportunities for future cohorts.

He added that some of these firms are in the process of selecting the interns while others are working with the institution to arrange details of the programme.

The 50 companies are from sectors such as business management, engineering, health sciences and information technology.

They include Microsoft Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa, the Health Promotion Board and Symantec Asia Pacific.

The signing of the memoranda of understanding was witnessed by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat.

At the first of NYP's 14 graduation ceremonies yesterday, Mr Heng said internships allow students to apply what they have learnt in the classroom to industry-relevant projects.

"With these enhancements to internships, students will be able to have more purposeful and effective on-the-job training, together with the time necessary to pick up deep skills."

A total of 5,459 NYP students will graduate this year.

More than 25,800 students at Singapore's five polytechnics are graduating this year, a figure similar to last year's.

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