Myanmar’s Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security Partners Singapore

Singapore, 7 March 2013 - Temasek Foundation (TF), Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and ITE Education Services (ITEES) Singapore are partnering Myanmar’s Myanmar’s National Skill Standard Authority (NSSA) under the auspices of their Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security to embark on two capability development programmes that aim to support Myanmar’s vocational training system. Temasek Foundation will be committing a grant of about S$1.7 million towards the two programmes. The Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, Republic of the Union of Myanmar will fund the remaining cost of S$858,800. His Excellency U Myint Thein, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, Myanmar, was the Guest of Honour at an opening launch held in Yangon today, where Ministry of Labour signed two separate Memorandums of Understanding with SP and ITEES to formalise their partnerships. Mr Benedict Cheong, Chief Executive Officer of Temasek Foundation, together with Mr Lee Leck Seng, General Manager, Singapore Polytechnic International, and Dr Benjamin Tan, CEO/ITEES were present to witness the launch. In 2012, TF funded its first TVET training programme in Myanmar through SP, to assist Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security to address the overall skills development framework in the country. Leading on from that initial programme, SP will now provide a second programme in workforce development training for 120 senior TVET officials to develop TVET policies and systems that can better regulate, monitor, and assess training, and provide national certification standards for TVET training for all nationally approved training centres across various ministries. At various points of the 3-year programme, some participants will also be selected specialist master trainers for further training in curriculum design and share their learning with another 250 TVET officials from various ministries and professional bodies in Myanmar. The SP programme is expected to be completed by 2016. The pedagogy training programme led by ITEES aims to develop the skills of TVET instructors in the area of pedagogy skills for competency-based curriculum. Some 80 TVET instructors will commence their two-week training programme in Yangon in August 2013. Out of these 80 instructors, some 32 will be selected as Master Instructors and will be visiting Singapore in December 2013 for a 1-week immersion programme at ITE. This competency-based instructors training system is expected to benefit a total of 160 instructors over two runs of training. The 160 TVET master trainers will in turn train another 256 trainers through post-training sharing workshops after the completion of their training in order to multiply the benefits of the programme. The ITEES programme is expected to be completed by 2015. Mr Benedict Cheong, Chief Executive Officer, Temasek Foundation, said: “We hope that our support of these two new programmes will play a part to build a network of leaders and educators who will help to bring about positive changes to the vocational education and training system in Myanmar.” “Singapore Polytechnic is happy to share its expertise in the area of designing and developing curriculum based on the needs of the workforce with the Myanmar government. We aspire to make a positive and lasting contribution to the enhancement of Myanmar’s workforce development,” said SP Deputy Principal, Mr Lim Peng Hun. Dr Benjamin Tan, CEO/ITEES, said: “ITEES is pleased to partner with TF and SP to share our TVET experience with Ministry of Labour, Myanmar. We are impressed by the determination of our counterparts to enhance the pedagogic competencies of its TVET instructors. We look forward to contributing in a small but meaningful way towards the transformation of Myanmar’s TVET system.”