With the launch of the National Centre of Excellence for Workplace Learning (NACE), companies in Singapore can now receive support in building up their work-learn capabilities and developing workplace learning systems.

Led by Nanyang Polytechnic and supported by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), the Centre is a collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET), and the German Chamber of Industry & Commerce (IHK Akademie).

Jeanne Liew, principal and chief executive officer of Nanyang Polytechnic, said: "With evolving technologies and business demands, it has become imperative that we address any mismatch between jobs and skills. With this approach, we can work with firms and tailor an approach that is structured and documented, yet has relevant and specific content to the company."

NACE aims to equip companies with the capability to train and develop their workers through training and certifying trainers and offering customised solutions to develop in-house training systems for companies.

It targets to help over 1,000 companies, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs), build best practices in workplace learning and work-learn capabilities by 2023, thereby transforming these companies into learning workplaces.

Grants will be provided to help employers defray the costs of developing such workplace learning capabilities.

Local companies can also participate in NACE's learning journeys to gain insights and look at good practices on workplace implementation from best-in-class companies locally and overseas.

Ng Cher Pong, chief executive of SkillsFuture Singapore, said: "Building workplace learning capabilities is critical especially in this age of disruption and transformation. With the setting up of NACE, we will draw on best practices from Switzerland and Germany, and strengthen the support available to companies, especially SMEs, to help them develop such in-house capabilities."

NACE was launched by Minister for Education, Ong Ye Kung, on Monday (30 July) at a visit to CHARLES & KEITH GROUP - among the first companies to collaborate with NACE to build up its workplace training capability.

Chia Wai Jyy, head of human resource of global talent management and mobility, CHARLES & KEITH GROUP, said: "Our people are our greatest asset and we believe in helping them to maximise their potential. Building a learning culture and fostering global talent mobility helps us to stay competitive in this volatile and uncertain global economy."

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