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About the Event

Relearn . Recharge . Rebound

Arm yourself with future skills and knowledge. Adopt a new mindset, integrate fresh ideas and inspiration to prepare for the new normal and “brave new world”, as the world recovers from the current crisis. Join us in our exciting line-up of speakers who will be sharing their expert views in the respective themes.

Learn different ways of acquiring new skills and knowledge to remain competitive, relevant and productive at the workplace in a rapidly changing world.

Rediscover the joy of learning and the curiosity in learners, explore fresh perspectives, and even learn something new from different fields out of your comfort zone.

With the new normal post-pandemic, new jobs are on the rise, replacing the ones we currently know. Connect with our speakers to learn how we can rebound and emerge stronger with innovation, creativity, confidence and resilience.

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Relearn

Learn different ways of acquiring new skills and knowledge to remain competitive, relevant and productive at the workplace in a rapidly changing world.

Recharge

Rediscover the joy of learning and the curiosity in learners, explore fresh perspectives, and even learn something new from different fields out of your comfort zone.

Rebound

With the new normal post-pandemic, new jobs are on the rise, replacing the ones we currently know. Connect with our speakers to learn how we can rebound and emerge stronger with innovation, creativity, confidence and resilience.

Event Programme

Friday, 18th September 2020

9:00AM ‐ 9:10AM

Opening Address by Guest of Honour, Mr Edward Chia
Co-Founder & Managing Director, Timbre Group

Member of Parliament
Holland ‐ Bukit Timah GRC

Video
9:10AM ‐ 9:30AM

Keynote 1

Six or so months into the global crisis, it’s painfully clear that COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges to the way we live, work and learn. In the months ahead, the education sector will likely not only have to respond to the health challenges of enduring and recurring waves of infection, but also further adapt how and what is being taught and address widening attainment gaps, all while supporting educators, learners and families through these tricky times.

But against the backdrop of global crisis there are also unique opportunities to reshape our concept of ‘normal’ and ‘good enough’. The pandemic, and particularly lockdown, has created an unprecedented disruption of public, business and government behaviour. Such periods when habits are disrupted provide unique opportunities to ‘reset’ key behaviours.

Rory’s talk will touch on how we can use behavioural science to inform the three major themes of the conference:

  • Relearn: What have we learnt during COVID-19 so far, and what do we need to relearn at a system and individual level?
  • Recharge: How can we support educators, young people and families’ wellbeing and adaptability?
  • Rebound: What should our education system look like in the post-COVID world, and how do we move towards this by building back better?

Dr Rory Gallagher
Managing Director, Australia & Asia-Pacific
Behavioural Insights Team

VideoSlides
9:30AM ‐ 9:50AM

Keynote 2

Technology is playing an increasing role in everything we do, shaping growth, disrupting industry landscapes and providing the catalyst for transformation. In the recent months, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all experienced how digital technology allowed for business continuity; how teaching and learning continued on; and how businesses innovated to keep their customers engaged virtually. However, we also need to recognize that it was not smooth sailing for everyone. While technology can and will continue to be the enabler, us as individuals, need to equip ourselves with new skills in order to rebound, and to achieve more in the various roles we each play in our organizations and in society at large. In this keynote session, Gary will share his thoughts about how learning is currently being redefined in our new normal environment, the imperative need for skills to be reinvented and how technology can play an integral role in jobs and skills matching as we look towards a vision of developing a "learn-ready" Singapore.

Mr Gary Lim
Head of Education, Google Cloud in Southeast Asia

VideoSlides
9:50AM ‐ 10:10AM

Keynote 3

Even before the advent of Covid-19, large and successful organizations were trumpeting the merits of agility, adaptability and “having a growth mindset”. While these concepts are now somewhat cliché, their emergence as important ideas for business leaders and HR professionals signals a shift in how companies think about talent and success. Increasingly organizations want people with the skills to relearn, recharge and rebound. In the past longer term workforce transitions took place gradually– with young and highly educated talent bringing new skills into the workplace. But these days organizations do not have the time for that. More jobs change more quickly, and a much larger segment of the workforce will need to refresh their technical skills on a more regular basis. The skills to build skills across an entire career are increasingly valuable.

Add to this context the remarkable capacity that digital technology and innovation has to dissolve the boundaries in our lives – it allows us to connect with anyone (or anything thing!), anywhere and at any time. The Covid-19 pandemic seems to have underlined this effect – with many people bringing their work and home lives closer together than ever before. The data shows the people find this new way of working difficult – they work longer and spend more time in structured digital meetings with more participants. They need to work harder to make new connection and to build relationships. They find themselves making more of their decisions alone with less guidance – especially about how, where and when they will work.

Combined these challenges highlight the importance of the “softer” side of skills for both immediate job performance, but also for sustainable success. And yet – data shows that we still undervalue the soft skills across all aspects of our economy. Employers look for them less often than they should, employees investment in them less than they should, and our systems for teaching and assessing them still need work.

In this talk we’ll reflect on these challenges, and will explore the recent work that Mercer and SkillsFuture Singapore did to develop a better understanding of what critical core skills we need to invest in.

Mr Lewis Garrad
Partner and Solution Leader for Singapore, Mercer

VideoSlides
10:10AM ‐ 10:20AM

Break

10:20AM ‐ 11:05AM

Parallel Sessions: Relearn

Mastery of skills, especially basic core competencies is what makes somebody adaptable in the face of changes especially in this era of technology disruption. Ex-Minster of Education and current Minster of Transport, Mr Ong Ye Kung during President Halimah’s visit to Germany highlighted that Singapore aims to put 12% of students through work-study pathway by 2030.

ITE has launched 24 Work Study Diploma over the last 3 years and it attracted more than 260 employers coming forward to provide training places for the trainees. There are also 4 Singapore universities offering work-study programmes as well. Work-study pathway or ‘dual education’ has hence been gaining traction for students to have opportunities with on-the-job training at the workplace while at the same time built up their theoretical knowledge & concepts at the institution.

How ITE have attracted employers to participate in these programmes and the essential elements for successful implementation will be discussed in the presentation. In light of the full and part time diploma programme, how could the Work-Study pathway for Vocational Technical Education be seen as a pathway to equip our future generation with the necessary skills and knowledge to meet the needs of our future economy will be presented.

Dr. Ting Kok Guan
Divisional Director, Industry-based Training
Institute of Technical Education (ITE)

As we learn to live with COVID-19, companies are embarking on digital transformation and job re-design to reposition themselves strategically. Many of us are now faced with changes at the workplace where we will need to unlearn and relearn to stay relevant. Learning is an integral part of work and the effectiveness of learning at the workplace is influenced by the company environment. In this session, we will discuss how companies can use workplace learning and skills gap analysis to retain and build competencies, with local exemplars. Employees can also identify our role in this new norm, take ownership of our lifelong learning and support our employer in its transformation journey.

Dr Phua Chee Teck
Director, National Centre of Excellence for Workplace Learning (NACE)
Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP)

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape organisations on every level, companies have to adapt to the “new normal” of a VUCA world. What can companies do to help their workforce be better prepared for the unknowns that lie ahead?

Join this session to learn:

  • How unlearning and relearning helps organisations thrive despite change and uncertainty.
  • How skill sprints drive learner engagement which in turn, maximises learning retention.
  • Case Study: How Ngee Ann Polytechnic has developed a unique formula to help organisations upskill staff, solve current business challenges and increase inter-department collaboration simultaneously in a very short period of time.

Ms Ruth Song
Senior Manager, Innovation and Marketing, The Sandbox
Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP)

VideoSlides
11:05AM ‐ 11:50AM

Parallel Sessions: Recharge

This webinar provides an overview of the Adult Learner 360 assessment toolkit and how it has been adapted for use at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. The results of the Adult Learner 360 assessment at NP are discussed through a lens of identified strengths and challenges based upon feedback data collected from instructors, staff, administrators, and adult learners.

Mr Barry Nickerson
Director of Consulting Projects
The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)

and

Mr Wilson Finch
Associate Vice President, Consulting
The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)

In a VUCA environment, some employers might see investing in their employees’ development as a lost cause. This session will help to debunk this myth; and at the same time, you will also learn how you can encourage your employees to take charge of their own career development and skills upgrading through picking up some practical skills to conduct career conversations with your employees.

Dr Ricky Tang
Senior Lecturer and Programme Headship for Specialist Diploma in Career Counselling,
Republic Polytechnic (RP)

The COVID-19 pandemic causes widespread industry disruptions globally, and its economic impact is felt unevenly across different sectors. While some industries thrive, the survival of others are seriously threatened. The Training and Adult Education (TAE) sector contributing to the Continuing Education and Training (CET) is not spared. In these extraordinary times, whether you are an Adult Educator, Curriculum Lead, or Learning Solutionist, you have to learn new ways of working, and new ways to designing and delivering CET. Training organisations are changing gears; transforming and leveraging technologies and jobs-skills insights for stronger nexus between training and industry. What will be the new normal for CET?”

Ms. Loh Gek Khim
Director, Skills Development Division
SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)

VideoSlides
11:50AM – 12:35PM

Parallel Sessions: Rebound

As we emerge from COVID19 lockdown, the world may still look the same but the ways of our lives have changed forever. The way the world conduct trade had changed, the demand and supply of goods had change and the way we conduct our lives had changed. Companies will not only concern with how to conduct/maintain their business, they will also be concern with the way they conduct their work process.

Dr. Simon Tan
Centre Director
Centre for i4.0 Workforce Transformation (Ci4.0WT)

The 'Low Touch Economy' is changing the way we interact and work so how should organisations plan for capability development to help workers adapt? In this session, you'll hear perspectives on current trends and learn how technology will combine with a whole new way of thinking to enable organisations to thrive in a post-COVID world.

Mr. Loh Chi Ming
Head, Strategic Partnerships (Gnowbe)

and

Mr. Tan Hsien Wei
Assistant Director, Temasek SkillsFuture Academy (TSA)
Temasek Polytechnic (TP)

The fundamental goal of education remains that of transfer of learned skills and knowledge. This can take the form of application of learning as well as pursuit of further learning, both are evermore important now that Covid-19 has upended employment and education. Arising from a study conducted on 444 adult learners, this session will share the effects of support from supervisors, peers, organisation as well as friends and family between individual attributes and situational factors such as age, education, employment, ethnicity, etc on learners’ motivation and intent to apply and pursue further learning. Attendees of the session will walk away knowing how individual attributes and situational factors may be leveraged upon to strengthen support so that individuals, corporates, institutes of higher learning and agencies alike may rebound stronger to boost application and pursuit of further learning in the new normal.

Dr Elaine Chapman
Researcher, Graduate School of Education
University of Western Australia (UWA)

and

Ms. Christy Chung
Director, Continuing Education & Training (CET) Academy
Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP)

VideoSlides
12:35PM ‐ 1:15PM

Fireside Chat

Fireside Chat with leading industry representatives on relearning to rebound from the pandemic.

Topic: The new normal: How the pandemic has accelerated changes in the way we learn and the way business functions

Mr. David Yeo
CEO and Founder
Kydon Group and ZilLearn Inc

Ms. Javiny Lim
Co-founder and Managing Director
Quotient Travel

Mr. Nicholas Chee
Managing Director
Sinema Media Pte Ltd

Ms. Sher-Li Torrey
Founder, Mums@Work (Singapore) and Co-Founder, Career Navigators SG

and

Dr. Michael Fung
Deputy Chief Executive (Industry), Chief Human Resource Officer & Chief Data Officer
SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)

Ms. Tan Ching Ching
Director
The Sandbox, Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Video
1:15PM

End of Symposium

Guest of Honour

Mr Edward Chia

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Timbre Group
Member of Parliament
Holland ‐ Bukit Timah GRC

Visionary Speakers

Dr. Rory Gallagher

Managing Director, Australia & Asia-Pacific Behavioural Insights Team

Mr Gary Lim

Head of Education, Google Cloud, Southeast Asia

Mr Lewis Garrad

Partner and Solution Leader for Singapore, Mercer

Dr Ting Kok Guan

Divisional Director, Industry-based Training

Institute of Technical Education (ITE)

Dr. Phua Chee Teck

Director, National Centre of Excellence for Workplace Learning (NACE)

Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP)

Ms. Ruth Song

Senior Manager, Innovation and Marketing, The Sandbox

Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP)

Mr Barry Nickerson

Director of Consulting Projects

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)

Mr Wilson Finch

Associate Vice President, Consulting

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)

Dr. Ricky Tang

Senior Lecturer and Programme Headship for Specialist Diploma in Career Counselling,

Republic Polytechnic (RP)

Ms Loh Gek Khim

Director, Skills Development Division

SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)

Dr. Simon Tan

Centre Director

Centre for i4.0 Workforce Transformation (Ci4.0WT)

Mr. Loh Chi Ming

Head, Strategic Partnerships (Gnowbe)

Mr. Tan Hsien Wei

Assistant Director, Temasek SkillsFuture Academy (TSA)

Temasek Polytechnic (TP)

Ms. Christy Chung

Director, Continuing Education & Training (CET) Academy

Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP)

Dr. Elaine Chapman

Researcher, Graduate School of Education

University of Western Australia (UWA)

Fireside Chat Panelists

Mr. David Yeo

CEO and Founder

Kydon Group and ZilLearn Inc

Ms. Javiny Lim

Co-founder and Managing Director

Quotient Travel

Mr. Nicholas Chee

Managing Director

Sinema Media Pte Ltd

Ms. Sher-Li Torrey

Founder, Mums@Work (Singapore) and Co-Founder, Career Navigators SG

Dr. Michael Fung

Deputy Chief Executive (Industry), Chief Human Resource Officer & Chief Data Officer

SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)

Fireside Moderator

Ms. Tan Ching Ching

Director, The Sandbox

Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP)

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