Since its formation in April 1992, ITE has provided a unique brand of Hands-on, Minds-on, Hearts-on skills education that has enabled young people to build meaningful careers, progress in life, and contribute to the community and Singapore’s economic success. Amidst changing labour demands, ITE has helped students and adult learners develop deep skills and adaptability even after they have graduated from formal education. Over the last three decades, ITE has also journeyed to become a world-class institution for career and technical education.
On Thu 30 Jun 2022, ITE celebrated the 30 years of inspiring, transforming and empowering lives for the future at the Tay Eng Soon Convention Centre, ITE Headquarters. The Guest-of-Honour was Mr Teo Chee Hean, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security. Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Education, was also in attendance. Some 900 guests, comprising representatives of government agencies, industry partners and employers, international partners, stakeholders, alumni, staff and students, were at the milestone event.
Inspiring, Transforming, Empowering Lives for the Future
ITE has completely transformed Singapore’s vocational and technical education since it took over from its predecessor, the Vocational & Industrial Training Board. The key milestones in ITE’s journey are in Annex A. Through successive five-year strategic roadmaps since 1995, purposeful execution and staff’s dedication and care for students, ITE has inspired generations of youths and adult learners, transforming their lives and empowering them to achieve success.
ITE has also received significant accolades for its superior quality of technical education and impact. In the last five years, it has received awards that have affirmed its excellence. These achievements include attaining the pinnacle Organisational Excellence award, the Singapore Quality Award (with Special Commendation) for the second time, the USA Association for Talent Development Excellence in Practice Award (Learning & Development), the Tripartite Alliance Award (Fair and Programme Employment Practices) and the Global Performance Excellence Award (World Class).
ITE: Going 3ey0nd
To commemorate ITE’s remarkable journey, ITE today launched a book entitled “ITE: Going 3ey0nd” that captures key moments in ITE’s story. The book is also available on the ITE website.
ITE Distinguished Partner Award
Over the years, ITE has sharpened its unique ability to provide holistic education through the creation of authentic learning environments that simulate industry and the workplace, and the provision of a wide range of industry-relevant courses. A key factor behind ITE’s success is its strong and strategic links and collaborations with industries, community and international partners.
Senior Minister Teo presented the ITE Distinguished Partner Award to 30 partners at the Celebration. Annex B lists these distinguished partners. Of these, the Ministerium für Kultus, Jugend und Sport (KM), Baden-Württemberg, Federal Republic of Germany (Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Baden-Württemberg, Federal Republic of Germany), received the ITE Premier Partner Award.
Ms Low Khah Gek, Chief Executive Officer, ITE, said, “In the past three decades, all the changes we have made were always with the students in mind. We want to give them the best opportunities to grow and shine. We focus on valuing each individual and working alongside the students as they discover, learn, progress and blossom. As we celebrate ITE’s 30th Anniversary today, we will build on the strong groundwork laid over the last three decades and continue to innovate and create new opportunities and possibilities for our students.”
ITE DISTINGUISHED PARTNER AWARD
In conjunction with ITE’s 30th anniversary celebration, ITE will be recognising 30 institutions and industry partners who have contributed significantly in transforming ITE’s career & technical education over the last 30 years. These partners have helped enhance the development and training of ITE students, through knowledge, skills and technology transfer; the provision of expertise in the development and review of curriculum in new and emerging skills areas, including creating new education pathways and programmes; as well as offering internship and overseas learning opportunities. The Award Recipients are:
Premier Partner Award (Top Award)
- Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Baden-Württemberg, Federal Republic of Germany
Distinguished Partner Awards
(a) Overseas Institutional Partners
- Box Hill Institute, Australia
- Kirkwood Community College, USA
- InstitutPaul Bocuse, France
- Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada
- Vocational Training Council, Hong Kong SAR
(b) Local Industry Partners
- Aver Asia (S) Pte Ltd
- Bosch Rexroth Pte Ltd
- Conrad Centennial Singapore
- CrimsonLogic Pte Ltd
- dnata Singapore Pte Ltd
- Equinix Singapore Pte Ltd
- HOYA Lens (S) Pte Ltd
- Intel Technology Asia Pte Ltd
- ITE Alumni Association
- Johnson Controls (S) Pte Ltd
- Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd
- Les Amis Group
- National Healthcare Group
- National Trades Union Congress
- National Youth Achievement Award Council
- PSA Corporation Ltd
- SBS Transit Ltd
- Sembcorp Marine Ltd
- SICK Product Center Asia Pte Ltd
- SMRT Corporation Ltd
- ST Engineering
- ST Microelectronics Pte Ltd
- YCH Group Pte Ltd
- ZF Asia Pacific Pte Ltd