nEbO and Yio Chu Kang Secondary School Ink Agreement to Strengthen Partnership in Student Education and Development
1. nEbO, the junior membership arm of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), and Yio Chu Kang Secondary School (YCKSS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today, to formalise their partnership in student education and development. The aim is to nurture more Work-Ready, World-Ready and Life-Ready youths by providing programmes and opportunities for students to be exposed to different working environments and industries, develop their character, and cultivate the spirit of social entrepreneurship.
2. YCKSS is the second institution to sign an MOU with nEbO, following the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) last year, and the four-year partnership will see nEbO piloting its curriculum with YCKSS. It involves providing openings for a Work Attachment Programme for the Secondary Three and Four Normal Technical students, letting them gain experience working in the service industry. There will also be opportunities for students to go on Industrial Learning Journeys, to give them a better understanding of the operations of certain organisations, and the role that unions play in representing and protecting the interest of workers.
3. Under the agreement, Various Values in Action projects will also be developed in collaboration, letting students learn values while serving the community and nurturing compassion and empathy. With a thriving Care community that regularly initiates events and activities to make a positive difference in the lives of others, nEbO can provide the resources and guidance necessary for encouraging more students to volunteer. Both parties will also explore the possibility of giving aspiring social entrepreneurs the support and access to networks and mentors to grow their ideas into sustainable businesses while doing good.
Continuing successful Work-Ready, World-Ready, Life-Ready initiatives for schools
4. The 2 institutions have been collaborating on Work-Ready programmes geared towards getting Normal Technical students exposed to work situations since September 2011. Industrial Learning Journeys to organisations such as NTUC Club, the Housing and Development Board and Gardenia Foods, provided students with a glance of different occupation options, their working environments and structure.
5. Through the Work Attachment Programme held during the school holidays in November and June, students completed a one-week attachment at NTUC Club facilities for a taste of working life in the hospitality industry. Working as play guides, guest relations personnel or housekeepers, they familiarised themselves with a variety of actual work situations, learning how to provide quality service and deliver memorable and pleasant experiences for guests at eXplorerkid, Wild Wild Wet and Costa Sands Resort. In 2012, the Work Attachment Programme expanded to include students from Si Ling Secondary School and Chung Cheng High School (Main).
6. nEbOâ€™s Work-Ready programmes, which provide out of classroom learning opportunities, have been complementing the education of these students into balanced, well-rounded individuals. Projects have also been started with Hai Sing Catholic High School and Chung Cheng High School (Yishun) to support other aspects of a studentâ€™s development. These include a Reading Literacy Programme where Hai Sing Catholic High School students promote the love of reading amongst children from under-privileged families, and a running interest group with Chung Cheng High School (Yishun) to support the youthsâ€™ passion for running. Riding on the success of its partnership with the different schools, nEbO aims to increase its outreach to more schools in 2013.
7. â€œThe signing of this MOU strengthens the close partnership we have with YCKSS and we are excited to be starting the nEbO curriculum with their students. It is also a testament to the value that nEbOâ€™s programmes bring to youths. As one of Singaporeâ€™s largest growing youth community, we continually seek to engage more youths through our programmes and provide the opportunities for personal development. nEbO has been successful in working with 4 other schools on some programmes, and looking ahead, we hope to extend our reach to more schools in 2013,â€ said Mr Lim Eng Lee, Alignment Director (nEbO), NTUC.
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