Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) will partner SMRT Corporation Ltd and SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) to develop a sector-specific training collaboration to support skills development and workplace learning for SMRT’s large base of value-chain partners.

The aim is to help upskill Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to help improve rail reliability, as well as to drive innovation and productivity enhancements across the land transport sector. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed on Thursday between SIT, SMRT and SSG to launch this prominent, first-of-its-kind partnership.

Leveraging on SIT’s expertise in workplace learning that is centered around its applied learning pedagogy and focus on the work-learn continuum, and SMRT’s ongoing application of workplace learning, the two organisations will co-develop the training curricula, with support from SSG.

In addition, SMRT will help its value chain of SMEs, ranging from cleaning companies to rolling stock maintenance service providers, to identify skills gaps holistically and recommend appropriate training, in areas such as data-driven predictive maintenance and project management. This pilot collaboration is expected to benefit 100 SMEs over three years, and contribute to a more vibrant skills and workplace ecosystem for the sector.

“Workplace learning is an integral component of the work-learn continuum. Through SIT’s suite of integrated industry solutions, we are well equipped to support this new skills partnership in building a strong skills ecosystem and workplace learning culture in enterprises,” said Associate Professor Ivan Lee, Vice President (Industry & Community), SIT.