Students' education opportunities will grow thanks to the new partnership of Polytechnic West and Singapore Institute of Technical Education (ITE). The two training providers signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today to cooperate in the areas of student and staff exchange.
South Metropolitan TAFE's Diploma of Fashion students will be the first group to take advantage of this global learning opportunity with Singapore ITE, through an Australian Government VET Outbound Mobility grant in May 2015.
South Metropolitan TAFE Managing Director Jill Jamieson said, "It will provide students with an international employability edge in the pursuit of their chosen career through a unique cross-cultural experience and access to an industry relevant global market," Ms Jamieson said.
"Through this MOU with Singapore ITE, a global leader in vocational education, and funding provided by an Australian Government's VET Outbound Mobility grant, South Metropolitan TAFE's Diploma of Fashion students will be given a fantastic opportunity to experience a global perspective of fashion design and production through exposure to the Singapore Fashion Week (Asian Fashion Summit)," she said.
There are also opportunities for the two institutions to share best practices for excellence in the technical education and training arena.
Mr Bruce Poh Geok Huat, Chief Executive Officer of Singapore ITE stated he was deeply honoured and excited to have South Metropolitan TAFE as an MOU partner.
"South Metropolitan TAFE's approach to Vocational Education and Training (VET) is closely aligned with ours - an approach that is rooted in developing multiple competencies in students, and a deep emphasis on close partnership and consultation with industry."
"We look forward to working together with South Metropolitan TAFE to raise the quality of VET, and provide more cross-cultural and global learning opportunities for our young people to pursue their passion, to broaden their horizons and to actualise their potential."