Social Innovation Park empowers the largest ITE cohort through workplace empowerment programme
On 16th &17th November 2016, SIP launched its first “SIP Empower For Good” (EFG) roadshow to recruit students for a 6-month mentorship programme. It is ground-up initiative spearheaded by Social Innovation Park (SIP) in collaboration with J.P. Morgan and ITE. EFG aims to impart industry-relevant insights, workforce-ready skills and networking opportunities to 100 selected students from the Engineering and ICT schools. Under the direct mentorship of thirty top-notch mentors from leading companies and prominent SMEs, the students will gain cutting-edge professional exposure. The series of 7 exclusive workshops will further enhance the students’ learning and empower them for the 21st-century work environment.
The Design Thinking Workshop on 4th February 2017, gave students the opportunities to learn through hands-on-experiences. They were also equipped with skills to transform their innovative ideas into actual projects. Customer montages were created, by the students, based on their mentors’ personality profile and invent apps and devices to solve daily problems.
The Industry Insight Workshop on 25th February 2017, equipped students with the basics of supply chain management, air conditioning services and artificial intelligence (AI) through interactive hands-on exercises. Not only did the students became more aware of career development and industry trends, but also learn to appreciate the industry’s purpose and roles in the society.
Beyond the technical and logical skill-sets, it is one’s attitude and resilience in the face of challenges that differentiate a high-performing employee from any other employees. The Career Resilience Workshop on 18th March 2017, equipped students with principles and values in life which will help them to navigate the ups and downs of career life so that students are able to drive their own career development to achieve their career aspirations.
The Project Management & Problem Solving Skills, on 8th April 2017, empowered students to be a proactive solution-provider by helping them to frame problems, formulate effective criteria for decision-making and arrive at the best solutions with established frameworks and tools.
Students were also equipped with effective communication skills during the Interpersonal & Networking Skills on 29th April 2017, to increase their ability to exercise skills and mastery in their conversations, build relationships and network with confidence.
Furthermore, the Interview Techniques Workshop on 20th May 2017, taught the students how to prepare for their job interviews and to ace it with their interviewers.
Last but not least, students were taught how to craft their presentation, make use of visual aids, verbal and non-verbal cues to keep their audience engaged. Through the Presentation Skills Workshop on 22nd July 2017, many students grew to present with confidence and develop their own presentation styles.
At the end of the programme, 97.3% of the students and 100% of the mentors felt that EFG has made them / their mentees more workforce ready. Many students exhibited a stronger sense of dignity and self-worth. They managed to enlarge their social circle and build a closer support network. All the students expressed their gratitude for having a mentor and having participated this EFG programme.