Pekka Kämäräinen, Ludger Deitmer and Dirk Stieglitz
The research partners ITB and Pontydysgu had a working meeting with Singapore Workforce Development Agency. The delegation was led by Chief Executive Ng Cher Pong and Chief Research Officer Gog Soon Joo and consisted of 12 participants (from the agency, from the Ministry of Manpower and from partner organisations). The delegation was on European tour and their main target in Germany was a meeting with Learning Layers project in Bremen.
In the first part of the meeting the ITB team presented information on the Learning Layers project (with emphasis on the construction pilot and on the development of the Learning Toolbox). In addition Dirk Stieglitz from Pontydysgu internet demonstration that showed, how the Learning Toolbox can be co-developed by the users by designing tiles, pages and stacks (for managing contents, web resources and communications).
In the second part of the meeting the visitors informed us of the vocational education and training (VET) system in Singapore, on the role of public authorities, of their agency and of public-private partnerships as well as private-private partnerships. They emphasised that the key instrument for developing VET and continuing training is not seen in regulations but in the financing of training (e.g. via vouchers and other arrangements). From this point of view the visitors were keen to learn more on the the German dual system, on the partnership arrangements and on the commitment of enterprises to training. In addition they were very interested to learn more of the further deployment of the Learning Toolbox.
The visitors informed that the government of Singapore has approved to launch the Innovative Learning 2020 (iN.LEARN 2020) project of the agency and of the Singapore Institute of Adult Learning. The iN.LEARN 2020 is a multi-year national project with the goal of shaping learning design and it starts in October 2015. The visitors expressed their willingness to maintain contacts with the Learning Layers projects and are looking forward to next encounters.
Learning Toolbox (LTB) Chronicle Vol. 2, 6/2015