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RP and SACEOS provide talent boost for MICE industry

Date: Monday, November 10 2014

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 (From Left to Right): Mr. Ong Wee Min, Honorary Secretary of SACEOS, Ms. Janet Tan-Collis, President of SACEOS, Mr. Seto Lok Yin, Deputy Principal of Industry Service of RP, Mr. Tui Jurn Man, Director of Office Industry & Collaboration of RP

The Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS) and Republic Polytechnic (RP) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 31 October 2014 for two years.  

The two parties agree to collaborate on the following two major new initiatives:

  • Inspire 360 Talent Development Programme
  • Accreditation and Articulation of Diploma in Integrated Events Management (DIEM) students to achieve professional certifications offered by SACEOS 

“We are collaborating with SACEOS on Inspire 360 for our Diploma in Integrated Events Management students to be groomed and mentored by key industry partners. Through such industry exposure in real work settings, they will be ready to contribute to the dynamic MICE and events industry upon graduation,” said Mr Seto Lok Yin, Deputy Principal (Industry Services), Republic Polytechnic. 

Inspire 360 is an engaging and structured mentorship programme in which a pilot group of 9 MICE and Events companies will engage second-year DIEM students in their company’s activities such as the Orientation Programme, events, mentorship sessions and project work.  

SACEOS and RP identified key industry partners to be the mentoring companies in the pilot programme starting 1 January 2015. RP will match interested students to the mentoring companies based on the students’ aspiration in the various sectors of the MICE and Events Industry. The companies will then mentor and involve the students actively in their events and projects to allow them to gain on-the-job training and experience. The students will also be attached to these companies for a six-month internship in Year 3. Deserving students may be offered full-time employment by these companies upon graduation.   

This is also the first time that SACEOS and an institute of higher learning have collaborated to infuse two professional certifications offered by SACEOS into the curriculum: the Professional Conference Management (PCM) certification and Professional Exhibition Management (PEM) certification. These professional certificates developed by the industry for the industry, will increase the employment prospects of RP graduates wishing to enter into the MICE and events industry.  

“With such certifications, RP graduates will be industry-ready so as to contribute more productively as they join the hiring company. This dynamic industry can provide good learning opportunities such as educational courses and regional exposure. Armed with a diploma and a professional certification, a RP graduate can be on the mid to higher salary range of a fresh diploma graduate,’ said Mr Ralph Hendrich, General Manager of Koelnmesse Pte Ltd.   

Lecturers at RP are currently undergoing the following internationally recognised accredited certifications: Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) and Certified Meeting Professional (CMP).   Ms Neeta Lachmandas, Assistant Chief Executive of Singapore Tourism Board (STB) comments “Inspire 360 and the certifications will enable both the students and lecturers to deepen their level of expertise on delivering high quality experiences and events. This is in line with MICEHQ.SG, one of the key thrusts of the MICE 2020 Roadmap, which looks at building Singapore’s strength as a MICE destination and sustaining Singapore’s leadership position for the future.”

“SACEOS is the centre of learning for all MICE and events professionals to be able to attract and provide internationally recognised accreditation and maintain Singapore’s position as the thought leadership for a highly skilled workforce. We are happy that we are taking the first step with RP to develop future leaders of the industry,” Mrs Janet Tan-Collis, President, SACEOS, said.   

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