ITE educates students in a wide range of subjects, including IT, engineering, health sciences, design, and hospitality, at its three campuses – ITE College Central, ITE College East, and ITE College West. No matter what specialisation students choose, digitalisation is increasingly important for all jobs.
Choo’s colleague Ching Kai Yang explains, “As a vocational institute, our primary goal is to make sure that our students are equipped with all of the skills that they need to thrive in their industry and contribute to the Singapore government’s Smart Nation initiative. Today, that increasingly means digital and creative skills.”
Today most organisations have websites and mobile apps for their products and services. People communicate digitally, often creating multimedia visuals that make newsletters, presentations, and reports easier for colleagues, clients, or the public to understand. This is why research shows that professionals who focus on their creative skills saw up to two to three times higher salary increases – results that held steady no matter the industry or job function. These same skills also help boost resilience in industries most impacted by the pandemic, such as hospitality.
With creative and digital communications skills becoming more important in the workforce, ITE deployed around 10,000 Adobe Creative Cloud licenses for faculty and students in courses such as design, IT, and business.
“One of the objectives of ITE is to train students to be ready to work in their industry,” says Choo. “Adobe is the industry standard for creative apps, so by training our students to work with Adobe Creative Cloud, we get them ready to immediately contribute when they get jobs.”