Singapore’s students are among the best worldwide, particularly in literacy, reading, mathematics, and science. Much of this is due to the quality and consistency of our education system.
To maintain this momentum, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has engaged more than 2,000 Singaporeans since August 2022 to discuss the desired collective outcomes for education and lifelong learning under the Forward Singapore Equip pillar. The following three areas resonated the most with participants:
- Embracing lifelong learning to seize new opportunities and maximise potential
- Supporting students’ diverse interests, learning needs and aspirations
- Building an inclusive society for our students with special educational needs (SEN) and their families
In addition, an enhanced Training and Adult Education (TAE) Industry Transformation Map (ITM) 2025 was launched in February 2023. This ITM seeks to position the TAE sector as a relevant and responding partner in workforce development and enterprise transformation for employers across all industries.
Singapore’s education sector aims to develop learning innovations for all ages so that training is better contextualised to their circumstances, whether they’re school students or mid-life and mid-career adults.
As such, the growth of EdTech, an abbreviation for educational technology, has come to the fore, with a combined use of computer hardware, software, and educational theory and practice to facilitate learning.
How is EdTech growing in Singapore?
Companies such as Singapore-based GenieBook have been leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to fill the gaps in traditional education systems. They actively test how AI can enhance learning experiences for students and educators through personalised learning, automatic exam grading, and immediate feedback on assignments.
The company’s co-founder and chief executive, Zhizhong Neo, shared with Techwire Asia: “The primary motivator for creating Geniebook was to bridge this gap by catering to each student’s personalised learning needs, often overlooked in traditional settings.”
BytePlus, the enterprise division of ByteDance, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with EduSpaze, another Singapore-based EdTech company, with the goal of using BytePlus’ sentiment analysis to help educators and learning platforms to monitor student’s focus levels, comprehend their learning journey and improve teaching outcomes.
Some of the jobs EdTech companies are hiring for include:
- Instructional Designer
- Software Developer/Engineer
- Graphic Designer
- Learning Experience Designer
- EdTech Researcher
- E-learning Specialist
- Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Developer
- Product Managers
- Sales and Marketing
The TAE sector is set to grow beyond Singapore’s shores
Besides EdTech, jobs also exist for adult training provider companies, which the Singapore government will support to export continuing education and training (CET) to overseas markets.
The goal is to allow the sector to gain experience, acquire a broader view of effective educational deliveries, diversify the sector, and test its capabilities in overseas markets.
There are over 20,000 TAE professionals, of which 50% are adult educators responsible for the design and delivery of training, and the remaining 50% are learning managers who provide support to ensure the quality of training experience. These Singapore workers are employed by over 1,000 training organisations across three Continuing Education and Training (CET) pillars:
- Private Training Organisations
- Institutes of Higher Learning
- In-house Enterprises
Here are some jobs within the TAE sector and what they entail.
Examples of training and adult education jobs
A Learning Facilitator delivers learning products and services in various environments, using multiple learning delivery modes and methods. They also assess learning needs and adapt the facilitation approach to reflect desired learning outcomes and learner needs.
An Assessor is responsible for conducting assessments, which measure learner competence and development, and managing the award of certifications and accreditations. They also facilitate data collection and analysis, which is used to measure learner competence and development and establish overall trends and performance gaps.
A Courseware Developer conducts research and develops learning materials, based on curriculum objectives and assessment of learning needs.
Learning Technology Designer
A Learning Technology Designer drives innovation and research by identifying emerging technology applications and developing roadmaps for technology implementation. They also analyse data to evaluate the effectiveness of learning technology and systems, thus identifying improvement opportunities.
Learning Consultant/Learning Solutionist
A Learning Consultant or Solutionist collaborates with various stakeholders to understand critical requirements and objectives to diagnose workplace performance gaps and evaluate learning opportunities. The role also entails designing and implementing bespoke learning solutions and interventions to drive business results, workplace performance improvement and behaviour change.
A Curriculum Lead evaluates overall curriculum effectiveness and recommends improvement areas. They also lead teams that are responsible for the creation of learning curricula, services and technology.