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Assessing Suitability Beyond Standard Criteria


After Sharin left his job, he aspired to contribute to society by sharing his knowledge. He applied for a teaching position but was rejected despite having a training certification and job experience. The employer did not recognise his part-time degree even though it was also their policy to recognise qualifications from accredited universities. Sharin appealed for his case to be reviewed to no avail. He was dismayed at the nonrecognition which would apply to mature PMEs doing part-time studies and decided to raise the issue with TAFEP.

After TAFEP’s outreach, the employer explained that their revision of the eligibility criteria was to raise the quality of their staff and protect the interest of their students. However, given the wide range of academic degrees, the employer acknowledged that their criteria might not have been comprehensive. After assessment, they allowed Sharin to register for the job.

Sharin felt that the job market should be an even playing field where job requirements were based on training, skills and experience (and not whether degrees were done on full or part-time basis). He viewed that mature knowledge workers could continue to contribute well to Singapore’s economy.