Private Schools in Singapore are governed by the Committee for Private Education (CPE) through two regulatory frameworks: the mandatory ERF and voluntary EduTrust certification. In April 2023, EduTrust Certification Scheme was updated to Guidance Document 4 (GD4) to improve the overall standard of Private Schools in Singapore. Changes include regrouping criterion requirements, stricter EduTrust assessment process, and the introduction of performance outcomes. Private Schools must comply with these changes or risk losing their certification.
Singapore’s strategic location and globalised economy has attracted both foreign talents and students to work or study in Singapore. Furthermore, many businesses are increasing demand for professional trainings and sending staff to boost their technical skills for work. Given the enticing and lucrative business potential in the Private Education Industry in Singapore, it comes as no surprise that more private education institutions are attempting to set up private schools in Singapore.
The Singapore training and education market is evolving. Given the size of the market, government funding allocations, and the requirement that the workforce has a deeper understanding of recently acquired skills and knowledge to meet future economic demands, the market is moving favourably for training providers. As the Singapore government is aggressively working to improve training providers' services in order to professionalise and strengthen the TAE business, training providers must be committed to assist in Singapore's industrial development and ensuring the economic competitiveness of Singaporeans. As a WSQ ATO consultant with over 10 years of experience in the private education industry, EduValue is well poised to guide ATOs & WSQ training providers with the ATO application process, ensuring compliance with SSG regulatory requirements.
Both the ERF and EduTrust are expected to continue to evolve as Singapore’s private education industry matures in its journey towards quality and increasing importance on academic quality and student outcomes. EduValue has 10 years of experience handling ERF and EduTrust Certification. With more than 40 clients, consulting and assisting them on their ERF and EduTrust journeys and undergoing an average of 25 site assessments (both ERF and EduTrust) per year, EduValue is well positioned to work with PEIs in their journey towards process improvements to meet the changing quality assurance needs in the private education landscape.
Over the years, EduValue has championed the need for independency in the Quality Assurance and Compliance functions. With the EduValue Team currently managing over 40 PEI’s Compliance functions, it could probably start to re-look at how to better strengthen the Industry looking at a Macro-perspective in areas of professional qualifications and also to share our services in terms of Independent audits.
In business, networking is one of the most effective tools for advancing an organization's professional standing. A strong Private Education Institution business network demonstrates solidarity and a united sector capable of advancing agendas, creating value, and enhancing the overall Private Education Sector's market position. EV Network, supported and funded by EduValue, is a free membership network to fulfil the gap of an independent network with the aim to bring up the standing of the Private Education Institution sector in Singapore.
With the increase in focus on lifelong learning and continuous improvement, the Training and Adult Education (TAE) industry has been growing in recent years. This article explores the factors that contribute to breaches in the regulatory framework and proposed solutions that EduValue is able to implement which helps to negate these risks. It is relevant for organisations within industries such as TAE, Private Education Institution (PEI), Institute of Higher Learning (IHL), Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ) and Approved Training Organisations (ATO).