How many ITE graduates can’t get full-time permanent jobs?

I refer to the article “Fewer ITE, poly grads in full-time work due to changing employment trends: MOE” (Channel NewsAsia, Feb 6).

It states that “The number of polytechnic and ITE graduates in full-time permanent employment fell from 77 per cent in 2007 to 58 per cent in 2016, a decline of 19 percentage points.

In contrast, the number of graduates who choose to go into freelance, part-time and temporary work has gone up, he said. Elaborating on the figures, Dr Janil said: “About half of the decrease is due to students choosing to do part-time work while they prepare for further studies”.

He cited MOE figures showing that the number of ITE and polytechnic graduates choosing to further their studies has gone up by 10 percentage points “over the last 10 years”.

The other half of the decrease is due to graduates choosing not to engage in full-time permanent work.

“They could be doing freelance work, or have other reasons to lead them to choose to work part-time or take up temporary employment,” Dr Puthucheary said.

He said about 1 percentage point represents an increase in those who are doing part-time work involuntarily or still looking for a job.

Still, he said employment rate has remained high. Apart from fluctuations due to the performance of the economy and job market, Dr Janil said around nine in 10 graduates found jobs.”

Since the proportion (%) of ITE Higher Nitec graduates in full-time permanent employment was only 41.8 per cent in 2016 and for Nitec (Engineering) – it was only 33.6 per cent – how do we reconcile these apparently conflicting statistics?

 

Leong Sze Hian

 

 

 

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12 Responses to “How many ITE graduates can’t get full-time permanent jobs?”

  • HarderTruths:

    “…changing employment trends…”

    This just means more FT. Never mind – $G local citizen born – you are needed at Desker Road,

    Your parents all voted to get you that job. Use the opportunity wisely,

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  • Thiew Lay Hoon:

    The cosmetic shops flanking Uniqlo @ ION Orchard are staffed by idiots who can’t behave professionally. Same with some shops along jewelry street. Always hearing their childish high pitched voices talking rubbish. Is that the reason a lot of people can’t find work? That they can’t separate personal from professional matters?

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  • opposition dude:

    Ha ha ha it’s getting ridiculous when the stupidest excuses are used to cover up for why only 58% of poly and ITE graduates are working full time in 2016. I expect the figure to be below 50% for 2017.

    What nonsense about freelance and part time work. Who doesn’t know that these poor graduates are doing freelance or part time because they can’t find full time work? The full time jobs have already gone to the Work permit, S and E Pass holders. Not surprised the government never mentions about the more than 1 million non Singaporeans hanging around on the island, these 1 million plus people aren’t here on holiday that’s for sure so why over a million jobs gone to them?

    A pity ITE and poly graduates are too young to vote. Hopefully by the time they turn 21 they know what to do.

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  • Diploma:

    Our Poly diplomas are very well recognised throughout the world.

    I would encourage Poly graduates to continue their studies to at least bachelor degree level. It is difficult to get into NUS, NTU, SMU, etc as they take in only the top 5% of the cohorts, straight into the 2nd year of study. But for those who can afford and cannot get into local Unis, you may be pleasantly surprised that overseas Unis such as in UK take you in direct to the 2nd year of study also. Those not so well known will even take in our diploma graduates direct into the 3rd year of study.

    Don’t stop at your diploma – it’s a big waste as most diploma holders achieve at least 2nd class honours in their bachelor degree.

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  • Ah Peng Kia:

    While PAP would like you to believe those not in full time work CHOSE to do part time or freelance, reality is the majority cannot find work. For those who have read my previous posts, I have two nieces who graduated locally in the last couple of years who still cannot find full time permanent work. One is in contract work while the other is forced into temporary part time work until something permanent comes along.

    Talking to friends, my family’s situation is not unique. An old army friend sent his two daughters overseas to further their education after they graduated locally but could not find work here. Another friend supported his son to start a small online business. Others who don’t have as much money are just stuck, doing menial roles with a diploma / degree in their back pocket.

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  • logic of one white idiot:

    //How many ITE graduates can’t get full-time permanent jobs?//

    the white idiots should import 15M lar as going by the logic of one white idiot, FTs create jobs for sinkies leh. yes, FTs create jobs for sinkies and not for themselves lar – FTs very generous to daft sinkies lar.

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  • love the mf white idiots:

    //It is difficult to get into NUS, NTU, SMU, etc as they take in only the top 5% of the cohorts, straight into the 2nd year of study. But for those who can afford and cannot get into local Unis, you may be pleasantly surprised that overseas Unis such as in UK take you in direct to the 2nd year of study also. Those not so well known will even take in our diploma graduates direct into the 3rd year of study.//

    but the white idiots do not mind all the chat-ba-lang people coming from surrounding countries to take up the space leh.

    funny that our dip can be accepted in UK or even Aust uni but may not be so in sinkie land. and the daft sinkies still love the mf white idiots so much.

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  • Part Time pay:

    20+ years ago, it used to be 5-10 dollar for one person doing part-time job while waiting for enrollment to further studies or during school holiday.

    The last time I check recently (1 year ago), I am shocked to know that these part-time job is still getting the same amount that I used to get in the past despite inflation on food, transport, and other things.

    I am sure these part-timers does not have a choice but to take up some employment while hoping for next move as I do not believed these peoples are doing part-time job has any choice.

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  • if only they can ask that ques:

    How many ITE graduates can’t get full-time permanent jobs?

    If only the highest-paid-in-the-world PM and Manpower Minister and Minister of Education have the ability to ask that question and to think.

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  • Traits of products raised unde:

    Thiew Lay Hoon:
    The cosmetic shops flanking Uniqlo @ ION Orchard are staffed by idiots who can’t behave professionally. Same with some shops along jewelry street. Always hearing their childish high pitched voices talking rubbish. Is that the reason a lot of people can’t find work? That they can’t separate personal from professional matters?

    Traits of products raised under the Singapore education system. You don’t find that of those raised under another education system.

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  • vgyijnuhj:

    If you are a boss, will you want to hire cheap FT master/degree graduates or sg local ITE?

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  • Unresolved Grievances:

    Kakakakakakakakaka. Anyone know my mama pls tell her when she go market buy cai cai.

    HarderTruths:
    “…changing employment trends…”

    This just means more FT. Never mind – $G local citizen born – you are needed at Desker Road,

    Your parents all voted to get you that job. Use the opportunity wisely,

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