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Take Charge of Your Personal and  Professional Development

To succeed in today’s rapidly changing work environment, we need to constantly acquire new knowledge, adaptive skills and attributes.
SPEC professional short courses are designed to help PMETs, Self-Employed/Freelancers
unleash their potential to maximise career opportunities, stay competitive and relevant in the new workplace or to switch careers.
SPEC aims to support you in life-long learning, to pursue skills mastery and develop fulfilling careers.

To serve the continuing learning needs of adults of all ages, SPEC offers short courses supported by:

National Silver Academy (NSA) -for Singapore Citizens & PRs aged 50 & above (for both self-paying & company-sponsored trainees)

SkillsFuture Credit (SFC) -for Singapore Citizens aged 25 & above*

NTUC-UTAP -for NTUC union members* (Complimentary first 6 months NEW member subscription supported by SPEC)

*Applicable for self-paying trainees only. Refer to below for the funding support of respective courses. T&C applies.

Package Rates available for Customised Corporate Workshops. Send Enquiry

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RMC Management Consulting Course

Offer in partnership with Institute of Management Consultants, Singapore (IMCS)

Learn the basic skills, methodologies and practices of the management consulting profession. Taught by leading RMC certified management consultants, the course prepares candidates with the required prerequisite of industry knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to achieving Registered Management Consultant exam and certification. It is helpful for PMEs who want to improve their diagnostic and analytical skills to enhance work performance in organisations.

Course Dates: 18 to 20 May 2022 (3 days)

Course Fee: $2000                                 

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The Design Thinking Workshop -

Building the Designer’s Innovation Mindset

A comprehensive live virtual program to help you experience the power of Design Thinking concepts to create a path to innovation, unveil new possibilities and make greater contribution to your organization’s success.You will understand why Design Thinking should be at the core of strategy development and organizational change in order to create a culture that is focused on a creative way of solving problems. Build your expertise in this workshop with specific design tools and methods as well as understand the end to end human centered framework.

Course Dates: TBA <2 Days/Online>

Course Fee: $1000

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Maximize Your Career Opportunities in Today’s Job Market

Equip you with the know-how to develop key competencies and attitudes required to excel in your job or for change or advance in career. Through blended learning approach, you will use a set of tools and skills to help you develop 10 character competencies known as the "MAXIMIZERS" and be able to evaluate your personal strengths and weaknesses and craft a personal develop plan for application and continuous improvement.

Course Dates:  TBA
(Total 24 hours /Blended learning)

Course Fee: $600
Course Duration: 7 modules in 24 hrs spread over 4 weeks.

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Building a Career in the Wellness Industry

Specially designed to help those looking for employment in the Wellness industry, considering a career change or thinking of starting a Wellness-related business. Provide relevant information about the industry, competencies requirement, jobs scopes and wages, career pathways, etc. and guidance on how to seek employment and sponsorship for competency upgrading.

Course Date: 28 July 2022

Course Fee: Below Age 50  -  $225                                          Age 50 & above - $45

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Jump Start Your Own Fully Functioning eCommerce Store

This course is ideal for business owners or  individuals who desire to start an online eCommerce business. It covers introduction to e-Commerce, how to set up and to operate your e-Store. This hands-on practical workshop will take you from beginner to advance level, regardless of your current skill level, and provide guidance along with other tips that are essential to launch a successful online store.

Course Date: 27 May 2022

Course Fee: Below Age 50  -  $225                                          Age 50 & above - $45

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Mobile Phone Photography -Tips & Tricks on How to Capture and Create Incredible Pictures

This practical workshop is designed to equip you with the foundation skills to produce aesthetically and/or emotive images and help you acquire an understanding of what it means to be an image-maker. You will learn the general composition rules and perspectives in photography and how to use them as well as learn tips and tricks on how to capture and create incredible pictures.

Course Date: 17 June 2022

Course Fee: $225

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A Beginners Guide to Facebook (Meta) Marketing & Advertising

In today’s business world, Facebook (FB) Marketing  can help companies in promoting its brands and maintaining its presence on the giant social network. FB Ads helps businesses get more visibility, target greater site traffic as well as be easily found by new customers. This course  is designed to equip participants with practical knowledge and skills in developing a FB marketing strategy to increase brand awareness and review and optimize performance. It covers latest trends, key concepts, framework, and techniques with successful strategies for sales growth.

Course Date: TBA

Course Fee: $225

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Entrepreneurship in the GIG Economy

Equip yourself with relevant entrepreneurial mindset and skills set to be well-prepared when starting your own businesses in the new economy. Through this course, you will gain more knowledge and be able to understand and appreciate the trends of entrepreneurship in the Internet Age; concept of gig economy and business models; recognise the Business Model Canvas; and enhance ability to relate personal skills and plans, resources for development. Skills acquired may help seniors expand into freelance work or be involved in volunteering activities.

Course Date: 18 July 2022
Course Fee: Below Age 50  -  $225                                          Age 50 & above - $45

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Financial Competence for Modern Singaporeans

Learn the fundamentals of financial literacy and how personal finance techniques can help you achieve milestones in life. Find out what are the various asset types and their values in which you can apply to design your own asset portfolio. Improve your money management and asset building skills within the Singapore lifestyle framework through fun and interactive Gamified Learning using the Asset Finesse Board Game. Skills acquired may help seniors expand into freelance work or be involved in volunteering activities.

Course Date: 3 June 2022

Course Fee: Below Age 50 - $225
                      Age 50 & above - $45

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Delivering Impactful Presentations

Presentations skills and public speaking skills are useful in many aspects of our work and social life. Presenters who can speak convincingly with credibility and wit, will create tremendous rapport and goodwill with their audience. Effective presentations and public speaking are important in business, sales and marketing, training, teaching, lecturing, and even entertaining an audience. Developing the confidence and capability to give good presentations and stand up in front of an audience and speak well are extremely helpful competencies for self-development too.

Course Date: 7 June 2022 

Course Fees: Below Age 50  -  $225
                       Age 50 & above - $45

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Harness the Power of Storytelling to Lead and Influence

How good are you at articulating the story of your life to connect with others? How well can you tell the story of your company, of the people you lead so that they feel valued? Learn how to generate powerful stories from your own lives and observations from everyday lives to powerfully influence people that you lead or to present your products/services to clients in a compelling manner. The skills acquired will enable seniors to improve social interactions, and may help improve work performance for working seniors.

Course Date: 14 July 2022

Course Fees: Below Age 50  -  $225
                       Age 50 & above - $45

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Sharpen Your Business Writing Skills

Designed to equip you with a structured and concise approach to business writing. Through active learning activities, input sessions, discussions and practices, you will acquire skills to write different types of documents such as memos, email messages, letters, reports, proposals, agendas and meeting minutes, policy statements and articles in an effective and professional manner to achieve intended outcomes. The skills acquired may help improve work performance for working seniors as well as help seniors expand into freelance work or be involved in volunteering activities.

Course Date: 16 June 2022

Course Fees: Below Age 50  -  $225
                       Age 50 & above - $45

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Unblock Inner Blockages to a Successful and Fulfilling Career

When career roadblocks crop up, you need concrete ways to circumvent them. Learn what common career mistakes can trip you and how to overcome them with some proactive work. Be guided on how to tackle your current job (and future jobs) with renewed perspective and purpose. The skills acquired will enable seniors to improve their quality of life, and may help improve work performance for working seniors as well as help seniors expand into freelance work or be involved in volunteering activities.

Course Date: 2 August 2022

Course Fee: Below Age 50  -  $225
                      Age 50 & above - $45

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Strategic Career Planning, by Choice and Not by Chance

Learn how to assess your own capabilities and seek employment opportunities by having a planned approach to fulfil your aspirations. This course enables you with a roadmap to chart your career planning and development instead of leaving it to chance or circumstance. It will benefit new entrants to the workforce as well as those already in employment who wish to enhance their career development. Seniors can acquire these skills to better plan their career move, expand into freelance work or be involved in volunteering activities. 

Course Date: 2 September 2022

Course Fee: Below Age 50  -  $225
                      Age 50 & above - $45

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Master the Art of Influencing and Negotiating

Designed to help you overcome negotiating anxieties and wield confidence, control and power in negotiation. Learn how to recognize underlying interests, identify your real needs, listen to build a relationship, and how to maintain your composure. Enhance your ability to get effective results out of negotiations whilst maintain good relationships with stakeholders. Skills acquired will enable seniors to improve social interactions, and may help improve work performance for working seniors.

Course Date: 31 May 2022

Course Fee: Below Age 50 - $225
                      Age 50 & above - $45

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Practical Project Management Skills

Projects represent much of the work done in today’s organizations. Learning to manage projects effectively not only benefits your organization, it also benefits you to improve your career prospects by providing you with a critical skill. Helpful for freelancers/contract (gig) workers and working professionals responsible for leading projects from inception to completion, on time and on budget, making more efficient use of resources and achieving a quality outcome. The skills acquired may help improve work performance for working seniors as well as help seniors expand into freelance work or be involved in volunteering activities.

Course Date: 24 June 2022

Course Fee: Below Age 50  -  $225
                      Age 50 & above - $45

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Relationship Building - Communication and Motivation

Relationship building is the process of individuals developing their diverse life skills in social and business networks. The ability to communicate, empathise and motivate others is a fundamental skill that is the basis for building trust, influencing, closing deals, and sustaining social and business relationships across different generations and diverse cultures in Singapore. Learn how to listen more effectively and handle conflicting situations resulting in win-win outcomes. Acquiring these skills will help seniors to improve their social interactions, both at workplace and at home.

Course Date: 8 July 2022

Course Fee: Below Age 50  -  $225
                      Age 50 & above - $45

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Logical and Creative Decision Making

Learn how to seek creative alternatives to increase chances of a “Right Decision”. Designed to help you understand the components of logical thinking and how to avoid blocks to logical thinking. Help to increase your ability to make decisions confidently by thinking more creatively and independently, make better decisions by problem solving systematically, identify the value of ideas and reach well-reasoned conclusions when making decisions in various work and non-work situations. Acquiring these skills will enable seniors to have better quality of life and enhance their social interactions.

Course Date: 15 July 2022

Course Fee: Below Age 50  -  $225
                      Age 50 & above - $45

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Essentials of Personal Data Protection
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Gain an overview of PDPA and take your first steps to be compliant. This course will equip you with the foundation and competencies necessary to undertake the role of data protection professionals and be well-versed in privacy regulations and Singapore's Personal Data Protection Act. Learn best practices and identify the risks to comply with the PDPA as well as enforcement cases from the PDPC. Helpful for working seniors to acquire this new knowledge and in-demand skill-set so as to stay relevant in the workplace.

Course Date: 11 July 2022

Course Fee: Below Age 50 - $225

                      Age 50 & above - $45

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Become a Competent Data Protection Officer Beyond the Fundamentals

Designed to help SMEs in empowering their appointed DPOs to take immediate steps to manage personal data for their organizations. This course will equip appointed DPOs with the competencies required to undertake the role of managing personal data in compliance to our local PDPA regulations. The course will relate to them directly and help them to apply what they are doing to expand their skills to become competent DPOs. Helpful for seniors to acquire this new knowledge and in-demand skill-set so as to stay relevant in the workplace.

Course Date: 21 & 22 July 2022 <2 days>

Course Fee: Below Age 50 - $400                                            Age 50 & above - $80

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Effective Management of Employees to Retirement or Re-Employment

With the current demography of an aging population and the employment landscape in Singapore, adequate expertise in effective management of employees to facilitate their retirement or re-employment into workforce has become not only relevant but essential. Employers and people managers need to understand the implications, impacts and insights of how to manage, handle and enact the laws accurately and fairly to retiring employees, while employees should know their rights when retiring & seeking reemployment. 

Course Date: 21 June 2022

Course Fee: Below Age 50  -  $225
                      Age 50 & above - $45

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Wealth Management: The Funds Investment Dominator Program

Learn the rules of the money game to achieve your financial goals and secure your retirement needs. Choosing the right instruments that provide the best returns will make all the difference. This course aims to help you increase your wealth knowledge, particularly in the asset class known as Mutual Funds. This will allow you to be confident in knowing what you will be investing or have invested. 

Course Date: 2 June 2022

Course Fee: Below Age 50  -  $225                                          Age 50 & above - $45

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Enhancing Mental Wellness -- A Practical Non-Medical Approach

Find out what is Wellness and Mental Wellness, and methods to improve mental, emotional, social and psychological wellness. You will take away ideas and suggestions on how to realize your own abilities, cope with stress and challenges, manage challenges positively, build strong relationships, how to engage in productive work, improve sustainability, contribute meaningfully to communities and society and enjoy life.

Course Date: 14 June 2022

Course Fee: $225

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Managing Efficiency of Remote-Working Employees/Teams

This synchronous e-learning program uses a games-based approach to create a stress-free, fun environment in teams. In such a remote working environment, the team learns to align, commit and learn from each other to stay productive and continue to deliver superior organisational results. This course is ideally suited for a team working remotely to attend together and use this as a platform to improve their alignment and productivity.

Course Date: 18 July 2022
Course Fee: Below Age 50  -  $225                                          Age 50 & above - $45

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More SPEC courses

SPEC mission is to enhance employment and employability of PMETs and freelancers. We aim to support you in life-long learning, to pursue skills mastery and develop fulfilling careers.

Check back here for regular updates and new courses

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Covid-19 support for SPEC members

If you are a SPEC member, you get up to total $100 rebates when you participate in SPEC professional development courses & activities from April to December 2022. 
 

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Recruiting Freelance Trainers...

SPEC is recruiting freelance trainers with a wide range of knowledge, sector experience, and creative and engaging facilitation skills to partner us in the delivery of innovative training courses and workshops. If you are a highly-motivated practitioner and/or experienced professional keen to use your  expertise and experience in curating work-skills oriented and life-skills related courses for our workforce and general public, we like to hear from you.

Email your CV to secretariat@spec.org.sg

Information is correct at time of publication. SPEC reserves the right to amend any information whenever necessary. e-Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to participants who attained at least 75% class attendance. Applications for course fee subsidy are subject to approval of the respective agencies. All T&Cs apply.

About National Silver Academy (NSA) 
NSA is a network of post-secondary education institutions and community-based organisations that offer learning opportunities for seniors with short courses covering both life-skills as well as work-skills. Seniors (both Singaporeans and PRs) aged 50 years & above can attend short courses without the need to sit for exam. For courses run by community-based organisations, the final fee payable by seniors takes into account the support given by the government to community-based organisations to develop and offer the short courses. SkillsFuture Credit can be used on top of existing government course subsidies to pay for approved skills-related courses under the NSA. 

What is SkillsFuture Credit (SFC)

SFC is intended to encourage individuals to take ownership of their skills development and lifelong learning. Since 2016, all Singaporeans aged 25 & above will receive an opening credit of S$500. A one-off SFC top-up of $500 is provided to every Singapore Citizen aged 25 years & above as at 31 December 2020 which can be used for all SFC-eligible courses. You can check your available amount of SFC via https://sfc.myskillsfuture.gov.sg/claim using your Singpass.

What Is Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)

UTAP is a training benefit to encourage NTUC union members to go for skills upgrading by defraying their cost of training. NTUC members who initiate training on their own, enjoy 50% *unfunded course fee support (refers to balance course fee payable after applicable govt subsidy), capped at $500 per year for aged 40 & above, and $250 per year for below age 40, for courses attended before 31 Dec 2022. Please visit e2i’s website to find out more. For SPEC support of UTAP funding, please sign up for NTUC union membership through this weblink: https://ntuc.co/UA-SPEC (prevailing T&Cs apply)

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