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Professional Development Training Programmes

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.

We Offer Other Corporate Group Training Solutions, Customised Training, Blended Learning, Professional Coaching & More. Contact us for corporate rates.

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RMC Management Consulting Course

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

Learn the basic skills, methodologies and practices of the management consulting profession from leading RMC certified management consultants. This comprehensive 2-day course prepares candidates with the required prerequisites of industry knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to achieving Registered Management Consultant exam and certification. This course is also meant for professionals and managers who wish to gain knowledge in Management Consulting methodologies and practices to improve their diagnostic and analytical skills to enhance their work performance in organisations.

Course Dates: 27 & 28 October 2022

Course Fee: $1400                                 

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Facilitation Skills Training for PMETs

Offer by SPEC in partnership with Facilitators Network Singapore (FNS)
A customised course to equip PMETs involved in stakeholders’ engagement with facilitation skills to better engage stakeholders effectively and efficiently. Designed based on FNS 4D Facilitation® Model, this 2-day workshop is highly hands-on and interactive, with content based on years of field experiences, grounded on classic and contemporary organisational theories. To build competencies, the training will leverage on adult learners’ characteristics and uses learning strategies that work best for their learning. You will gain competencies and learn tools/techniques in facilitating meetings that can directly be applied at work.

Course Dates: 7 & 8 December 2022

Course Fee: $1200

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Auditing for Non-Auditors

This 2-day course defines an audit, explains  the differences between types of audits and reviews why the process is critically important. You will learn about the corporate governance, internal control and audit processes, and risk management. It will help you gain better understanding on the purpose of audit, the types of activities to carry out in line with international standards and importance of well-managed audit units. The course will be helpful for new business owners and executives who wish to acquire essential knowledge of professional auditing as well as benefit individuals/career-switchers who plan to pivot into a career in professional auditing.

Course Date: 13 & 14 October 2022

Course Fee: Below Age 50  -  $450                                          Age 50 & above - $90

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Financial Intelligence for New Business Owners and Non-Financial Executives

By equipping yourself with the basic working knowledge of financial statements and calculations, you will be able to make sound decisions about all aspects of a business. You will learn to read and interpret a few basic financial instruments so that you can recognize opportunities to increase revenue, monitor costs and manage resources. By improving your financial know-how as an employee, you will empower yourself in many ways.

Course Date: 7 October 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: 29 October 2022

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

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Leveraging on WhatsApp Business App

Learn how to leverage on WhatsApp Business App to create meaningful connections with your customers and grow your business. This practical course equips yourself with the knowledge and skills to use this valuable tool to nurture your customers and interact easily with your customers with tools to automate, sort and respond to messages quickly. This course also covers trends, key concepts, framework, and techniques with strategies to manage your business efficiently.

Course Date: 29 September 2022

Course Fee: $280

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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 & review and optimize performance. It covers latest trends, key concepts, framework and techniques with successful strategies for sales growth.

Course Date: 6 October 2022

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

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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: 2 December 2022
Course Fee: Below Age 50  -  $225                                          Age 50 & above - $45

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Understanding Essential Concepts in Business Development

Understand the importance of business development and how the process can help your business grow better. You will gain in-depth understanding of the core business principles & concepts in business development that will give you the edge and big competitive advantage over others. This course seeks to enhance your ability to relate company’s strength and weakness to any opportunities identified and those that could capitalise on your company’s strengths, as well as how to obtain information to identify business opportunities and learn strategies of business development.

Course Date: 20 October 2022

Course Fee: $280

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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: 4 November 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: 24 November 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: 30 November 2022

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

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Practical Approaches to Conflict Resolution

Learn how you can take control of conflict by creating a positive environment in which conflict can be dealt with maturely and collaboratively. You will be able to distinguish between behaviours that are detrimental to conflict resolution and those that are helpful in conflict resolution. Acquire this necessary life skill as part of personal development to help yourself and others to approach conflict in a more practical and productive way, in both work and non-work situations. 

Course Date: 5 December 2022

Course Fee: $280

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Harness the Power of Active Listening

Listening is the foundation of communication and a critical skill needed in the workplace and business environment. How well you listen has a major impact on your job effectiveness, and on the quality of your relationships with others. Improve your listening skills by knowing how to discern hidden messages, kick distracted tendencies, listen in emotional situations or groups, and increase information flow to enhance productivity. As a result, you will be able to receive messages clearly, build good rapport with others, avoid mistakes due to miscommunication, and create more positive work environment.

Course Date: 18 October 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: 30 September 2022

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

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Second Career, Silver Mentors

Understanding your personality profile and career profile will enhance your ability to take control of your career. Through this interactive course, you will understand the importance of understanding your Strengths and Career Options through use of Scientific instruments like IDENTI3 Profiling.
The course will help to surface your individual’s thinking, feelings, actions with the intention for you to re-focus your career. It allows you to undertake self-analysis in relation to your career and participate in group discussions on certain concepts, with opportunities to learn from others’ experiences and different views.

Course Date: 12 October 2022

Course Fee: $280

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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: 10 November 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: 28 October 2022

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

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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: 25 Oct to 14 Nov 2022

(Blended Learning / 7 course modules spread over 4 weeks / Total duration: 24 hours)

Course Fee: Below Age 50  -  $600                                            Age 50 & above - $120

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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 Dates: 7 & 8 November 2022

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

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Protect Your Personal Data; Protect Yourself from Scams

Learn how you can remain connected and enjoy the benefits of technology while staying safe online and be aware of scams. You will discover the trends of the digital world together with the threats that come along with technological progress. Apart from awareness of some common threats, you will be well-informed of your personal rights under the Personal Data Protection Act of Singapore and find out the best practices and methods that will protect your personal data and prevent self from being a prey. 

Course Date: 17 October 2022

Course Fee: $280

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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: 27 September 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: 28 September 2022

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

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Developing Personal Work-Life Effectiveness

Since the onset of the pandemic, most of us who work from home are working longer and harder which inevitably caused our work and personal life to become intertwined and interdependent. Therefore, it is important for us to understand and be able to manage our workplace and personal work-life issues effectively. This workshop aims to create a positive awareness of the importance of work-life initiatives that will not only benefit individuals but organizations too.

Course Date: 31 October 2022
Course Fee: Below Age 50  -  $225                                          Age 50 & above - $45

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NEW Short 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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