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Empower Yourself with Adaptive Work Skills and Attributes

To succeed in today’s rapidly changing work environment, we need to constantly acquire new knowledge, adaptive skills and attributes.
Upskill and reskill yourself with SPEC professional short courses designed to help PMETs, Self-Employed/Freelancers across various sectors to enhance employability and competitiveness to stay 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

Businessmen

RMC Management Consulting Course

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

Equips you with the knowledge and skills in Professional Management Consulting methodologies and practices, relevant to achieve Registered Management Consultant (RMC) exam and certification. Helpful for PMEs who want to improve their diagnostic and analytical skills to enhance work performance in organisations.

Course Dates: 24 to 26 November 2021 (3 days)

Course Fee: $2000                                 

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The Certified Facilitator

​- Based on R&A Serfi 369 © System
Offer in partnership with STADA (Singapore Training & Development Association) 

A unique certification program that handholds you from a novice/aspiring trainer through a 5-level certification process. This Level 1 course provides a comprehensive coverage using a variety of concepts and techniques, along with a fully ready-to-use starter-kit and post course consultation with a industry mentor.

Course Dates: 29; 30 Nov & 1 Dec 2021 (3 days)

Course Fee: $1500

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Attitude is Everything® (AIE)

Offer in partnership with Leadership Management International Singapore

Designed to develop individual full potential by cultivating the necessary mindset, attitude and habit that can be applied in workplace for excellence performance. Helps individuals to be self-motivated, self-belief and develop positive expectancy in themselves so as to achieve the highest level of personal performance.

Course Dates: TBA (4 days)

Course Fee: $2000

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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:- 22 November 2021 (Mandarin)
                      - 23 November 2021 (English)

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: 28 November 2021

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: 17 December 2021

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

Organizing Data

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: 18 & 19 November 2021 <Online>

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

Pensive Freelancer

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. It is ideally suited for a team working remotely to attend together and use this as a platform to improve their alignment and productivity so as to continue to deliver superior organisational results. The skills acquired will enable seniors to improve social interactions, and may help improve work performance for working seniors.

Course Date: 29 December 2021 <Online>

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

In Negotiation

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: 19 January 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: 14 January 2022

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

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Solving Performance Problems -

Coaching and Counselling

Performance Management is about motivating individuals to improve their performance and value-add to the team. The key is about getting results by understanding people's behaviours and what matters to them. It is about gaining individuals' acceptance of goals and standards. Learn how to effectively convey "What is to be achieved and what is in for me" and "How can I contribute and how it is to be achieved". Acquiring these skills will help seniors to enhance their work performance as well as improve social interaction.

Course Date: 21 January 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: 10 December 2021

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

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C3A Mental Well-being Curriculum – Riding the Waves of Change Smiling

Discover how you can strengthen your mental resilience and well-being, which are important factors of successful ageing. Join us to learn about mental well-being and the common issues affecting it. In our daily lives, we may face stressors which affect our ability to experience life in a positive manner and could increase our vulnerability to mental health difficulties. Through experiential learning, this course will help you pick up practical tips to enhance and maintain your mental well-being.

Course Date: 5 January 2022

Course Fee: Below Age 50  -  $100
                      Age 50 & above - $20

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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: 4 January 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 more employment opportunities by having a planned approach to fulfil your aspirations. Enable you with a roadmap to chart your career planning and development instead of leaving it to chance, circumstance or to organisations that engage you. 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: 3 December 2021

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

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Balancing Priorities to Manage Tasks, Deadlines and Expectations Efficiently

Enhance your ability to maximize outcomes and outputs within today’s competitive environment where we often faced with urgent deadlines, expectations to meet, working with new technologies and conflicting tasks to complete. You will better understand the relation between performance and productivity and its importance for work life balance and stress management.

Course Date: 28 December 2021

Course Fee: $225

Financial Report

Fundamentals of Business Budgeting

Designed to help new business owners and those responsible to set and manage budgets but do not have the expertise or this specific financial training. It will also benefit those who want to be efficient and cost effective in their work. Learn to apply the fundamentals of finance to improve budget management, to increase potential profits, monitor costs and manage resources. Adopt different ways of assembling a budget and be guided through the budgeting process with hands-on exercises and how to avoid the common pitfalls.

Course Date: 6 January 2022

Course Fee: $225

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Managing Multi-Stakeholder Conflicts
– Make Conflict Work for You!

Learn how to pragmatically manage conflicting and often competing needs of different stakeholders. Be aware of the range of skills pertinent to conflict management. Be able to distinguish between behaviors that are detrimental to conflict resolution and those that are helpful in managing conflict. Explore ways in which you can help yourself and others to approach conflict in a more productive way.

Course Date: 15 December 2021

Course Fee: $225

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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: 13 December 2021

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

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Managing Termination, Retirement and Re-employment

Termination, Retirement and Re-employment are now contemporary topics and issues that need critical attention in today’s dynamic industry and context. Employees terminate, retire and are reemployed almost on a daily basis by organisations in Singapore. Managers need to know their obligations to stakeholders and avoid being caught in an unfavourable situation, while employees should also know their rights when terminating, retiring and seeking re-employment.

Course Date: 20 December 2021

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

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Essential Workforce Planning Strategies for SMEs

Understand the strategic workforce planning process and its importance and appreciate how it is linked with business planning. Be aware of the work environment that we are in and how technology is affecting our workplaces. Learn to align the needs and priorities of organization with those of its workforce to ensure it can efficiently support organisation’s business growth and meet organizational objectives.

Course Date: 26 January 2022

Course Fee: $225

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Power Up Your Presentation Skills

Cut through the Fluff! - How to pitch your ideas to a Sceptical, Critical and Time-challenged Audience

You will learn to adopt a structured and concise approach in preparing for a presentation. Learn the thought patterns that the best business communicators use to sort through the bombardment of information, so that you can collect, sort, sift and synthesize information to craft presentations that inform, impact, influence and inspire! Working seniors can acquire the skills to improve work performance. Helpful for seniors who want to expand into freelance work or be involved in volunteering activities.

Course Date: 21 December 2021

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: 6 December 2021

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

Legal Research and Writing

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 November 2021 <Online>

Course Fees: 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, methods to improve mental,  emotional, social & psychological wellness. You will takeaway ideas and suggestions on how to realize your own abilities, cope with stress and challenges, manage challenges positively, build strong relationships, engage in productive work, improve sustainability, contribute meaningfully to communities and society and enjoy life.

Course Date: 18 January 2022

Course Fee: $225

Head Massage

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: 11 January 2022

Course Fee: $225

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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: 9 December 2021

Course Fees: $225

Installing CCTV

Basic Understanding of CCTV System

Designed for those who wish to pursue career as a technician or sales engineer in the CCTV market or take up a role in the CCTV/Security industry. The course covers basic technical competency and the various technologies in the CCTV system. Also helpful for anyone who want to set up a simple CCTV system at home or at a business location. 

Course Date: 12 January 2022

Course Fee: $225

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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: 16 December 2021

Course Fee: $225

Business Owner

Jump Start Your Own Fully Functioning eCommerce Store

Ideal for business owners or any individual who desire to start an online eCommerce business. This hands-on 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: 11 December 2021

Course Fee: $225

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Develop Good Cyber Hygiene and Defend Against Cyber Attacks

Help increase your awareness of the dangers that lurk when using the internet, identify various cyber and digital risks, discover the importance of protecting digital data and learn the strategies to protect yourself and your family as well as the assets of employers and/or stakeholders you work with, by practicing good cyber hygiene habits.

Course Date: 17 January 2022

Course Fee: $225

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Overview Of Apps and Tools In the Digital Economy

Equip you with practical knowledge and skills to be self-reliant and able to manoeuvre well in the digital economy, as an independent professional armed with apps as tools rather than burden. Learn to embrace technology by knowing the trends of the digital economy, appreciate the tools and apps used in doing business and be aware of the risks related to apps and tools.

Course Date: 10 January 2022

Course Fee: $225

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Job Design and Re-Design for SMEs

This course addresses the skills and knowledge required with organization members to create and review job profiles as part of manpower planning activities. It covers models, methods and link between job design and manpower planning and how some companies have successfully design/redesign jobs. Learn best practices, identify and adopt a contextual job redesign plan that can be applied immediately to improve productivity in a diverse workforce of an organization.

Course Date: 24 January 2022

Course Fee: $225

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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