There has been much international effort to improve or transform Vocational and Technical Education (VTE). However, the outcomes often remain elusive. VTE continues to be largely shunned by society as a sector of education for low-achievers and academic failures.A Breakthrough in VTE: The Singapore Story shares the Singapore experience that was made possible through strategic planning, organisational excellence, innovation and ingenuity. It is a compelling story of how the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) began to transform lives and change its image over a period of fifteen years (1992-2007). This book, based on a first-hand CEO account, vividly captures the sort of leadership, policy choices, fundamental principles and capabilities in the journey of transformation. The details of the 'what, when, how and why' are a valuable guide for leaders and practitioners in building quality and sustainable VTE systems which are responsive to social and economic needs.
The Early Beginnings: Historical Perspectives; Dynamics and Challenges; Aligning Education with Economic Development; Vocational Training under the former VITB; Journey of Transformation: Move Towards Organisational Excellence; The Three Waves of Transformation; Strategic Planning Makes a Difference; Changing the Image; ITE: A World-Class Educational Institution; Implications for Developing Countries: Some Lessons on Building Quality and Sustainability; Concluding Reflections; List of Abbreviations; References; Appendix A; Index;