Graduates of the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) are valued members of the workforce.
Mr Frederick Goh, General Manager for Human Resource and Administration Department, Mitsubishi Electric Asia, said: "We have been hiring ITE graduates since the days when it was still under the Vocational and Industrial Training Board (VITB). We hire them as technicians for air-conditioners, refrigerators and fans. "We find ITE graduates to be hard-working and diligent."
Ms Wong Kwee Lian, Senior Director of Human Resources, Regent Singapore, said the hotel has been hiring ITE graduates for over 10 years.
She said: "We are very proud to say that some of them have remained with us since and progressed to managerial positions in our organisation. "Since ITE College West opened in 2010, our collaboration has increased and we have been hosting internships for students from the Western and Asian Culinary Arts, Pastry and Baking,
Hospitality Operations and Food and Beverage Operations courses.
"ITE graduates commonly hold positions which include guest relations officers, concierge and team leaders, captains, supervisors and even management trainees.
"We have approximately 40 ITE graduates working with us now, or 10 per cent of our total workforce, and I have no doubt that the number will increase with our intensified collaborations." Mr Goh said his organisation used to hire 10 to 12 ITE graduates in the early years and that number has now increased to over 30, or about 60 per cent of the workforce.