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CoE SkillsFuture Work-Study Degrees (WSDegs)

The Committee on the Future Economy has recommended the introduction of new modalities of education and training at the Institutes of Higher Learning as there are tangible benefits for students to be exposed to on-the-job training (OJT).
 
The College of Engineering's (CoE) SkillsFuture Work-Study Degrees (WSDegs) are purposed to enhance students’ readiness for the workplace after graduation by integrating institution-based learning with structured OJT in partnership with companies. Students benefit from greater exposure to the professional work environment, allowing them to learn on the job, develop soft skills and cultivate an understanding of real-world practices through multiple internships, culminating in an industry-sponsored final year project (ISFYP).
 
 
  
PROGRAMME OPTIONS

CoE currently offers the following WSDegs:
      
1)  Bachelor of Engineering (Materials Engineering)


  
PROGRAMME STRUCTURE 

CoE’s WSDegs comprise approximately 80 weeks of OJT integrated into the 4-year undergraduate curriculum. The OJT components include:

        
Work Term 1: PA1 (10 weeks in Year 2 Special Semester from May to July)
         Work Term 2: PA2 (10 weeks in Year 3 Special Semester from May to July)
         Final Year Project (Industry-Sponsored): (40 weeks from Year 3 Semester 2 to Year 4 Semester 1)
         Work Term 3: PI (20 weeks in Year 4 from December to the following May)

Students can choose to stay with the same company for all work terms and ISFYP (recommended) or select a different company for each work term. Note that PA2 and ISFYP will need to be with the same company.

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  CW - Coursework
  ISFYP - Industry-Sponsored Final Year Project (8AU)
  PA - Professional Attachment (10 weeks; 5AU*)
  PI - Professional Internship (20 weeks; 10AU)
  OJT - On-the-Job Training

  * The AU for the 2 PA will be drawn from students' Unrestricted Electives (UE). Interested students should plan their 
  * studies accordingly to free up 10AU of UE for the 2 PA.




HOW TO APPLY

Students will be invited to apply in Year 2 Semester 1 via email.



TUITION FEES

The tuition fees for the WSDegs are pegged to the fees for the corresponding Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Science programmes. For more information, please see here
  

 
 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

 
For Students
 
 
1.    What is a Work-Study Degree?
  
The Committee on the Future Economy recommended the introduction of new modalities of education and training at the Institutes of Higher Learning as there were tangible benefits for students to be exposed to on-the-job training (OJT).
 
The College of Engineering's (CoE) SkillsFuture Work-Study Degrees (WSDegs) are purposed to enhance students’ readiness for the workplace after graduation by integrating institution-based learning with structured OJT in partnership with companies.
 
While strengthening the partnership between CoE and industry leaders in shaping the next generation of professionals, students benefit from greater exposures to the professional work environment, allowing them to learn on the job, develop soft skills and cultivate an understanding of real-world practices through multiple internships culminating in an industry-sponsored final year project (ISFYP). 

 
2.    What is the structure of the WSDegs?
 
CoE’s WSDegs comprise approximately 80 weeks of OJT integrated into the 4-year undergraduate curriculum. Please refer to Programme Structure above.
 
 
3.    What programmes are applicable?
 
CoE currently offers the following WSDegs:
 
1) Bachelor of Engineering (Materials Engineering)
2) Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Design Stream)
3) Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
4) Bachelor of Science (Maritime Studies)
 
More programmes may be added to the list in due course.
  

4.    What are the benefits of the WSDegs to participating students?
 
        Students as trainees can acquire work-relevant skills and vital work experience through learning and application of relevant competencies at the workplace.
        Students are being prepared to be work-ready after graduation.
        Students gain early exposure to a company’s working environment and culture, resulting in better chance of full-time employment upon graduation.
  

5.    How can students apply for the WSDegs?
 
Students will be invited to apply in Year 2 Semester 1 via email. This is timed ahead of the first OJT component, a 10-week Professional Attachment (PA1), which will take place during the special semester of Year 2.   
 
 
6.    Can students choose which host company to join for the OJT?
 
Yes, students can select companies to join for their OJT. However, final placement is decided by companies on a competitive basis.

 
7.    Can students take up the OJT (PA, ISFYP and PI) non-consecutively at various points in their candidature?
 
No, students must complete the WSDeg based on the recommended study plan to ensure that they will complete their degree requirements and graduate on time. Upon enrolment into the WSDeg, students are to plan their studies and activities (e.g. overseas exchange) carefully to ensure that the OJT work-terms will not be disrupted.
 
  
8.    What happens if students are unable to complete their coursework on time?
 
Students are required to plan their academic workload from Year 1 to ensure that they are on track to complete their coursework before participating in the WSDeg. If students are compelled to overload their coursework because of failing a course, they may be asked to exit the WSDeg.
 
 
9.    Can students withdraw from the WSDeg after they have registered?
 
Students have to decide carefully if they wish to embark on the WSDeg. Students on WSDeg are encouraged to stay committed to the programme. 
  
 
10.  If offered a job by the company after the OJT, is it mandatory for students to accept the job offer?
 
No, students should exercise their discretion to make informed career decisions.
 
  
11.  Can international undergraduates participate in the WSDeg?
 
Yes, international students are eligible to apply.

 

For Companies
    

1.    What is a Work-Study Degree?
 
The Committee on the Future Economy recommended the introduction of new modalities of education and training at the Institutes of Higher Learning as there were tangible benefits for students to be exposed to on-the-job training (OJT).
 
The College of Engineering's (CoE) SkillsFuture Work-Study Degrees (WSDegs) are purposed to enhance students’ readiness for the engineering workforce after graduation by integrating institution-based learning with structured OJT in partnership with companies through internships and industry-sponsored final year projects (ISFYP).
 
WSDegs strengthen the partnership between CoE and industry leaders in shaping the next generation of professionals. Students benefit from greater exposure to the professional work environment, allowing them to learn on the job, develop soft skills and cultivate an understanding of real-world practices. Companies benefit from a steady supply of skills- and career-minded students. They will be able to gain early access to talents in CoE and groom them over time. 

 
2.    What is the structure of the WSDeg?
 
CoE’s WSDegs comprise a total of 80 weeks of OJT integrated into the 4-year undergraduate curriculum. Please refer to Programme Structure above.
 
  

3.    What programmes are applicable?
 
CoE currently offers the following WSDegs: 

1) Bachelor of Engineering (Materials Engineering)
2) Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Design Stream)
3) Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
4) Bachelor of Science (Maritime Studies)
 
  
4.    What are the benefits of the WSDegs to participating companies?
 
         Host companies gain a contributor while the trainee is still studying.
         It provides an early opportunity to recruit, assess and groom suitable talent.
         The OJT ensures relevance of training specific to company’s needs and culture.
         It improves retention by fulfilling the trainee’s upgrading aspirations.
 
  
5.    How can industry partners participate in the WSDegs?
 
Companies who would like to participate in the WSDegs can register their interest with the NTU Career and Attachment Office (CAO). As participation in the WSDegs require commitment over time, companies will be required to sign an agreement with NTU.
 
 
6.    What is expected of WSDeg host companies?
 
The broad expectations are:
         Provide OJT for students in a safe environment and assess their capabilities for potential employment in the company upon their graduation.
         Assign a suitable supervisor(s) in the company to provide guidance to student(s).
         Provide an examinable Final Year Project topic.
         Assess students’ work-term performance based on the assessment scheme provided by NTU.
 
Detailed internship provision terms are available for reference upon request.
 
  
7.    Can host companies select the students for OJT?
 
Host companies can select students based on their respective hiring practices. They are also encouraged to conduct interviews to shortlist and finalise their selection of student(s) they deem suitable to bring on board for the OJT.
  
 
8.    Must host companies take the same student for all their OJT terms?
 
We encourage companies to use WSDegs as a talent development pipeline. As such, having the same student attached to the same company for all their OJT terms will serve the vital purpose of grooming, developing and assimilating the student into the organisation culture towards eventual full-time employment with the company. Companies with different recruitment strategies may choose to take in different students at different OJT periods.
 
  
9.    By when should the host company confirm students’ placement for OJT?
 
The first academic semester of each academic year will be targeted for engagement between students and companies; i.e. company visits; interviews, etc. Prior to this, companies will submit their interest to participate in the WSDegs to the NTU Career and Attachment Office (CAO).
   
 
10.    What are the timelines and key events of the WSDegs in a given academic year? 
 
See above. 
 
 
11.    Is it mandatory to provide remuneration to students?
 
Companies are still required to provide the regular internship allowance to students attached to their organisation for internships. However, remuneration is not mandatory when the student is pursuing ISFYP.

 
12.  What happens when the company decides to withdraw from the WSDeg?
 
We strongly discourage the host company from withdrawing from the WSDeg once a student’s placement has been confirmed.
 
  
13.  Is it mandatory for the host company to hire students after the OJT is completed?
 
We strongly encourage companies to use the WSDeg as a talent development pipeline for their fresh graduate recruitment. However, participating in the WSDeg does not mandate companies to employ the students upon their graduation.



INFORMATION & ENQUIRIES

For students 
   

Work-Study Degrees ​Contact
Bachelor of Engineering (Materials Engineering) Ms ​Joy Camille R Atienza
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Design Stream) Mr Tan Wei Zhe
Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Ms Evenlina Tay
Bachelor of Science (Maritime Studies) Mrs Lee-Chua Lee Hong


For Companies 
      
Ms Sabrina Chew
Assistant Director
Career & Attachment Office
DID: 6904 7288
 
 
FURTHER REFERENCE
 
For more information on SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree Programmes, please see: 
www.skillsfuture.sg/wsdeg.


 

Information is accurate at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to update any of the programme options and curricula without prior notice and obligation.