Continuing education and training is key to employability, says PM Lee
- POSTED: 06 Oct 2013 16:37
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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said continuing education and training -- well into one's career -- is key to employability.
NUSA DUA, Indonesia: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said continuing education and training -- well into one's career -- is key to employability.
He said Singapore's tertiary institutions prepare students well for the job market, but staying employable requires continuous upgrading.
Mr Lee was responding to a question about adapting innovation in terms of scaling up for students. He was speaking at a dialogue attended by 1,200 business leaders and policymakers on the sidelines of the APEC Leaders' Meeting in Bali.
Mr Lee said: "Because you graduate from school when you're 20, 25, but you're going to be working till you're 65, 70 -- maybe beyond! In 40 years, the world changes and what you learnt will have become obsolete.
"You must be able to continue to reprogramme yourself, download new firmware, reboot if necessary. And continue to be useful for a very long working career. That's what we're trying to do."