Today the Straits Times has an article about this. Well, we already know that it's not unusual for our nation-building press to screw up its reporting. What's unusual is to screw up so directly, in the very first paragraphs of a newspaper article. I had a good laugh.
June 6, 2006Somehow I don't think that the Sentosa Leisure Group will be very happy to hear that one of their employees is upgrading his skills so that he can quit, emigrate and go work for one of Hawaii's marine theme parks.
Sentosa staff to be trained under new tourism skills scheme
Certification system aims to boost professionalism in local service industry
By Marcel Lee Pereira
DOLPHIN trainer Ravan Tan, 25, performs with the mammals at Sentosa's Dolphin Lagoon every day and dreams of working in one of Hawaii's marine theme parks, handling killer whales and sea lions. His dream may just come true.
All he needs to do is prove that he can handle the creatures well for his skills to be recognised under Singapore's first formal qualification system for tourism-sector workers.
Anyway, here's the rest of the article:
He is one of the 3,000 staff on Sentosa being trained under the Tourism Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) scheme developed by the Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and the industry.
Mr Tan, an O-levels holder, has already done two modules - on feeding and handling the animals. He has set his sights on a diploma.
The WSQ scheme, a nationally recognised framework, will uplift the professionalism of the industry and spur workers to attain professional qualifications and so raise their productivity, said Manpower Minister Ng Eng Hen at its launch yesterday.
He added: 'Even if they have somehow missed out on formal education, or need to change industry because of economic restructuring, the pathways to acquire new skills and find new jobs will be there.'
Sentosa has counted itself in on the scheme, which will help raise service standards as part of its $8-billion revamp to woo eight million visitors by 2010.
Sentosa Leisure Group chief executive Darrell Metzger said: 'We need a system that helps guarantee some consistency in our standards.'