Lifelong Learning

Masyitah Hasunah graduated from SP’s Diploma in Chemical Engineering (DCHE) with a GPA of 3.4. With her grades, she could have gone on to do a relevant degree programme at most universities. However, Masyitah decided to take up the first-ever Earn and Learn Programme (ELP) for the Energy and Chemicals sector.

Masyitah, an alumna of Changkat Changi Secondary School, firmly believes that there are many pathways to success and one can always embark on a degree programme at any time. Inspired by her parents working in the oil and gas industry, Masyitah would often hear stories about their work.

As one of the first participants in the ELP, Masyitah has been able to build upon the knowledge and skills that she has gained from her diploma course. Taking up the ELP over going for a degree has never been a regret for her.

Masyitah now works as a Process Technician at Shell, and feels that the ELP has already helped her gain a better understanding of the industry. Upon completion of the programme, Masyitah will be awarded an Advanced Diploma in Chemical Engineering, which will provide her with better opportunities to further her studies.

The National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singapore Institute of Technology-Newcastle University (SIT) allow exemptions for certain modules in related degree programmes (subject to certain requirements), making it easier for graduates of this ELP to master their skill sets.

Shanice Lim has always been interested in food business, and while she was pursuing her Diploma in Food Science and Technology (DFST) she discovered that food science is not limited to creating new food products. So when Shanice first heard about the Advanced Diploma in Applied Food Science through an Earn and Learn Programme (ELP), she did not think twice about signing up as this would be a chance to hone her skills before entering university.

As part of the ELP, Shanice was an intern as a management trainee at Mr Bean where she assisted Research & Development executives in food product development. To create new food products, Shanice conducts experiments and sensory evaluations by providing samples to potential consumers.

In the past few months, Shanice has learnt how to skillfully make the pancakes that are sold in-store! And that’s not all, she also carried out tests on beans and found out that different types of beans produce different taste profiles in soy bean milk. Shanice had to grind and soak the beans, squeeze the milk out and steam it herself – which were all new to her!

Through this programme, Shanice has not only learnt more about the science behind food manufacturing, she has also gained a wider perspective about the entire process of food product development. Her foray into the food business industry has taught her the importance of business aspects, such as marketing and packaging, as well. As a result of her excellent performance, Shanice was offered a permanent position for the same role earlier this year, which she accepted!

1 Shanice is heating up soymilk for a taste profile evaluation to decide if this batch of beans is usable.
2 This is one batch of soymilk which has been made into beancurd (right).
3 Soy milk to be evaluated for its taste.

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