Moving from an instructor-centric to a more student-centric approach, there will be more options in the learning programme to give SMEs more flexibility in choosing the education programme that is most suited to their needs.
Called e-Growing Enterprise Net-enabling (e-Gen) education, this collaboration between HP and PSB will give an added boost to Singapore's SME 21 plan which seeks to promote the use of IT and e-commerce among SMEs.
According to Mr Loh Kok Choy, PSB's divisional director of the local enterprise division, e-enablement is defined as "the capability to conduct transactions over the Internet" and that merely putting up a website with a catalog is not enough.
In line with PSB's aim of e-enabling one in three SMEs by the year 2003, a foundation programme has been designed to build an awareness of IT and its benefits to an organization among SMEs who have yet to e-enable themselves. This is a half day interactive seminar meant for CEOs and senior executives and is slated to be conducted on the 13th of December.
The next level involves three options:
The course fee is S$1,600 and applicants are expected to complete the course within 6-7 weeks.
The course fee is S$1,500 and participants are expected to complete the course within 8 weeks. The individual training pacs are priced at S$100 per pac.
More information about the courses available can be found at these sites http://www.psb.gov.sg and http://www.hp.com.sg/hpeducation.
This programme is supported by the Skills Development Fund (SDF) which will support up to 80% of the course fee under its Critical Skills Programme. In addition, SMEs planning to start e-commerce projects can seek help from PSB's Local Enterprise Technical Assistance Scheme (Letas) to help defray their costs.