January 31, 2023

Far East Hospitality (FEH) and Temasek Polytechnic (TP) are collaborating to build a robust local talent pipeline for Singapore’s hospitality sector with the Far More Pathways initiative, scheduled to kickstart from April 2023.

This partnership is the first of its kind between a hospitality group and an education institution.

The Far More Pathways initiative by Far East Hospitality and Temasek Polytechnic aims to address the labour shortage issues in Singapore and in the hospitality sector

Arthur Kiong, CEO of FEH and Tan Siew Kim, director of business school, TP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on November 18, committing themselves to establishing an integrated careers internship programme (ICIP) as well as a learning and development (L&D) support with a suite of continuing education and training (CET) programmes to upskill the hospitality workforce.

The initiative seeks to address the perennial labour shortage issues in Singapore and in the hospitality sector by mutually leveraging FEH and TP’s resources and capabilities to devise programmes aimed at talent attraction and retention in the sector – building a strong and stable Singapore talent core.

Kiong said: “Far More Pathways is one of our commitments as we seek to build a sustainable local talent pipeline to meet the manpower needs of the hospitality industry and, at the same time, ensure a Singaporean core is ever present in complementing today’s diverse workforce as Singapore continues to welcome talents from all across the globe.

“(The partnership) will help us grow a local pool of hotelier talents who will not only be equipped with future-ready mindset and skills, but also set on exciting career pathways, while being instilled with our standards of Singapore-inspired hospitality excellence.”

Sharing his sentiments, Peter Lam, principal & CEO, TP added: “This internship programme will help our students be better prepared to tackle future challenges and provide them with valuable training and industry exposure. This real-world experience will also enhance the students’ chances of gaining employment when they enter the workforce.”

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In addition, FEH and TP will gradually expand into other potential collaboration areas such as sponsorship of education materials, prizes, and scholarships and co-development of research projects.