SFIC launches new specialist diploma to power up furniture industry

Mr Albert Lim (left), Director of Nanyang Polytechnic’s School of Design and Mr Jake Tan, Chairman of SFIC Institute, mark the start of a joint specialist diploma programme. Image: Nanyang Polytechnic

A new specialist diploma course jointly launched by the Singapore Furniture Industries Council Institute and Nanyang Polytechnic will boost Singapore’s furniture industry with future-ready and qualified manpower.

“The launch of this course is part of SFIC’s new initiatives to help the furniture industry be more productive, more innovative and more manpower-smart. It is part of our capabilities-building road map, which will help to identify future markets, and develop capabilities to tap new technologies and materials to grow the industry’s revenues and raise professional standards,” said Jake Tan, chairman of SFIC Institute, the Council’s training arm.

Under the SkillsFuture Earn & Learn Programme (ELP), those taking up the course will be eligible for course fee subsidies of up to 90 per cent of the total course fees. Participants of this course will receive the NYP Specialist Diploma in Design & Make.

This is the first time a polytechnic is co-developing and co-delivering an ELP with a trade association.

Albert Lim, director of Nanyang Polytechnic’s School of Design, said, “This is very significant because the trade association is focused on attracting young talents for the growth and future of the industry. So the joint programme perfectly fits the growth strategy for the entire sector.”

The 300-hour course, which will commence in September, will help participants gain in-depth knowledge about furniture and furnishing design. Participants will also hone skills in client management, business development and marketing through on-the-job training.

Jay Chiu, founder and CEO of Grandwork Interior Pte Ltd and one of the participating employers for the programme, said, “Such specialist diploma courses attract more people into the industry and train design professionals to have a sound business mind on their creative shoulders. They will be more industry-ready and hence, contribute more positively to employers like us.”

The Singapore furniture industry has a global footprint in over 80 countries and generates revenues of over S$6 Bn annually.