“Training enhances productivity. Well-trained employees are more capable and willing to assume more control over their jobs. With less supervision, this would free senior management for other tasks”.
In a speech at the Memorandum of Understanding signing between Eduquest International Singapore and Exponential on Thursday 28 April 2011, the British High Commissioner to Singapore, His Excellency Mr Antony John Phillipson, who was the Guest-of-Honour (GOH), extended his congratulations to both companies and wished them a fruitful and prosperous relationship in the years ahead.
The MoU signing marked Mr Phillipson’s first official engagement as the British High Commissioner to Singapore, having presented his credentials earlier in the day to Singapore President S R Nathan.
Highlighting the importance of managerial training in his address, Mr Phillipson said “Any business, regardless of size, will rely on its managerial staff to serve as a solid foundation for the business to improve and grow. Training helps managers feel prepared to handle their day-to-day responsibilities in ways that minimise risk to the company while improving relationships at the workplace.”
Expressing his delight, Mr Phillipson, remarked that the MoU signing was very appropriate because in the three weeks that he had been in Singapore, he was struck by the potential for partnership between UK and Singapore in the field of education and professional training.
“I have already met the President of NUS, chief executives of ASTAR and the National Research Foundation, and had the pleasure to host a reception at my Residence for the visiting vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. On Monday this week I witnessed another important partnership ceremony, between the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal College of Music in London. The fact that the Prime Minister was also there was testament to its significance.
He added that the MoU signing and the other events had two themes in common: “First, the intense focus in Singapore on economic progress and development. And at the heart of that is a focus on productivity.
The Singapore Government has indicated that productivity improvement is one of its key priorities for 2011. In the budget, it enhanced the Productivity and Innovation Credit to further encourage companies to invest in activities that foster productivity and innovation, of which Training of Employees is a key strand.”
“The second common theme” he added “ is the broad recognition of the UK’s outstanding reputation for excellence in education and skills – from the development and export of educational equipment, resources, technology and software to sustainable education, corporate training and further and higher education.”
He concluded, “… it is self evident that when you can bring together these two themes – the ambition to develop and increase productivity through top class training on the one hand, and a source of world class training on the other, there is the potential for a genuinely exciting and mutually beneficial partnership.” “And now we see the latest manifestation of that potential.”
British High Commissioner to Singapore witnesses MoU Signing between Eduquest International Singapore and Exponential Training & Assessment Ltd, UK