ITE students will soon have the opportunity to hone their technical and service skills at some of Singapore’s finest, award-winning park attractions – the Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, Singapore Zoo, and the upcoming River Safari.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), inked this morning, will pave the way for both parties to collaborate on environmental sustainability and conservation initiatives, such as the development of innovative technologies and solutions for conservation, and the conduct of joint community events, projects and competitions to raise awareness for the green cause.

The five-year partnership also provides for training and work opportunities at WRS’ park attractions for ITE students in hospitality, tourism, events-management and service- related courses. ITE will also work with WRS on continual learning programmes for WRS employees, through short courses, modules or enrichment programmes conducted by ITE.

Mr Bruce Poh, Director & CEO, ITE said: “At ITE, our commitment to the community and environment is encapsulated in our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Ethos. We are committed to using our resources and skills to care for the community and to build a sustainable environment. We hope to develop generations of graduates who are not only environmentally conscious but will engender practices that are environmentally friendly and sustainable at their places of work. Our partnership with WRS is invaluable in providing us with the context where our staff and students can use our skills to contribute meaningfully to a cause we fully believe in.”

Ms Fanny Lai, Group CEO, WRS, added: “One of our core objectives is to educate visitors on the importance of wildlife and conservation. This partnership with ITE will allow us to spread the message of environmental awareness beyond our parks. At the same time, we hope this collaboration will better prepare trainees for future jobs in hospitality and tourism, and ensure that our own employees continually upgrade their skills through the excellent courses provided by ITE.”