In 2017, we saw around 13,000 students graduate from ITE. But what’s after graduation for these students? Though some are able to land a job after much searching, it is often a struggle to in the job for long much less reach the top of the management funnel. How can help them overcome these challenges and enable them to thrive?

Join us for our Educators’ Engagement happening on Friday, 19 July 2019 as we explore what top hirers of ITE graduates are looking for and how we can leverage on what we have to build key competencies needed for our students to thrive in the working world.

Through an interactive panel and open Q&A, hear from established industry experts on:

  • What they look for in the people they hire
  • How to use existing platforms to maximise hiring potential
  • How can you facilitate these moments in the classroom to build these invaluable character, mindsets and skillsets


Derick Ooi

Human Resources Manager
Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore

As the Human Resources Manager of Hotel Jen Gateway Singapore, Derick Ooi is involved in the full spectrum of the HR function. He has a strong training background and is well-versed in managing training functions for pre-opening hotels and is fully ACTA certified.

Prior to joining Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore, Derick worked in the hospitality industry and was trained as a Food and Beverage Professional. Derrick has been on the winning team for Employer of Choice Silver Award for HRD Magazine for 3 consecutive years since 2015 and nominated as HRD Hot list in 2015.

Hosea Lai

Head of Social Impact APAC

In Hosea’s role as the Head of Social Impact (APAC) at LinkedIn, he inspires people to provide opportunities without biases. He helps underrepresented communities gain access to networks and potential opportunities.

Before joining LinkedIn, Hosea worked in both the public and the people sector. He was the Director of Volunteerism Division at National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre and held multiple portfolios at Habitat for Humanity International, including overseeing the post-earthquake recovery project in Sichuan.

Sally Sim

Director of Business Excellence & Talent Development
Royal T Group

As a Director of Business Excellence & Talent Development, Sally is adept at approaching organisation-wide challenges to deliver effective solutions and driving workforce development.

Her latest achievement as a SkillsFuture SME Mentor (appointed by Enterprise Singapore) was about bringing improvements in the SME environment, through upgrading the skills of the workforce and helping SMEs enhance their Learning and Development capability. Sally is equipped with 20 years of experience in Financial, HR and Procurement management, having worked in established entities across the region for different industries including integrated resorts, private membership clubs, hotels and F&B.

Vanessa Yap

Training & Development Executive
Halogen Foundation Singapore

As a Training & Development Executive, Vanessa oversees the engagement and development of interns and volunteers – developing and teaching the curriculum, and building youth leaders in their character and competency within their sphere of influence.

A graduate from ITE Nitec in Service (Tourism) in 2007, Vanessa has since graduated from Murdoch University and now focuses on bringing across confidence, character, and skills in various institutions and organisations, especially to the underserved communities.


Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

It’s important to build 21st Century competencies beyond academic achievements among our youth. Skills such as critical thinking, analytical thinking and resilience are key in helping them navigate through future endeavours.