VI. In­dus­try Part­ner­ship Award

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In May 2017, Em­ploy­ment and Em­ploy­a­bil­ity In­sti­tute (e2i) inked a Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing with Nanyang Polytech­nic (NYP) and As­so­ci­a­tion of Bar­tenders and Som­me­liers (ABSS) to de­velop deep com­pe­ten­cies and help raise the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of stu­dents and adult learn­ers within the F&B in­dus­try. One of the key de­liv­er­ables of this col­lab­o­ra­tion was to set up a bev­er­age lab in NYP to pro­vide bev­er­age train­ing and re­search op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents, adult learn­ers, academia and the in­dus­try. NYP, ABSS and e2i jointly en­gaged the in­dus­try to de­velop NYP as a Cen­tre of In­no­va­tion in bev­er­age train­ing. This in­cluded devel­op­ing in­dus­try part­ner­ships to pro­vide vo­ca­tional ex­per­tise and feed­back to­wards the set-up of the train­ing facil­lity in NYP, as well as the joint de­vel­op­ment and build­ing of the course cur­ricu­lum to en­sure its rel­e­vance and smooth de­liv­ery.

School of Cof­fee, sup­ported by Kaf­fee Kul­tur, is an ex­am­ple of in­dus­try part­ners com­ing to­gether for this col­lab­o­ra­tion. The home­grown ar­ti­sanal cof­fee roast­ing com­pany aims to ed­u­cate in­di­vid­u­als who are cu­ri­ous about cof­fee through gourmet cof­fee ap­pre­ci­a­tion work­shops and cof­fee barista classes. It there­fore lent its ex­per­tise in cus­tomis­ing pro­pri­etary cof­fee blends to the project.

On 8 June 2018, the brand-new NYP bev­er­age train­ing lab named The Liq­uid Room was of­fi­cially launched. A ded­i­cated space to nur­ture the mixol­o­gists, tea and wine som­me­liers, and baris­tas of to­mor­row, The Liq­uid Room pro­vides much-needed fa­cil­i­ties for learn­ers to de­velop their in­ter­est in F&B and cul­ti­vate their spirit of life-long learn­ing.

In recog­ni­tion of this initiative, the e2i In­dus­try Part­ner­ship Award 2018 is awarded to NYP, ABSS and School of Cof­fee in recog­ni­tion of their com­mit­ment to train­ing and devel­op­ing Sin­ga­pore's tal­ents and work­force.

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