The IAL Research Division aims to provide a strong knowledge base for the development of practice in CET. It seeks to ensure that the development of policy is informed by research and up-to-date knowledge of international and local best practices.

The division also enables research in Singapore by facilitating projects and building research capability amongst practitioners. It also serves as a conduit for funding and commissioning research in the CET sector. Through practitioner engagement and partnerships, it works to build a vibrant research culture.

Our research units, (1) Work & Learning and (2) Skills, Performance & Productivity, focus research efforts within specific areas of national interest.

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Work and Learning

The Work and Learning (WL) unit in IAL's research division advances a holistic understanding of individual and enterprise capability development and responses amidst dynamically changing context by focusing its research on the relationships between work, learning and labour markets. With this focus, WL employs an inter-disciplinary approach, as well as a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods to inform policy and practice. 

Our efforts to translate research to address real life challenges include supporting innovative approaches to workforce development, and deepening engagement with partners, policy and research communities. Our research supports efforts to empower individuals to develop their fullest potential throughout life. 


Skills, Performance and Productivity 

The Skills, Performance and Productivity (SPP) unit is part of IAL's research division. SPP specialises in skills research in relation to workplace performance and productivity. The approach is interdisciplinary, employing both quantitative and qualitative research techniques. 

It focuses on the impact of skills at work, and the implications of this for policy and practice in CET. In particular, research will be directed to examining the role of skills in enterprises and the relationships between skills and a wide range of desirable workplace outcomes. These outcomes include productivity, innovation, learning, skills retention and the use of qualifications.

Skills utilisation is an important element within this research cluster, as skills utilisation provides a crucial link between skills and many workplace performance outcomes. Another focus of research is to examine the impact of CET’s skills provision on the Singaporean workforce.