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HTLF 2016 – Creating Opportunities to Innovate and Inspire Advances in Training Methodology
The inaugural Home Team Learning Festival (HTLF) was conducted at the Home Team Academy

The Home Team Academy (HTA) launched its inaugural Home Team Learning Festival on 30 August 2016. A series of workshops held over two days aimed to enhance learning and the competencies of Home Team officers by increasing Home Team trainers awareness and knowledge on effective training and learning skills.

Launched by Mr Loh Ngai Seng, Second Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Home Affairs, the festival also featured an exhibition that showcased emerging teaching technologies and methodologies. The various Home Team departments and their strategic partners also took the opportunity to showcase their innovations, training pedagogies and capabilities.

 An attendee tries out the Microsoft Hololens, a collaborative tool that uses mixed reality with virtual simulation for enhanced and safe training. PHOTO: Desmond Ang

“The Home Team is undergoing tremendous transformation to meet the challenges of the future. The key to successful transformation is our officers’ ability to adapt and work in new and better ways,” Mr Loh said during the commencement of the workshop.

He added that the launch of the Home Team Centre for Leadership at the HTA a month ago further enhances the leadership development of Home Team officers.

“The Home Team must also leverage the knowledge and capabilities that are already out there in the marketplace to progress in this training and learning transformation journey,” Mr Loh added.

Mr T. Raja Kumar (second from left), Chief Executive of Home Team Academy, joins attendees during a demonstration at the Home Team Learning Festival. PHOTO: Desmond Ang

The Home Team Training Excellence Awards (HT TraX) was also introduced during the festival and training awards were presented to its pioneer batch of award recipients. The HT TraX Awards were introduced by HTA to instill a continuous learning mindset for Home Team trainers and training units and encourage them to explore new and innovative methodologies to improve on existing programmes.

Inspector Sutarsan s/o Jaganathan from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) was awarded the Home Team Trainer of the Year Award (Champion), which includes an all-inclusive sponsorship for a professional development programme either locally or overseas.

The 55-year-old, who had spent the last 35 years with the service, is a trainer on search techniques for vehicles, personnel and cargoes coming across borders.

A firm believer that subject knowledge should be a top priority to trainers, Inspector Sutarsan actively attends trainer courses with the Institute of Adult Learning in Singapore and is always on the lookout for courses relevant to his subject matter.

 Inspector Sutarsan (right) receives his HT Trax Award from Mr Loh Ngai Seng, Second Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Home Affairs, during the launch of the Home Team Learning Festival. PHOTO: Desmond Ang

“We cannot just simply read from books. Trainers should have enough knowledge and experience from that particular field… We should also consider different methods when delivering a class,” he added.

Inspector Sutarsan also ensured he never sits during his classes.

“I move around and engage my participants, make them involved, and ask them to role-play. This is very important,” he added.

The HT TraX awards were presented to six individual award recipients; five Individual (Merit) Awards and one Individual (Champion) Award. Two team recipients had also been selected this year for the Outstanding Home Team Training Unit of the Year Award.

Trainers from the Civil Defence Academy/Singapore Civil Defence Force International Urban Search and Rescue Course, as well as the Training Command/Singapore Police Force SGSecure (Community Guardian) were presented with sponsorships this year.

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  1. by Desmond Ang
  2. 31 August 2016
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