Retire or Rehire: Learning from the Singapore Story

  • James Yonghwee Lim
Part of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (TVET, volume 19)


Singapore’s population is aging. Retirement age is extended, and reemployment legislation has been introduced to extend the working lives of the Singapore population. To that end, several government agencies have offered a wide range of job-related skills training for many of these older adults. Beyond that, on the national level, one of the strategic thrusts in responding to the challenge of a graying population is to promote active aging by active learning, promoting lifelong adult learning for older adults in their retirement so that they may lead an active retired life – which in turn allows them to contribute back to society. This is the prevailing view in Singapore which tells only one aspect of the story.

This chapter tells another side of the story by proposing that retirees in Singapore may have their own realities in the golden years. These older adults are interested in learning but not job-related skills training. Consequently, there are learning implications between what they want to learn versus what is being offered in “re-hire-ment.”


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  1. 1.Independent ConsultantArrow ElectronicsChai CheeSingapore

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