THE Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) unveiled its first "learning cafe" at Raffles Place yesterday, under its drive to promote life-long learning.
The pop-up cafe at Chevron House gave passing executives an idea of how they can learn on the go - and get a free cup of coffee while at it.
WDA staff, armed with iPads, introduced to passers-by 12 bite-sized learning modules, each about five minutes long and spanning a range of subjects - from how to make roti prata to how to pick up business Chinese for the workplace.
Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin, who toured the cafe, pledged to commit 30 hours to picking up the rudiments of digital photography from the portal, www.learnnow.sg, where the 12 modules introduced yesterday are also available.
WDA chief executive Ng Cher Pong said: "Life-long learning is an enriching and rewarding experience. By taking the first step to try out the interactive modules at the learning cafe, WDA hopes that Singaporeans can quickly discover their interest and passion for learning.
"Learning can be fun and accessed in many different ways. We hope that through the Lifelong Learning campaign, participants will continue to enrich their minds and pursue their goals and aspirations through Continuing Education and Training."
The learning cafe at Chevron House is open between 9.30am and 6pm until this Friday, to point the way to picking up a new skill and with hot coffee on tap.
Two other such pop-up cafes will open in the coming months - in Bedok in July, and in Jurong in September.
Through this initiative, the WDA wants to make the point that learning for both individuals and firms can take place any time, anywhere.