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PCICS Practicum Information for Organisations

Students embark on a work attachment with relevant organisations for a specified duration.Muis Academy works with organisations across a variety of industries to offer practicum programmes of varying duration. Join us in nurturing the next generation of Asatizah by offering internships and other practicum opportunities that enhance the learning of our students!

 

Benefits of practicum programme:

  1. Proven, cost-effective method of recruiting and evaluating potential employees
  2. Internal hires (including past interns) tend to reach their peak performance faster with less support due to familiarisation with organisational culture
  3. Interns can provide fresh perspectives and transfer new knowledge and techniques from higher education to the workplace
  4. Flexible source of quality candidates for short-term or ad hoc projects
  5. Give back to the community by nurturing the next generation of Asatizah
  6. Increased branding and visibility for the organisation among PCICS students and the Asatizah fraternity 
  7. Gateway to other potential collaborations with MUIS

If you have any enquiries, please email us at pcics@muis.gov.sg

 

About PCICS

The Postgraduate Certificate in Islam in Contemporary Societies (PCICS) is a one-year programme for returning graduates with tertiary Islamic qualifications who are applying for the Asatizah Recognition Scheme+ (ARS) Tier 1 (Graduate). The programme aims to nurture a future-ready religious graduate who is confident in interacting with diverse communities and rooted to the ethical principles of Islam. Compassionate and purpose driven, the graduate contributes to society by being resourceful and resilient in facing challenges. An advocate of lifelong learning, the graduate is also multi-skilled and a respected professional in the future economy. The inaugural programme will welcome its first cohort of students in April 2020. 

With 12 years of madrasah education in Singapore and a tertiary qualification in Islamic studies, the PCICS student has acquired basic and specialized knowledge in the Islamic field. The PCICS programme aims to professionalise the Asatizah fraternity, raise their employability, and impart a critical thinking mindset and contextualised Islamic knowledge. This is facilitated through a robust curriculum that not only covers core modules on religion and society, but also skills workshop, career coaching (resume writing, honing interview skills, imparting business etiquette), and vocational skills (social work, counselling, social services). We firmly believe the competencies of our students will prove beneficial to all organisations.

For more details, please download the PCICS prospectus here.

+Any individual who wishes to teach or preach Islam in Singapore are required to apply for an ARS license. For more information on ARS, you may refer here.

 

 

PCICS Practicum Programme

As part of the PCICS curriculum, students are required to complete a practicum during their course of study. The practicum seeks to provide participants the opportunity to acquire and develop on-the-job work-ready skills for future roles in the workforce.

If you wish to nurture the future generations of Asatizah, you may contribute by participating as an employer or organisation host for any of the practicum programmes detailed below.

 Programme Type

Description

 Module Name

Duration

Grant

 Work Exposure

Students embark on a work attachment with relevant organisations for a specified duration.

 Internship

2 to 9 months

One-off grant of $1200

 Work Experience Programme

10 to 12 months

One-off grant of $5000

 Project Work

Students will work on a freelance basis on a project based on an organisation’s need.

 Work-Based Project

2 months

Nil

 

Work Exposure 

Our PCICS students are required to undergo a work exposure stint for a minimum of 2 months during their candidature. If you are interested in welcoming our students to your organisations for a period of time, you may hosts our participants in one of the practicum programmes below.  

Features

Internship

Work Experience Programme

Duration

2 to 9 months

10 to 12 months

Grant Provided

$1200 disbursed in 2 phases:

$800 upon acceptance of student, $400 upon completion of practicum.  

$5000 disbursed in 2 phases:

$3000 upon acceptance of student, $2000 upon completion of practicum.  

Period

Internship to commence in

July 2020 OR January 2021

Between April 2020 – March 2021

OR

Between October 2020 – September 2021

Nature of work

Full time or preferably part-time (students are expected to fulfil a minimum of 20 hours of work per week).

The employer must release students to attend their PCICS lessons (conducted mostly on weeknights to minimize disruption to work hours). The employer may request official term timetable from the students to plan their schedule effectively.

Salary for participants

The employer must:

(i) Ensure that each student receives a gross salary to be paid monthly of around S$11/hour or equivalent to $1200-$1500 per month (CPF Deductible). 

(ii) Ensure payment is made via employer’s payroll system

 Role of employer
  1. design a training plan and job description
  2. offer an employment/internship contract and make payment of salary/allowance for students 
  3. assign a workplace coach – to attend training
  4. provide performance and feedback reports
  5. work closely with Muis for the assessment grading

Selection of student participants

Muis Academy will assign candidates for consideration. Employers may conduct their own selection interviews for shortlisted candidates.

Participation will be limited to selected PCICS students who meet the following criteria:

(i) Good academic performance

(ii) Have the confidence and resilience to take on the programme.

Muis Academy will assign candidates for consideration. Employers may conduct their own selection interviews for shortlisted candidates.

 

Project-Based Practicum

Aside from the work exposure programme, our students may also opt to embark on a work-based project (WBP) instead. If you have any relevant project topics and are interested to have our students, the WBP details are as such:

Features

Terms and Conditions

Project Period

Jul-Sep 2020 or Jan-Mar 2021

Duration

2 months

Nature of work

Freelance.

The project topic must be scoped to ensure it can be completed within 2 months, to be completed by mid-Sep 2020 or mid-Mar 2021.

 Role of employer
  1. assign a workplace supervisor
  2. provide participant with opportunity to conduct data collection and organize events where necessary
  3. provide feedback on the participants’ performance

Selection of participants

Muis Academy will assign candidates for consideration. Employers may conduct their own selection interviews for shortlisted candidates.

Project topic

The topic chosen must be scoped to ensure it can be completed within 2 months.

Examples of project topics

  1. Redesign curriculum/lesson plan for an IECP
  2. Research project/thesis paper based on organization host’s needs
  3. Organize donation drives/exhibitions
  4. Plan and conduct training sessions

 

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Complete the form by scanning the QR code below or follow the link here

Programme

 Practicum Period

Application Deadline

Internship

 For internship starting July 2020

Applications are now open.

Deadline: 15 May 2020 

Work-Based Project (WBP)

 For projects starting July 2020

Applications are now open.

Deadline: 15 May 2020

Work Experience Programme (WEP)

 Between Oct 2020 – Sep 2021

Applications are now open.

Deadline: 14 August 2020. 

Internship

 For internship starting January 2021

Applications are now open.

Deadline will be determined.

Work-Based Project (WBP)

 For projects starting January 2021

Applications are now open.

Deadline will be determined.

 

Timeline for applications

 

 

 

If you have any enquiries, please email us at pcics@muis.gov.sg

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is PCICS?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Islam in Contemporary Societies (PCICS) is a one-year programme for returning graduates with tertiary Islamic qualifications who are applying for the Asatizah Recognition Scheme (ARS) Tier 1 (Graduate). For more information on PCICS, you may refer to the earlier section "About PCICS" or download our prospectus here.

 

Are the students considered interns or employees?

PCICS students are considered as regular employees. Hence, CPF contributions are payable for our students. This is due to the fact that they are not under the exempted group of student employees as indicated by the CPF Board. You may refer the CPF website here for more information.

 

Do I need to provide CPF contributions to the PCICS practicum participants?

CPF contributions are payable for our PCICS practicum students. This is due to the fact that they are not under the exempted group of student employees as indicated by the CPF Board. You may refer the CPF website here for more information.

 

Will there be grants provided?

MUIS will be providing a disbursement to offset the costs of hosting PCICS students. This includes man-hours spent on mentoring the participant and other administrative costs. We hope this disbursement, in addition to the other benefits of the practicum programme, provides an incentive for organisations to host PCICS students for the practicum. The disbursement will be done in 2 phases.

A one-off grant will be provided to participating organisations.

$5000 per student for offering WEP positions, disbursed in 2 phases
  $3000 upon acceptance of student
$2000 upon completion of practicum and submission of student feedback.
$1200 per student for offering internship positions, disbursed in 2 phases
$800 upon acceptance of student
$400 upon completion of practicum and submission of student feedback.


What is the commitment required of student? What happens if the student withdraws from the practicum halfway?
Students undergoing the practicum are matriculated students of Muis Academy. They are held accountable to the Student Code of Conduct and the practicum contract/agreement. Hence necessary actions will be taken upon any student in the unfortunate rare circumstance he/she is absent from their practicum work without official leave.

In addition, the practicum component is a compulsory graded module under the PCICS curriculum. Students are required to attend and complete the practicum module, which includes assessments such as performance and feedback reports from the workplace coach. Non-completion of the practicum module or a failing grade will result in the student being unable to graduate and attain their Asatizah Recognition Scheme (ARS) License. Hence, completing the practicum would be in the best interest of the students.


Does the practicum placement involve supervision? What is expected of the supervisor and organisation host? 

In ensuring that our PCICS students have a meaningful practicum experience, and for your organisation benefit fully from the practicum programme, each student must be assigned by a workplace coach. In addition to managing the student's day to day work and providing performance and feedback reports for assessment purposes, the workplace coach assigned will be required to attend a short course in workplace coaching. This ensures that the coach is able to function effectively in managing the students. The training provided is in line with current practices of the SSG Work-Study Diploma (formerly known as the Work Study Diploma) which similarly aims to provide students with meaningful work experiences during their course of study. 

We are not institutionalising any requirements for the workplace coach. The coach should be the person who manages the student’s day to day work and provide performance and feedback reports for assessment purposes.

 

What are the assessment components of the practicum modules?

Student’s inputs:
Fortnightly or monthly reflections
Presentation to Muis Academy panel of assessors

Workplace coach:
Student performance and feedback report. Template will be provided, similar to annual performance review.


Are the students covered under any insurance?

Muis Academy will provide insurance coverage for our students. This will include:
24/7 coverage in Singapore, whilst participating in activities organised and supervised by the Policyholder. This will cover any field work the student may be required to perform as part of the practicum.
Whilst travelling directly and continuously from the Insured Person's home to the Policyholder's premises for activities, and vice versa.



How do we filter out students who have vested interest in pursuing a career in our sector?
During the application process, Muis Academy will ensure that suitable candidates will be matched with your organisation based on your stated job description and requirements. Students will be required to submit their resume and a short write-up on why they should be considered for the position.



What is the format of the practicums and expected types of work for the student? Can it be flexible to include project/event participation and administrative support?

The job portfolio of each practicum participant may be varied, depending on the nature of work and the demands of the job. During the application process, organisations may indicate the job description and the competencies required of the practicum participant. This facilitates Muis Academy in assigning a PCICS student that provides a best fit for your organisation and the specific job tasks indicated. 


We hope this programme may provide students with exposure into different working sector and fields. Should the students have vested interest to take up the job full-time, s/he may then seek to further their education with the relevant qualifications needed.


Is the PCICS programme delivered by MUIS or by its tertiary partners (NUS, SUSS, University of Jordan, and Al-Azhar University)?

The PCICS programme is administered by Muis Academy. Our partners – namely NUS, SUSS, University of Jordan, and Al-Azhar University – are offering modules as part of the PCICS curriculum. Members of each university also sit on our academic advisory committee, the Joint PCICS Academic Committee (JPAC), which functions to guide and coordinate the development of the PCICS curriculum.

 

Why should I host PCICS students in my organisations for practicum?

There are many benefits of hosting students for practicum programmes as indicated in the abstract section. Furthermore, the PCICS programme enhances their abilities, with modules and workshops catered to sharpening their skills academic writing, communication, critical thinking, and many more. 

Our students are graduates with diverse backgrounds. They possess various major and minor combinations including political science, sociology, and counselling, on top of Islamic religious knowledge. Hence, our students may be an asset to your organisation should you require students with expertise in Islamic knowledge and understands cultural sensitivities that may be faced during your work.

As employers, our decision to employ an individual goes beyond academic qualifications and grades. Soft-skills and other factors have a great impact in our decision. PCICS students have built resilience with their experience as an international student whilst pursuing their studies overseas. During their "O" Level student years, our madrasah students take up 14 subjects, above and beyond the number of subjects taken by candidates from other local schools. 

This unique experience, the versatility and resilience of our PCICS students, and the niche nature of their tertiary study, provides a truly encompassing candidate for many organisations. 

 

How long is the duration of the practicum?

The PCICS practicum programme is flexible to allow various organisations to host our students for a varied duration that meets each individual organisation’s needs. Organisations may host our PCICS students for a period of 2 months, and up to a year.