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PCICS Practicum Information for Organisations

As part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Islam in Contemporary Societies (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. Through the practicum, the students will be able to apply the competencies acquired during PCICS into the workplace context. For more details on PCICS, please download the prospectus here.

At the end of the practicum, students should be able to:

  • Apply the knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired from PCICS into the working environment
  • Demonstrate relevant 21st century competencies in workplace context
  • Exhibit a reflective and growth mindset

Join us by completing the form at the link here!

Timeline for applications:

Process

Academic Calendar 

October 2020 WEP

January 2021

Complete the Organisation Application Form

 Instructional Week 4

by 14 Aug

by 15 Nov

Muis processes applications

 Instructional Week 5

17-21 Aug

16-22 Nov

Students apply for interested positions

 Revision Week

31 Aug - 4 Sep

30 Nov - 6 Dec

Muis processes students' applications

 Examination Week

7-11 Sep

7-11 Dec

Muis informs organisations of shortlisted students

 End of Exam Week

11 Sep

11 Dec

Organisations may interview shortlisted students

 Term Break Week 1

14-18 Sep

14-20 Dec

Organisations to inform Muis of acceptance of students

 Term Break Week 2

by 27 Sep

by 27 Dec

Students commence practicum

 Start of Term 

19 Oct onwards

 18 Jan onwards

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



Read on more below to find out further information on the programme.

  1. Role of Employer
  2. Workplace Coach
  3. Duration of Programmes and Provision of Grants
  4. Assessment
  5. Job Portfolio & Working Hours
  6. Contract & Salary
  7. Workplace Safety & Well-Being
  8. Attendance & Discipline
  9. FAQs

 

1. Role of Employer

Muis Academy looks forward to working with organisations across a variety of industries to offer practicum of varying duration to our students. Join us in nurturing the next generation of asatizah by offering practicum opportunities that enhance the learning of our students!

Benefits of practicum programme:

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

As a PCICS practicum organisation host, you may expect to:

  • Submit an application which includes information such as job description and a training plan
  • Offer an employment contract and make payment of salary for students
  • Assign a workplace coach
  • Provide performance feedback report; guidelines will be provided
  • Work closely with Muis for the assessment grading

 

2. Workplace Coach

In line with the SkillsFuture standards, organisations are requested to assign a workplace coach for the student. There are no institutionalised requirements for the workplace coach. However, the workplace coach should:

  • Be the person who manages the student’s day to day work;
  • Have good knowledge of the sector/industry and the career pathways;
  • Have good interpersonal skills and able to provide performance and feedback to the students for assessment purposes.

We will be providing a guidebook and inviting the workplace coach for a briefing to outline some guidelines on how best to provide a meaningful feedback to the students at the end of the practicum.


3. Duration of Programmes and Provision of Grants

Here at PCICS, we offer a wide range of practicum duration to meet the needs of our students and employers, from 2 months up to a year.

MUIS will be providing a one-off disbursement to organisation hosts to help offset the costs of hosting PCICS students. This may include man-hours spent on mentoring the participant and other administrative costs.

To distinguish the different tiers of disbursement provided, we have divided the practicum (based on the duration) into 2 programmes below:

Features

Internship

Work Experience Programme

Duration

9 months & below

(minimum 2 months)

10 months & above

Grant Provided

$1200 disbursed in 2 phases:

$800 upon acceptance of student, $400 upon completion of practicum feedback report

$5000 disbursed in 2 phases:

$3000 upon acceptance of student, $2000 upon completion of practicum feedback report

Period

Commence in July OR January

Commence in April OR October

Selection of students

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

 

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 students for consideration. Employers may conduct their own selection interviews for shortlisted students

 Assessment Student will be assessed for one Term of work (8 weeks).    Student will be assessed for one year of work or final PCICS Term.

 

In addition to the 2 programme above, employers may also engage our students for a pro-bono project. This is suitable for organisations who are need of manpower for a short period on a freelance basis (i.e. no fixed working hours). 

Organisations may discuss a project with a student to embark on. You may provide the student with a project that meets your organisational needs. The project topic must be scoped to ensure it can be completed within 2 months. 

Examples of project topics may include:

  • organise charity events or donation drives/exhibitions
  • research project/thesis paper based on organisation's host needs
  • redesign curriculum/lesson plan for an Islamic Education Centres & Providers
  • Plan and conduct lessons on a relevant topic of student's expertise. 

Features

Work-Based Project

Duration

2 months

Period

Commence in July OR January

Selection of students

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

Assessment Student will be assessed for one Term of work (8 weeks).

 

4. Assessment

In ensuring that the students achieve the practicum learning objectives, they are required to complete the following individual assignments.

  • Reflection Entries (30%)
  • Presentation (30%)
  • Workplace Coach Practicum Feedback Report (40%)

The different assignments are aimed at enhancing work-ready skills and helps us determine the student’s application and demonstration of competencies acquired from PCICS into the working environment.

The workplace coach plays an important role in helping us achieve the practicum objectives by filling up the Practicum Feedback Report.


5. Job Portfolio & Working Hours

The job portfolio of each practicum participant may be varied, depending on the nature of work and the demands of the job. We hope this programme may provide students with exposure into different working sectors and fields. We are not restrictive in the types of jobs and work tasks to be given to the students. The work should be meaningful so as to provide opportunities for the students to apply and demonstrate the competencies they acquired from PCICS.

Depending on the nature of work, you may offer full-time or, preferably, part-time positions. Students are expected to fulfil a minimum of 20 hours of work per week. The organisation host 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.

 

6. Contract & Salary

For internship and Work Experience Programme, PCICS students are considered as regular employees. The organisation host must offer the student an employment contract (full-time, part-time or temporary/contract staff). For work-based project, students will be working with organisations on a freelance, pro-bono basis. No employment contract or salary is required. 

In ensuring fairness to our students, we hope organisation hosts may follow the salary guidelines below, benchmarked with salary of other postgraduate interns:

  • Gross salary of S$11 per hour (if paid on hourly basis); or
  • Gross salary of $1200-$1500 per month; or
  • Your current organisation’s salary rate for postgraduate interns.

Organisation hosts are to ensure payment is made via their payroll system. 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.


7. Workplace Safety & Well-Being

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.

Under the Workplace Safety & Health Act of Singapore, all companies must, as far as reasonably practicable, protect the safety and health of employees or workers (inclusive of PCICS students) working under their direct control, as well as all who may be affected by their work. Organisation hosts should brief students on any safety guidelines.

It is important to report any accidents to Muis Academy at 6359 1177 immediately, for follow-up actions that can be taken.

If there is any issue of workplace safety, health, or any issue arising as to the student’s general well-being in the workplace (including but not limited to issues of abuse of, discrimination against and/or harassment of the student), Muis Academy will take steps to investigate and/or facilitate its resolution in accordance with its internal policies and procedure.


8. Attendance & Discipline

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.

If the student misbehaves, is absent from work without leave or has irregular attendance, please report to Muis Academy at 6359 1177 for corrective actions. If the student is found to be responsible for his misconduct, disciplinary actions will be taken and in severe cases, the student may fail the practicum module.


9. Frequently Asked Questions

1) Introduction

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.


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. 

 

2) Administrative Matters

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 practicum feedback report.
$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 practicum feedback report.


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.


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 can 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.

 

3) Programme

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.

 

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 briefing/course. This ensures that the coach is able to effectively provide feedback for the students.

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:

  • Practicum feedback report. Template and guidelines will be provided, similar to annual performance review.

 

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. we are not restrictive in the types of jobs and work tasks to be given to the students. The work should be meaningful so as to provide opportunities for the students to apply and demonstrate the competencies they acquired from PCICS. 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.

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 in your line of 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.