Meet Poh Chee Wee
Talent: Web Design
Institution/Organisation: Nanyang Polytechnic
Award/s: MEDALLION FOR EXCELLENCE in 39th WorldSkills Competition
Poh Chee Wee had always been interested in web design. Nearly a decade ago, he was given the opportunity to participate in WorldSkills Competition, where he represented Singapore in the Web Design area in Shizuoka, Japan, in 2007. There, he won a Medallion for Excellence in Web Design.
Inspired by his WorldSkills experience, the NYP Diploma in Multimedia and Infocomm Technology alumnus set up his own web design company after he completed his national service. Today, Chee Wee is the proud founder and managing director of iCreationsLab. His web design company has served clients such as National Healthcare Group, Her World Plus, ComfortDelGro, Great World City, Tanglin Mall, amidst others.
“Without WorldSkills, I don’t think I would have learnt so much about web design. WorldSkills helped me to improve a lot. I learnt more skills in coding and design and it also helped me prepare more for this business. After NS, it influenced me to set up this company,” said Chee Wee.
Chee Wee admits that preparing for WorldSkills was challenging. When he graduated from NYP in 2006, he was enlisted for National Service, and was not able to defer his service to prepare for the competition. Thus he had to make do with whatever little time he had.
“As I stayed in camp, I did most of my training during weekends,” he said. “I learnt a lot about time management and how to work under stress.”
Chee Wee feels that WorldSkills also taught him to be more independent. He had to take the initiative to search the Internet to learn more online. During training periods, he looked at other exemplary websites, and tried to figure out how they were created.
“WorldSkills spurs you to take more initiative to learn. The school can only give training, but when you join this competition, you will have to go to the Internet to find out what other people are doing, and how they are doing it better, and learn from there. And the learning is very substantial, at least two or three times more,” he said.
For Chee Wee, WorldSkills made a significant impact on his life. He picked up many conceptual, design and aesthetic skills from his training, and he believes that these are not skills that can be easily taught. For his business, he learnt how to manage his time and projects well, and his company is currently doing well with six staff.
“WorldSkills definitely taught us how to work faster, and create projects faster. I would encourage young people to join it, as it would expose them to more skills and different kinds of ways to approach their work,” he said.