Innovate for the Sustainable Circular Economy

HP – SIM SkillsFuture Queen Bee Programme

Duration: 3 Days (24 Hours)

Categories: Sourcing, Aftermarket


I learnt various strategies for designing a product to be sustainable, as well as, business models that incentivize design for sustainability. The CIRCO course is also designed to be very applicable and action oriented, especially if you touch any part of the product development process, rather than just theory based.

- Timothy Chua
MyPrintSg Leadership Trainee, PHS R&D


Course Overview

The current economy’s unsustainable practices have severe consequences for our environment and economy, with a staggering 91% of resources extracted from the earth going to waste. Moreover, many production processes are at risk of depleting their virgin feedstock in the near future. However, the good news is that embracing sustainability is not only beneficial for the planet but also for businesses and individuals.

In this hands-on 3-day course, companies and entrepreneurs will delve into an alternative way of conducting business and designing green products and services: the Circular Economy. Drawing on world-class research from a leading university in this field, the CIRCO methodology empowers business owners with practical knowledge of circular business models and design principles.

By the end of the course, participants will gain valuable insights and actionable frameworks to embrace circularity. They will also receive a tailored roadmap for their own green transformation. The CIRCO methodology has successfully trained numerous companies across various sectors worldwide, including manufacturing, consumer goods, hospitality, healthcare, and the built environment.

What You’ll Learn

  • Understand circular economy and its relevance to your business
  • Uncover the inefficiencies and value destruction in the current linear value chain
  • Explore Circular Business Models and Cirular Design Strategies
  • Receive an actionable roadmap for successful implementation and transformation

Who Is It For

  • Companies/ Business Owners exploring sustainable transformation of their business and operations
  • Designers and Product Managers who are developing green products and services – a good understanding of the organisation’s product offering and business model is necessary


Companies are encouraged to join in teams to tackle real-life business challenges and take tangible steps towards developing circular initiatives.


3 Days In-Person Classroom Training with Self-Guided Work In-Between Sessions (24 Hours Including 15 Mins Project Presentation)


After the course, trainee who had fulfilled the course requirements of

  1. 75% class attendance and
  2. Attained a 80% competency for the assessment
  3. Will receive a Certification of Achievement from Singapore Institute of Management (SIM).

About the Faculty

John Chan

John is a Design Director and Partner at Chemistry, a strategic experience design consultancy in Singapore and Amsterdam. With over 17 years of experience, John is a master of his craft and passionate about creating meaningful impact through human and planet-centered design.

John is skilled in managing complex stakeholders and resolving challenges with grace. He has led the design team for the Founders' Memorial and has extensive experience in citizen-centric design, working with clients such as the Land Transport Authority of Singapore. He oversaw the detail design, setup, and rollout of a 4,000sqft prototyping space for Woodlands Health Campus.

John is a certified ACLP facilitator and trainer with more than 1000 hours of experience in planet-centred design and innovation for both public and private sectors. He is also an accredited trainer with the Civil Service College, CIRCO and an Adjunct Teacher at Singapore Polytechnic.

John has a BA in Industrial Design (Hons) from the National University of Singapore and completed courses in web and application design and digital user experience design at NUS Institute of Systems Science. He is also a talented illustrator who applies his skills to support clients like HP and start conversations around sensitive topics.

Course Runs

15, 16 & 18 July 2024

3 to 5 December 2024

Course Fees

Full Fees (before GST): $1,950.00
GST payable for all funding-eligible applicants*: $52.65
GST payable for others: $175.50

Fees Payable (after GST)
1. Singapore Citizens aged 40 and above (individual or company-sponsored)1

up to 90% SkillsFuture Funding
2. Singapore Citizens aged below 40 (individual or company-sponsored)

up to 70% SkillsFuture Funding
3. Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders (individual or company-sponsored)

up to 70% SkillsFuture Funding
4. SME-sponsored2 Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders

up to 90% SkillsFuture Funding
5. Others (individual or company-sponsored)

full fees payable
*As per SSG’s policy, the GST payable is calculated based on 9% of the nett fee payable after baseline funding subsidy of 70%.

GST payable subjected to revision.

Singaporeans aged 25 years and above may use **SkillsFuture Credit balance to offset respective course fees.

1 Under the SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy. For more information, visit the SkillsFuture website here.

2 Under the Enhanced Training Support for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Scheme. For more information of the scheme, click here.