Training Vision Institute today is the testament of David Kwee’s dedication and passion in developing human potential. Having come a long way since its inception 25 years ago, the company now spans 5 training centres across prime locations in Singapore and consists of a family of 85 full-time staff. The company has also received awards such as Top 10 in Singapore’s Fastest Growing 50 Companies, and placed 105 in the SME 1000 category. To date, Training Vision Institute has also seen more than 73,000 individual learners pass through their doors and conducted corporate training for more than 300 organisations. Having grown the business to being one of the leading Singapore home grown companies, Training Vision Institute is primed to continue its remarkable growth and is positioning itself to be a SGD$100m company within the next 5 years, with its leadership role felt both in Singapore and Asia.
Even as the Founder and CEO, David was not always interested in Education and Lifelong Learning. His youthful experience and escapades played a huge part in the path he embarked on. When he was a teenager, David got into bad company and was involved in triads. He played truant, quit school and at one point, was left to pick himself up after a gang fight he was involved in.
“Do not quit school and make your mother cry.” would be David’s advice to his teenage self. Harrowing experience as that may be, he counts his bad-boy days as a key turning point in his life. The experience taught him to be conscious of how each of our decisions and actions would impact the people around us and why it is of utmost importance to keep that in mind when pursuing our interests.
“It’s not important when and how we fall. It is important when and how we pick ourselves up.” Failures come in many forms including failing ourselves and others’ (family, bosses, teachers) expectations of us. David is adamant that failures should not and must not be an indictment of where we fail, but rather serve as a point of learning to continue to improve, grow and over time, become truly the best of who we can be.
David’s lifetime pursuit of human potential and its growth can be seen through the strategic direction, training and courses conducted by Training Vision Institute. As a keen observer of human nature, David was curious as to how people can be of such immense potential and yet behave within the limitations that very often stop them from achieving their best. He believes that everyone, everywhere and in every place can increase their capacity for greatness if given the opportunity and the right support to do so.
His vision would be to make Training Vision Institute an Asian Focused Education and Lifelong Learning Institute. Education and learning is at a nexus of change from pre-employment education and training to lifelong learning, and from academic education to applied knowledge. ASEAN itself has a population of 600 million and many of the member countries need a leading education and lifelong learning institute that understands the complexities of what 21st Century learning is about and can address the unique developmental opportunities that ASEAN and greater Asia presents.
As a futuristic and forward thinking leader of the pack, David counts the most rewarding aspect of his work as simply seeing people become better than they were yesterday and believing that they can be better tomorrow.
In building the family that is Training Vision Institute today, it is heartening to him to see colleagues realise their potential from whatever background they come from and getting feedback that his company provided them the opportunity to excel in areas deemed impossible from their initial background and skillsets.
He sees his goal to complete in Training Vision as one dedicated to building a truly committed and competent Leadership team and see this team fully mature in Training Vision Institute. A team with diverse skills and traits, yet one who is confident in himself or herself to contribute fully and valuing others in the team, to learn how to depend on each other for success.
“It is okay to be imperfect and recognise it as such.” Light heartedly, David acknowledges that he is a man with many flaws and his wife and beacon of support, Sheryl could probably provide a never ending list… such as losing his phone multiple times, being so engrossed with something that he lost perspective of things happening around him and more. Yet amongst all that, it’s the authenticity in being himself and being steadfast in his beliefs regardless of the circumstances that makes David Kwee stand out amongst his peers. He enjoys immersing himself in a good movie, preferably themes that celebrate the human spirit and occasionally indulges in a Hong Kong drama or two. In his own words, “Who can predict life and the serendipity it brings along? If anything at all, I am grateful and thankful that the good Lord has kept me and by His grace alone, has seen me through the ups and downs, the rumble and tumble of life. He (the Lord Jesus Christ) is my only absolute, the One in whom I trust and love.”