Government to support upskilling of workers

by Adelle Chua15 Jan 2018
Employers in Singapore, specifically those in financial services, infocomm and technology, healthcare, manufacturing, engineering and wholesale trade, are getting help from the government in helping their workers upgrade their skills for the so-called jobs of the future.

Singapore Economic Development Board managing director Chng Kai Fong said they have a three-pronged philosophy to help employers instill confidence in workers.

The approach involves training workers while they are still in jobs, making training flexible and accessible, and linking training to jobs to enable conversion.

The result would be workers who are able, agile and adaptable, reported Channel NewsAsia.
Chng made these statements at the National Trades Union Congress’ (NTUC) Future Jobs, Skills and Training (FJST) Department this week, to launch a more aggressive campaign to help workers in at-risk jobs prepare for the future economy.

All of NTUC’s efforts fall under two key solutions to help workers transition into the jobs of the future.

Firstly, to encourage employers to recognise new methods of learning as part of hiring and career progression criteria.

Secondly, to leverage NTUC’s extended networks to better tackle sector-specific challenges.

Each sector will be analysed collaboratively by the labour movement, government agencies, the private sector and institutes of higher learning.

Chng said the changing nature of jobs in Singapore has three aspects:
  • a move toward higher value-added jobs
  • a trend toward adjacent new industries, such as clean and sustainable technologies
  • Singapore’s emergence as a hub for regional headquarters and digital services

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