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MOM And WDA Provide Skills-Upgrade For Local Workers

Rank-and-file employees and upper-level managers in Singapore who are looking into expanding their horizons will be given the chance to fulfill their dreams through the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and Singapore Workforce Development Agency’s Continuing Education and Training (CET) Masterplan.

The CET is seen to benefit all Singaporean workers to keep their skills relevant and to help them remain employable. It also aims to help workers find their specialization and seize new opportunities in other areas.

CET is also believed to help employers make more profits by enhancing productivity in the office and helping their manpower improve industry-relevant skills and keep abreast of industry trends.

The CET will be carried out in two shifts: first, to increase the percentage of diploma holders from 36% in 2007 to 50% by the year 2020; and second, to empower the Singapore workforce to explore new growth areas by providing them with skills and help them prepare for potential job offers.

These new growth areas include aerospace, process manufacturing, precision engineering, health and workplace safety, healthcare, social services, service professionals, and adult training.

Singapore will be tapping its national universities, polytechnic schools, ITEs as well as overseas education providers for the CET masterplan. By 2013, the government is targeting to have two National CET campus installed at Paya Lebar Central in the East and Jurong Lake District. These campuses will be opening 150,000 slots for trainees yearly.

The CET will also help create an Institute of Adult Learning which will benefit adult educators. Currently, the adult training capacity of educators is 22,000 and the government is aiming to increase it to 80,000. The government plans to achieve this by fostering a stronger link between the CET and pre-employment training institutions.

The Singapore government is constantly developing its employment policies to empower and keep its workforce from finding work elsewhere. Through improved policies and competitive compensation rates, the government aims to uphold the strong work ethic and edge that Singapore’s workforce is known for globally.