Friday, Aug 22, 2014Friday, Aug 22, 2014
News
 

Power generation sector struggling to recruit new workers

Published on Jan 16, 2013 6:40 PM
 
The Pulau Seraya Power Station, Singapore's first off-shore power plant. Working in the power generation sector is not seen as attractive as the oil and gas sector or clean technologies, so Singapore power generation companies are struggling to recruit workers. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Working in the power generation sector is not seen as attractive as the oil and gas sector or clean technologies, so Singapore power generation companies are struggling to recruit workers.

Some 2,400 new technical professionals are needed in the power sector over the next 10 years, especially as generation grows with the availability of liquefied natural gas from a new terminal this year, said Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry S. Iswaran on Wednesday. He was speaking at the launch of 'The Oil and Gas Year' publication at the Oasia Hotel in Novena.

He added that a new report by a power sector manpower taskforce has put out recommendations to attract new workers. The recommendations include scholarships, a centralised training institute, paying competitive wages, and outlining a clear career path.