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Training hours dip as bosses 'can't spare workers'

But more employees are getting trained, reports labour force survey

Published on Feb 17, 2014 8:04 AM
 
Workers are spending less time in training, a decline that began four years ago, according to the latest official figures. -- ST ILLUSTRATION: LEE

Workers are spending less time in training, a decline that began four years ago, according to the latest official figures.

But the Labour Force Survey Supplement on Training has also found that more workers are getting trained.

Almost one-third of the resident workforce, meaning Singaporeans and permanent residents, is attending structured training to improve job skills, a proportion that has been rising since 2011.

These trainees, however, spent an average of 12.2 days each on such training courses in the 12-month period ended June last year, reported the Manpower Ministry survey.

 
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AVERAGE NUMBER OF DAYS SPENT ON TRAINING

The time Singapore workers spent on training courses has been declining steadily over the years:

2010 17.1

2011 15.9

2012 13.9

2013 12.2