Are training programmes good enough for jobs here?

The media has been reporting on the bleak employment landscape and the retrenchment and unemployment of young graduates and workers, especially professionals, managers, executives and technicians ("Time to learn new skills and update that CV?"; Sunday).

Our workers have been advised to upgrade and stay relevant by taking part in the SkillsFuture initiative and other programmes.

But our workers are still finding it extremely difficult to land another job after being retrenched.

In contrast, 20,000 foreigners were granted Employment Passes and S Passes between December 2014 and June this year.

The question is: Are our universities and upgrading programmes turning out graduates and trainees suitable for the employment opportunities in Singapore?

What, and how much more, must we do to help our graduates and retrenched workers be gainfully employed here?

Tan Soon Hock

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 30, 2016, with the headline 'Are training programmes good enough for jobs here?'. Print Edition | Subscribe