Give older PMETs jobs, then train them

Currently, older professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) are encouraged to go for various training programmes, but with no job in sight.

Why not first place them into jobs which they have the aptitude for, and then send them for training and upgrading?

This way, precious time and money are not wasted.

For instance, I notice that a lot of hospitals employ foreigners to do X-rays and scans. These jobs could be done by older PMETs, given the requisite training.

There are many more such jobs in the private and public sectors.

The Government could incentivise more employers to recruit older PMETs, even if they do not have the relevant experience or qualifications, as long as they have the right attitude and aptitude to be trained for the job.

This would help alleviate the unemployment rate of older PMETs.

Yeow Hwee Ming

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 17, 2016, with the headline 'Give older PMETs jobs, then train them'. Print Edition | Subscribe