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Accredited NS skills 'not likely to sway recruiters'

Employers more interested in work experience, motivation, say experts

Published on Aug 27, 2014 7:38 AM
NeXT Career Consulting Group’s managing director Paul Heng.

A move to officially accredit skills picked up by soldiers during their national service will help boost buy-in for conscription, but not necessarily their employability, said human resource and defence experts.

They were reacting to a move announced last week by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and Workforce Development Agency (WDA) to certify skills learnt during NS.

"Servicemen sometimes feel that they are disadvantaged as they have to 'postpone' their education for NS, so it's good that we're giving them proper credentials for their training now," said Mr David Leong, managing director of recruitment firm PeopleWorldwide. "It also shows that the armed forces is an advocate for continuous learning."

Under the SCDF scheme, its full-time and operationally ready servicemen (NSmen) who attend certain SCDF courses will earn Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) that can be put on their resumes. Skills include firefighting, leadership and contingency planning.

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What is important to recruiters are things like knowledge and skills, perceived ability to get along and work with others, and motivation level... these servicemen still come with limited working experience.

- NeXT Career Consulting Group's managing director Paul Heng, on how the move will not make "a major difference" for recruiters