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Boot camp to boost workers' self-esteem

Getting the best out of low-wage workers through classes and awards

Published on Jun 30, 2014 7:18 AM
Mr Ng Chye Hock looks forward to the motivational boot camp. Last year, he attended WDA programmes to boost English skills and qualified as a security guard. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

MORE workers will be paid to attend free motivational courses over the next two years.

In the past four years, the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) has sent about 18,000 low-wage workers to boot camps to boost their self-esteem and coax them to upgrade their skills.

Now, the WDA is doubling the pace: It has started looking for trainers to conduct motivational classes for at least 20,000 workers in the next two years, according to training plans seen by The Straits Times. These are for workers who earn $1,900 or less each month and are on the Workfare Income Supplement scheme.

The national training body would not say why it is stepping up the pace, but it said previous courses "have been effective in encouraging trainees to undertake further skills training". They "build the individual's confidence and cultivate a positive attitude towards learning", and are part of a broader plan to make low-wage workers more employable, the WDA told The Straits Times.

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