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Prime Minister highlights better job prospects for non-graduates in his National Day Rally address

Civil service to do its part by placing more emphasis on skills and ability

Published on Aug 18, 2014 7:41 AM
Nurses at the National University Hospital. "Some of them have earned degrees along the way but as a nurse, we assess you on your knowledge... ability, commitment, and not so much on where you started," Mr Lee said. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

The public service can and will do more in offering more career opportunities for those without degrees, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in his National Day Rally address.

It will put more emphasis on how people perform their jobs and the relevant skills they have, rather than their starting qualifications, he said. The Government, as an employer, will do its part, as it encourages companies to value workers and advance them based on skills.

The public service will also merge more graduate and non-graduate schemes so that everyone will have equal opportunities on the same career track.

And non-graduates will be promoted faster to positions that were traditionally considered "graduate-level" jobs, once they prove they are capable.

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