NTUC, UniSIM in tie-up to train workers

Workers and bosses looking to boost their skills in select SIM University (UniSIM) courses can enjoy subsidies of up to half their course fees from next year.

The university and the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) inked two agreements yesterday to fund and develop courses aimed at preparing workers for the future.

NTUC said in a statement that it recognises the need to help workers learn new skills to meet the demands of the labour market.

Under one deal, the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) - NTUC's training and job placement arm - will work with UniSIM to develop programmes for professionals, managers, executives and technicians. These courses will be eligible for the e2i Training Grant.

Those enrolled in the three UniSIM logistics courses that fall under this scheme will get funding of up to half the $1,200 course fee from next July. There are plans to extend this arrangement to other existing courses at the university.

The other agreement will help train bosses of small and medium-sized entreprises in areas ranging from fair labour practices to digital marketing.

Participants of the year-long Executive Development Programme, jointly developed by the university and NTUC's U SME, will be given $1,890 to offset the $6,500 fees.

An English version of the programme, which started in October and is now offered in Mandarin, will be rolled out next year.

MTM Skincare managing director and programme participant Kelly Keak, 32, said: "Company owners have to be open to new trends. If they don't, that's the mindset that kills companies."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 15, 2016, with the headline 'NTUC, UniSIM in tie-up to train workers'. Print Edition | Subscribe