More workers report positive outcomes from national skills training framework

More workers are finding national training modules useful, reporting better performance on the job last year compared with the year before, according to an annual survey released on Wednesday by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA). -- PH
More workers are finding national training modules useful, reporting better performance on the job last year compared with the year before, according to an annual survey released on Wednesday by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA). -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - More workers are finding national training modules useful, reporting better performance on the job last year compared with the year before, according to an annual survey released on Wednesday by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA).

The survey included 1,480 companies and 8,270 employees who underwent Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) training.

It found that 83 per cent of trainee workers in 2013 found the courses useful, up from 81 per cent in 2012. A greater proportion of workers reported receiving a pay raise - 19 per cent did so last year, four percentage points more than the year before.

A greater proportion of companies also reported improvements in quality of products and services, work productivity, sales and profitability. But the proportion who felt WSQ training was useful for employees dipped to 83 per cent, down from 85 per cent.

A separate study by the WDA found that more than half of 7,480 companies surveyed had adopted the training framework. For larger companies with more than 200 employees, the rate last year was 86 per cent, while it was 52 per cent for small and medium-sized enterprises with 200 or fewer employees. In 2012, the take-up rates were 82 per cent and 41 per cent respectively.