New career guidebook and portal for energy and chemicals industry

Tertiary students at the annual Chemical Industry Experience career fair.
Tertiary students at the annual Chemical Industry Experience career fair.PHOTO: SINGAPORE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY COUNCIL

SINGAPORE - Students in the energy and chemicals industry will have a clearer picture of their career prospects with the launch of a guidebook and careers portal on Saturday (Oct 24).

The Singapore Chemical Industry Council (SCIC), supported by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), produced the eight-page guidebook for production or process technicians, who earn an average of $32,000 a year.

They can progress through four ranks from junior technician to supervisor, or after gaining five to 10 years of production experience, move to a different industry such as facilities management, supply chain management or consulting.

The industry is hungry for workers, with Singapore's chemical production expected to grow 35 per cent between 2012 and 2020.

"The chemical industry is a key contributor in improving life standards across the world. This is the reason why we can remain optimistic in the development of this industry for the coming decades," said Mr Georges Grosliere, chairman of the SCIC Chemical Industry Manpower Advisory Committee, speaking to over 600 tertiary students.

"You just need to look around to see many applications coming from our industry, your shoes, your shirt, your smart phone, the parts of the bus which drove you to this place, the water bottle that you bring with you," added Mr Grosliere, who is also manufacturing director of ExxonMobil's Singapore Chemical Plant.

Mr Ang Chai Soon, director of the WDA's manufacturing division, said that the booklet on career progression is in line with SkillsFuture objectives for helping individuals achieve skills mastery and take charge of their own careers.

The career resources were launched at the annual Chemical Industry Experience career fair held at Yang Kee Chemical Logistics Hub in Jurong.

As part of the event, students visited chemical plants and a chemical storage warehouse on Jurong Island, which are part of the supply chain for chemicals. They were also shown dangerous goods handling and storage at Yang Kee.

The career portal and e-booklet can be found at http://www.scic.sg/index.php/career-and-more

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