New SkillsFuture Council to ensure workers are equipped with right skills

SINGAPORE - Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam will chair a new tripartite committee which will work with schools, unions, firms to ensure that Singapore workers have the skills wanted by employers.

The SkillsFuture Council will be in charge of implementing new plans by the authorities to train workers better and improve the career prospects of polytechnic and technical institute's students,

Mr Tharman said on Wednesday that the committee's work will focus on the new masterplan for training Continuing Education and Training 2020 which will provide more help for companies to improve the skills for their workers and individuals to receive training.

"In next wave of development, we will build a first-rate system of continuing education and training: learning throughout life. It will intertwine education and the world of work in ways that strengthen and enrich both," he said,

On top of that, the committee will also ensure that recommendations for the Applied Study in Polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education Review (Aspire) report released earlier this month will be rolled out.