Parliament: 'Growing knowledge-intensive industries so graduates will be employed'

A Robotic Linishing System, which is simulated by Siemens, which has its robotic hardware manufactured by ABB Robotics and it's system integrated by JOT Automation. Singapore will continue to grow its knowledge-intensive industries, like advanced man
A Robotic Linishing System, which is simulated by Siemens, which has its robotic hardware manufactured by ABB Robotics and it's system integrated by JOT Automation. Singapore will continue to grow its knowledge-intensive industries, like advanced manufacturing, and train Singaporeans in the skills they need to take up jobs in these fields. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG 

SINGAPORE - Singapore will continue to grow its knowledge-intensive industries, like advanced manufacturing, and train Singaporeans in the skills they need to take up jobs in these fields.

Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang said in Parliament on Thursday that these measures form the Government's two-prong approach to ensure that the increasing number of graduates here land quality jobs.

One way is by growing industries which offer jobs that require deep skills and multi-disciplinary knowledge, he said.

His ministry also works with the Education and Manpower ministries to identify skillsets that are needed now - and those that will become increasingly important in the future - and design education and training programmes to equip workers here with these skills, he added.

Mr Lim was responding to Mr Gan Thiam Poh (Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC) who asked about measures in place to ensure there are good jobs in the market for Singaporean university graduates.

The Government plans to ramp up university enrolment by 2020 and offer publicly-funded university spaces for 40 per cent of every cohort.

But even as the Government presses on to make sure there are enough jobs to go around, "it is equally important for Singaporeans to take ownership of their career development, and ensure that they develop the right skills and experience to make full use of these opportunities that are emerging", said Mr Lim.

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