Improving skillsets and clinching jobs

A brochure with course details of the SkillsFuture Credit Scheme comes in the form of paper cutouts of grocery items. Food for thought indeed.
A brochure with course details of the SkillsFuture Credit Scheme comes in the form of paper cutouts of grocery items. Food for thought indeed.

SKILLSFUTURE SINGAPORE (SSG)

It is prudent to continue deepening our skills and developing the capabilities needed for our jobs today - as well as jobs of the future.

Various SkillsFuture initiatives are available to support Singaporeans in upgrading their skills and learning new skills to meet emerging needs in the job market.

There are more than 17,000 courses in the SkillsFuture Credit Directory available for individuals at www.skillsfuture.sg/credit. They range from Massive Open Online Courses offered by online providers like Udemy, to full-time diploma courses.

Learners can take up courses at their own pace and convenience. The range of courses is very wide to meet different learning and career needs. Singaporeans aged 25 years and above can also tap their SkillsFuture Credit to pay for or offset the course fees.

Learners can take up courses at their own pace and convenience. The range of courses is also very wide to meet different learning and career needs. Singaporeans aged 25 years and above can also tap their SkillsFuture Credit to pay for or offset the course fees.

Skills frameworks are also being developed by the Government, in partnership with employers, industry associations, unions and professional bodies to provide information on the sector and employment.

The information covers the existing and emerging skills and competencies required for job roles, as well as relevant education and training programmes. These are being rolled out progressively and Singaporeans can reference these skills frameworks to understand what skills are required for those sectors.

Other initiatives such as the SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy and the SkillsFuture Study Awards have also been launched to support Singaporeans at various stages of their careers and learning journeys. Singaporeans aged 40 and above can use the SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy to get up to 90 per cent subsidy off selected courses.

SkillsFuture Study Awards are monetary awards which support early to mid-career Singaporeans in their deepening of specialist skills. These initiatives support Singaporeans in their pursuit of their skills and training goals. For more information, visit www.skillsfuture.sg

WORKFORCE SINGAPORE (WSG)

Anyone who requires assistance towards seeking permanent jobs can visit WSG and e2i's Career Centres, where various career matchmaking services are available. These include basic career advisory and guided self-help, employability workshops and networking events - available at no charge.

For those who require more customised help, career coaches will be able to provide one-on-one dedicated assistance through case management or job referrals.

People can also tap WSG's Adapt and Grow initiatives, including professional conversion programmes to help them move into a new job role, career support programme which offers wage subsidies for employers who hire retrenched Singaporeans, as well as other programmes.

For more information, please visit www.wsg.gov.sg/adaptandgrow

Lorna Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 19, 2017, with the headline 'Improving skillsets and clinching jobs'. Print Edition | Subscribe