Refinements to improve SkillsFuture scheme

I am very appreciative of the Government's SkillsFuture initiative. This shows that it has a long-range perspective to keep all Singaporean workers relevant.

I have some suggestions to refine the scheme.

First, incorporate more information, such as if the workshop can be recognised as a partial module for a full-time course from the Institute of Technical Education or polytechnic and so on.

Second, with the release of the O-level results recently, students can attend some SkillsFuture courses to help them decide on their educational direction. These courses can play an integral part in helping them cope with dynamic workplace expectations.

Third, there could be more SkillsFuture courses that take into account the special needs some participants have, and perhaps arrangements could be made to allow trainers to conduct courses in their organisations.

Lastly, set up an online section called the SkillsFuture Wish List, where members of the public can provide feedback about what new courses can be launched.

SkillsFuture can also be the platform to unearth trainers who are currently subject matter experts in their fields.

Colin Ong Tau Shien

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 25, 2016, with the headline 'Refinements to improve SkillsFuture scheme'. Print Edition | Subscribe