It is heartening that there are various stepped-up schemes in place to help unemployed older professionals, managers, executives and technicians ("More work support for older PMETs" by the Ministry of Manpower ; June 24).
Perhaps the matching process could be improved:
First, have a register of unemployed older PMETs, highlighting their interests and aptitude for certain jobs.
Second, there should be active matching of this pool of older PMETs with prospective employers.
Third, if found suitable, the older PMETs could be offered a job and then sent for the requisite training. They could be placed on a traineeship scheme with lower pay until they acquire the new skills.
This could achieve a higher success rate and save time and costs for employers and the older PMETs.
It is targeted help that will deliver the desired results.
Yeow Hwee Ming