Record 8 in 10 Singapore employers sent workers for training last year: MOM

Pedestrians crossing the road at Raffles Place.
Pedestrians crossing the road at Raffles Place. ST PHOTO: ALICIA CHAN

SINGAPORE - A record eight in 10 employers put their employees through structured training last year, according to a biennial Manpower Ministry (MOM) survey.

The Survey on Employer Supported Training data showed an increase from seven in 10 employers in 2012, MOM said in a statement on Monday.

Structured training is conducted under the direction of a teacher, lecturer or course supervisor and is organised in a progressive sequence. It does not include informal on-the-job training such as observing others perform a task at work.

The last record high for these training figures was in 2005 and 2006, with 72 per cent of employers sending staff for training.

Employers who provided training last year sent more than half of their workers for it on average.

Training expenditure did not increase by much from 2012, rising to an average of $726 per trainee from $717 in 2012.

Employers surveyed said increased training subsidies and better workload management were their top motivations for sending their staff for training.

Most reported a positive impact of training on the performance of their staff and organisation. About 83 per cent said they found work efficiency had improved, while 92 per cent said the skills levels of employees had gone up.

The survey was conducted by MOM's Research and Statistics Department from March 27 to May 29 on 3,900 private sector companies with a total of nearly 1.2 million employees.