Plans in place to help workers to train, take on new jobs: PM

(From far right) Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Manpower Minister Josephine Teo chatting with career coach Noralizah Aziz, assistant staff nurse Suriana Sarip and her employer, Dr Ng Yew Yee. Ms Suriana was an administrative assistant who took a
(From right) Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Manpower Minister Josephine Teo chatting with career coach Noralizah Aziz, assistant staff nurse Suriana Sarip and her employer, Dr Ng Yew Yee. Ms Suriana was an administrative assistant who took a Nitec course in nursing and found a job at Healthway Medical Corp.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

Amid anxiety over jobs and the state of the economy, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's message to Singaporeans is that resources and the resolve are in place to help them train and take on new jobs.

The journey is not easy, and many people are anxious and might worry about their career prospects, job security and families, he said. Older people may be more worried about new technology, he noted.

"We have the resources, the plans and the resolve. We will help everybody to get through difficulties. We will help you, walk together with you, to overcome these troubles," he said on a visit to Workforce Singapore's Careers Connect at Lifelong Learning Institute in Paya Lebar. It lets jobseekers meet career coaches and tap a wide range of resources.

Yesterday, PM Lee met workers who had changed or were changing jobs, employers and career coaches, and spoke to them about their experiences for around 21/2 hours.

"A lot of good work is done, there is a lot of passion," he told reporters at the end of his visit, adding that Singaporeans should have confidence that they can cope with economic transformation.

Singapore has made a lot of progress in its restructuring journey, he noted, citing how employment rates have gone up, particularly for women and the elderly.

The journey is not over, he said. But if it is done right, in 10 years, Singaporeans will be in a better position than they are in today, he said.

Joanna Seow

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 12, 2019, with the headline 'Plans in place to help workers to train, take on new jobs: PM'. Print Edition | Subscribe