SINGAPORE - From Sept 1, those aiming to get licensed as taxi or private-hire drivers will be able to attend courses at a third training provider: NTUC LearningHub.
It will offer courses for the Taxi Driver's Vocational Licence and Private Hire Car Driver's Vocational Licence, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Tuesday (Aug 11).
The courses will be held at the hub's facilities at NTUC Trade Union House in Bras Basah and the Employment and Employability Institute in Jurong East.
Currently, the two training providers are ComfortDelGro Taxi and Singapore Taxi Academy.
The LTA also announced that Singapore Polytechnic (SP) will replace the Employment and Employability Institute as a test centre for the two licences.
The polytechnic will start offering tests from Saturday, while the institute will stop providing test services from Sept 30.
In a Facebook post on the new appointments on Tuesday, Senior Minister of State for Transport Amy Khor said: "NTUC LearningHub and SP can also help our drivers with their value-added services such as advisory on reskilling and upskilling opportunities, to help them stay relevant and better meet the demands of today's workforce landscape."
The LTA added that "this will enhance drivers' skillsets and employability to help ease their transition to other sectors".
It also said it is reviewing the curricula for the two licences to create greater parity between the taxi and private-hire car industries.
They will be updated to account for evolving industry practices and new technologies so that the training programmes remain relevant to the industry's needs, it added.
More details will be given in the fourth quarter of 2020, said the LTA.