Traineeships a mixed bag of experiences for graduates

Some pick up useful skills, but others wonder if firms are taking advantage of programme

Job seekers at an SGUnited Job Interviews event at Bukit Panjang Community Club last August. As at early last month, the SGUnited Traineeships Programme has helped more than 4,700 fresh graduates find paid work.
Job seekers at an SGUnited Job Interviews event at Bukit Panjang Community Club last August. As at early last month, the SGUnited Traineeships Programme has helped more than 4,700 fresh graduates find paid work.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Over the last six months, Mr Murteza Kaizar Zakir has worked as a trainee at tech company Neo Aeronautics, with his pay subsidised by a government scheme to help fresh graduates.

He earns between $2,000 and $2,500 a month, and is hoping to be converted to a full-time employee by the end of his year-long traineeship, which started in July last year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 10, 2021, with the headline 'Traineeships a mixed bag of experiences for graduates'. Subscribe