Employers should look beyond hiring workers with ready skills and proactively invest in and develop skills of their workers to meet the rapidly changing needs of the industry.
SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) has partnered various government, industry, and training partners to co-develop Skills Frameworks for various industry sectors. Employers can use the Skills Frameworks to identify emerging job roles in their industries as they transform their businesses, and as a training guide to equip their workforce with the right skill sets. Employees can use the Skills Frameworks as a guide to develop their own skills for their existing industries or another industry that they want to enter.
In addition, there is a range of SkillsFuture initiatives to help businesses and individuals:
- Training initiatives
· The SkillsFuture series is a curated list of short industry-relevant courses that focus on emerging and priority skills in eight areas: data analytics, finance, tech-enabled services, digital media, cyber security, entrepreneurship, advanced manufacturing, and urban solutions.
· The SkillsFuture for Digital Workplace programme aims to equip Singaporeans with basic digital skills required at the workplace and in their daily lives, and adopt a positive mindset for change, innovation and resilience so that they can take advantage of the opportunities in the future economy.
- Enhanced support for SMEs
· The Enhanced Training Support programme for SMEs provides enhanced funding of up to 90 per cent subsidy on course fees when SMEs send their employees for training. There are more than 8,000 courses covered by this scheme, including certifiable courses supported by SSG and academic CET courses offered by the polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education (ITE).
· SMEs can also tap on the SkillsFuture SME Mentors programme that will help strengthen SMEs’ value proposition as employers of choice. Under this programme, a pool of mentors who specialise in industry-relevant skills will guide SMEs in implementing measures to deepen the skills of their workforce, and will help their supervisors and managers develop coaching and training capabilities.
- Building a talent pipeline and attracting young talent
· The SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme (ELP) allows employers to recruit local fresh talent from polytechnics and the ITE for job roles related to their fields of study. The programme is designed in collaboration with the industry to ensure relevance to employers and growth of the sector. To date, the ELP has been introduced in 25 sectors, including healthcare, biomedical sciences, hospitality, infocomm technology, and retail. This will help address the talent crunch and strengthen talent pool within the organisation.
· The SkillsFuture Work-Learn Bootcamp is developed for employers who are seeking to attract and hire fresh graduates or mid-career individuals equipped with skills found in peak performers in a specific job role within their organisation. These individuals would have undergone an eight to 12 weeks intensive institutional training to attain skills that have been identified together with the organisation. Employers are closely involved in developing the curriculum, identifying suitable participants for the programme, and recruitment.
For enquiries, write to Enterprise_engage@ssg.gov.sg.