Leadership programme for workplace safety, health officers

Leadership programme for workplace safety, health officers
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Published: 1:32 PM, November 5, 2015
Updated: 10:12 PM, November 5, 2015

SINGAPORE — Starting next year, Work Health and Safety (WSH) professionals keen on moving from middle to higher management positions can look forward to a new programme aimed to help them do exactly that.

A joint effort by The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) U Associate and the Singapore Institution of Safety Officers (SISO), the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Leadership Programme was unveiled at the 13th SISO Annual Workplace Safety and Health Officers Conference today (Nov 5).

The year-long WSH leadership programme aims to equip 50 WSH officers in middle management positions who are interested to take up senior management roles with leadership and soft skills such as presentation and negotiation skills, as well as communicating with C-suite executives.

42-year-old Jasmine Nah, a HSEQS (Health and Safety, Environment, Quality and Sustainability) Regional Manager in Asia for Aurecon, who had taken courses from SISO before, said she was looking forward to participating in the new programme to gain “a better understanding of health and safety culture across the globe”.

She said: “It’s…a good chance to network with people in the industry and share the common practices around and see what other people are doing. So it’s a good forum for us to meet people, network, and learn more new things.”

NTUC assistant secretary-general Yeo Guat Kwang said that while professionals in the WSH industry have the technical expertise, “they may need higher level leadership and soft skills needed to take on management positions in their organisations”.

Participants must be registered with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and have had at least eight years of WSH experience.

Through this programme, NTUC U Associate also hopes to strengthen the outreach to professionals, managers and executives (PMEs). Mr Vivek Kumar, the director of NTUC U Associate and Future Leaders Programme, said: “NTUC U Associate hopes to create a collaborative ecosystem where our U Associate partners can come together to tap on each other’s resources and achieve economies of scale that will ultimately benefit PMEs in Singapore.”