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New scheme to bump up training for job-seekers

SINGAPORE — The Government will introduce an “Attach and Train” programme aimed at helping workers to get jobs in sectors with good growth prospects but where companies may not be ready to hire just yet.

SINGAPORE — The Government will introduce an “Attach and Train” programme aimed at helping workers to get jobs in sectors with good growth prospects but where companies may not be ready to hire just yet.

Under this initiative, industry partners are encouraged to first send participants for training and work attachments, which will increase their chances of finding a job in those sectors, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said yesterday, adding that the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will share further details at its Committee of Supply debate in Parliament after the Budget.

This new programme is part of efforts to strengthen the “Adapt and Grow” initiative that was launched last year by MOM to help Singaporeans get jobs, including those looking to make a mid-career switch, given the economic slowdown and ongoing structural shifts.

Mr Heng said that the three schemes under this existing initiative — the Career Support Programme, the Professional Conversion Programme and the Work Trial Programme — will also receive an increase in wage and training support. They are mostly geared towards helping professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) who want to gain new skills, or are undergoing career transitions.

The Lifelong Learning Endowment Fund managed by Workforce Singapore (renamed from Singapore Workforce Development Agency) and the Skills Development Fund run by SkillsFuture Singapore will be committing an extra sum of up to S$26 million to support the new and existing initiatives.

Apart from expanding the use of e-learning in supporting workers’ training, there will also be more short, modular courses offered by universities, polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education. FARIS MOKHTAR

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