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Press Releases - 2017

03/10/2017

Accountancy Sector receives more Government support with the Launch of New Skills Framework and Sapphire Initiative

Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State for Law and Finance, launched two initiatives – the Skills Framework for Accountancy; and SAPPHIRE for the Accountancy sector today at the Singapore Accountancy and Audit Convention 2017. These initiatives were launched to equip the workforce with relevant and emerging skills to support the rapid transformation of the Accountancy sector in today’s digital age.

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22/09/2017

Official Launch of Skills Framework for Logistics to Catalyse Transformation of Logistics Sector

The Skills Framework for Logistics was officially launched at the grand opening of Supply Chain City this morning, as part of the government’s push to accelerate transformation across the logistics sector. The Skills Framework echoes Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s speech at the event, where he outlined the importance of productivity and innovation, alongside manpower efforts and enterprise-focused strategies, in catalysing the overall growth of the industry. PM Lee also discussed the support extended to companies to catalyse growth beyond Singapore.

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20/09/2017

Electronics Industry Transformation Map - Building the Electronics Industry of Tomorrow

Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry), launched the Electronics Industry Transformation Map (ITM) today at the opening of JTC nanoSpace @ Tampines. Developed by a multi-agency team together with industry partners, unions and trade associations, the ITM maps out strategies that will build the electronics industry of tomorrow. Through the ITM efforts, the industry is expected to achieve a manufacturing value-add of S$22.2 billion and introduce 2,100 new PMET jobs by 2020.

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14/09/2017

More individuals and companies benefit from training in 2016

SkillsFuture Singapore has issued its first report on the State of the Training Industry. In 2016, a record 418,000 individuals took up 950,000 training places funded by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG). This is an increase from 379,000 individuals in 2015 who took up 835,000 places. This increase is partly driven by the launch of the national SkillsFuture movement. It also corresponds with a rise in Singapore’s overall training participation rate to 42% in 2016, the highest in recent years.

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18/08/2017

Crime Advisory: Impersonation of government officials to obtain SingPass credentials.

The Police have observed an increase in reports on individuals impersonating themselves as government officials to deceive members of the public into divulging their Singapore Personal Access (“SingPass”) credentials.

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04/08/2017

Higher productivity, easier, safer and smarter jobs for Food Services and Retail industries through manpower initiatives

Employers from the Food Services and Retail sectors can look forward to more Government support to sustain growth and overcome manpower crunch as they tackle the challenges of a changing labour market landscape.

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02/08/2017

SkillsFuture Fellowships and SkillsFuture Employer Awards presented to exemplary Singaporeans and Employers

The inaugural SkillsFuture Fellowships and SkillsFuture Employer Awards ceremony was held today where a total of 27 individuals and 14 employers were presented the awards from President Tony Tan Keng Yam, the Patron for both awards.

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25/07/2017

ITE Offers New Apprenticeship-based Work-Learn Technical Diplomas

To build on ITE’s core strength where students learn by doing, ITE will be offering four new Work-Learn Technical Diploma (WLTD) Programmes, starting from April 2018. These new programmes will be offered in collaboration with employers in Singapore. They are:

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11/07/2017

Four Individuals from Biz HR Solutionz Pte Ltd, Charged for SkillsFuture Credit Abuse

Four individuals involved with training provider, Biz HR Solutionz Pte Ltd (“Biz HR”), have been charged for abusing the SkillsFuture Credit (“SFC”) scheme.

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30/05/2017

$120,000 SkillsFuture Study Awards for Persons with Disabilities and Disability Employment Professionals

A total of $120,000 in SkillsFuture Study Awards has been awarded to 22 persons with disabilities and 2 disability employment professionals to support them in acquiring new skills through a variety of training opportunities, including professional training courses, specialist diplomas, and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

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26/04/2017

Revision to SkillsFuture Credit Claims Processes

With effect from 19 May 2017, SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) will revise the SkillsFuture Credit (SFC) claims processes to reduce the risk of abuse. Under the new process, while individuals will continue to submit SFC claims, all SFC payments by SSG will be made to training providers instead of individuals. Training providers will collect net fees from individuals, after offsetting the SFC that will be used.

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25/04/2017

"K" Line and Industry Veteran Patrick Phoon Win Top Honours at Singapore International Maritime Awards 2017

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) today honoured ten industry partners who have made outstanding contributions to Singapore's development as a premier global hub port and a leading international maritime centre at the Singapore International Maritime Awards (IMA) 2017.

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29/03/2017

More Polytechnic and ITE Graduates to Benefit with Expansion of SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme

SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) is expanding the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme (ELP) to provide more polytechnic and ITE graduates with opportunities to pursue their learning and career goals.

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24/02/2017

SkillsFuture Singapore Takes Enforcement Action Against Individuals Who Submitted False Claims For SkillsFuture Credit

SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) has taken enforcement action against about 4,400 individuals who submitted false SkillsFuture Credit claims.

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05/02/2017

SkillsFuture: 2016 Year in Review

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08/01/2017

Steady Progress in Implementation of SkillsFuture Credit

More than 126,000 Singaporeans have used the SkillsFuture Credit to up-skill or re-skill themselves by end December 2016, in the first year of this scheme. 34% of them have tapped on their SkillsFuture Credit more than once. The number of training courses eligible for the SkillsFuture Credit has also increased steadily from more than 10,000 in January 2016 to over 18,000 by December 2016.

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05/01/2017

New SkillsFuture Credit Publicity Guidelines

SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) has released a new set of guidelines to training providers of SkillsFuture Credit-eligible courses to provide clarity on the appropriate publicity efforts of their programmes.

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Press Releases - 2016

21/11/2016

Transforming the Hotel Industry for Sustainable Growth

The Hotel Industry Transformation Map (ITM) was launched today by Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry).

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18/11/2016

Food Manufacturing Industry Transformation Map to Develop Singapore into Asia’s Leading Food and Nutrition Hub

Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, and Culture, Community and Youth launched the Food Manufacturing Industry Transformation Map (ITM) today at the inaugural Food Innovation Product Award Ceremony. With the vision to develop Singapore into the leading food and nutrition hub in Asia with globally-competitive food companies, the ITM strives to catalyse a compound annual growth rate of 4.5% in productivity and create some 2,000 new Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians (PMET) jobs for the Food Manufacturing industry, from now till 2020.

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16/11/2016

Logistics Industry Transformation Map to Strengthen Singapore’s Position as a Globally Leading Logistics Hub

Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry), launched the Logistics Industry Transformation Map (ITM) today at the groundbreaking of JTC’s Logistics Hub @ Gul. Developed by a multi-agency team which includes International Enterprise Singapore (IE Singapore), JTC Corporation (JTC), SPRING Singapore, Workforce Singapore (WSG) and led by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), the Logistics ITM maps out strategies that will reinforce Singapore’s position as a globally leading logistics hub through operations excellence, innovation and a strong Singaporean core. Transformation of the industry is expected to achieve a value-add of S$8.3 billion and introduce 2,000 new PMET jobs by 2020.

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12/11/2016

SkillsFuture Fellowships and SkillsFuture Employer Awards to be Launched in Mid-December 2016

Two new SkillsFuture Awards, the SkillsFuture Fellowships and the SkillsFuture Employer Awards, will be available for application from Mid-December 2016 to recognise individuals who have developed skills mastery and employers who are exemplary in investing in their employees’ skills development respectively. This was announced by Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills), at the kick-off event for the two-week long Lifelong Learning Festival 2016 today.

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12/11/2016

Two-Week Lifelong Learning Festival to Inspire Lifelong Learning Led by the Community, with the Community

For the first time, the Lifelong Learning Festival 2016 (LLF 2016), will be held over a two-week period with a range of activities planned across the island. The festival is aimed at building a culture of lifelong learning in support of the SkillsFuture Movement. With the theme "Every Day A Learning Day; By the community, with the community", the Festival will highlight the community as important champions of lifelong learning in encouraging a culture where Singaporeans actively seek out opportunities to learn, empowered and enabled by resources available within their communities.

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03/11/2016

Key Recommendations to Elevate Training and Adult Education Sector

The Training and Adult Education Sector Transformation Plan (TAESTP) was launched today to raise the quality of Training and Adult Education (TAE) in Singapore, and support the expansion of this sector. In line with the SkillsFuture movement, the TAESTP aims to transform the TAE sector, in order to enable Singaporeans to keep pace with the changing skills needs of the economy and achieve skills mastery.

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21/10/2016

Tripartite Partners Collaborate to Offer Integrated Career Services in the Infocomm Technology Sector

A new industry initiative was announced today by the tripartite partners to bring the Infocomm Technology (ICT) profession to the next stage of skills development and career readiness, essential to building a ready and adaptable workforce for the future economy. New programmes were introduced to provide integrated support to job seekers and ICT professionals tapping on the industry network of trade associations and chambers, professional bodies and unions to help drive mindset change and raise adaptability, match skills with jobs, and build capabilities to meet current and emerging needs.

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01/10/2016

New Manpower Plan Unveiled to Create More Rewarding Careers for Early Childhood Educators

A new Early Childhood Manpower Plan was announced today by Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, at the Early Childhood Conference 2016. An annual event organised by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), the conference was attended by over 1,200 educators this year.

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23/09/2016

Hotel Industry Set To Transform With New Manpower And Skills Development Initiatives

The hotel industry can now boost its skills development efforts and talent pipeline with the launch of two new initiatives – the Professional Conversion Programme for Professional Executives and the Skills Framework for Hotel and Accommodation Services (HAS). These two initiatives were launched by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) at the Hotel Day today to create greater awareness of exciting job opportunities and career progression pathways in the Hotel sector and equip the workforce with relevant and emerging skills to support the transformation of the hotel industry.

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17/09/2016

SkillsFuture Study Awards Opens for Persons with Disabilities and Disability Employment Professionals

Persons with disabilities and disability employment professionals can now apply for the SkillsFuture Study Awards through SG Enable. The study awards support early to mid-career Singapore Citizens in developing and deepening skills in economic growth sectors or areas of demand. Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development, announced that two new categories of the study awards are open for applications during the SG Enable Training and Career Fair 2016 held at the Enabling Village.

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22/08/2016

New Career Head-start for Participants of the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme for Energy and Chemicals

The SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme for energy and chemicals sector will give the first batch of 26 trainees a head-start in their careers.

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29/07/2016

WDA Suspends Training Providers

Following recent audits conducted by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), three training providers, Biz HR Solutionz Pte. Ltd., A.I. Industries Pte. Ltd. and Alliance Continens Pte. Ltd., have been suspended from all WDA funding and grant assistance. WDA has referred the matter to the Commercial Affairs Department of the Singapore Police Force.

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12/07/2016

SkillsFuture Crucial for Developing Future-Ready Workforce

The Switzerland-Singapore Business Forum, titled SkillsFuture – Developing a Future Ready Workforce, was held in Singapore today (12 July 2016). The Forum was jointly hosted by the His Excellency Mr Johann Schneider-Ammann, President of the Swiss Confederation and Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, and Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam. The Forum was part of Mr Schneider-Ammann’s State Visit to Singapore. It underscored the excellent bilateral relations between the two countries and the national efforts by both Governments on skills development.

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09/07/2016

SkillsFuture Study Awards Offered to About 349 Singaporeans for Skills Mastery

349 Singaporeans have obtained the SkillsFuture Study Awards in recognition of their efforts and continued commitment to skills mastery. They include individual applicants as well as employees who were nominated by their employers from across 13 areas of specialisation, ranging from air transport to infocomm technology to social service. The highest number of awards were offered to those pursuing skills deepening in financial, built environment and internationalisation as their area of specialisation.

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24/06/2016

Singapore Celebrates Day of the Seafarer 2016 & Launches Three SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programmes for the Maritime Sector

To celebrate the ‘Day of Seafarer 2016’, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU) and the Singapore Organisation of Seamen (SOS) jointly distributed 600 gift hampers to ships that called at our ports today. MPA will also be contributing an annual sum of $150,000 to support the work of various seafarers’ missions to look after the seafarers’ welfare when they call at our shores.

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14/06/2016

Republic Polytechnic Launches Skillsfuture Earn And Learn Programme For Hotel Sector With Largest Student Intake To Date

Republic Polytechnic (RP) welcomed the largest SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme (ELP) cohort, with 48 fresh diploma graduates enrolled in its first intake of the ELP for Hotel Sector. The programme leads to a Specialist Diploma in Hospitality Business Management.

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31/05/2016

Driving Workforce Transformation with Food Services Sectoral Manpower Plan

Mr S. Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry), launched the Food Services Sectoral Manpower Plan (SMP) today. Developed by SPRING Singapore (SPRING) and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) in consultation with industry stakeholders and unions, the five-year SMP contains strategies and initiatives to make every job better, reduce reliance on manual labour and build skills for local workers to progress in the Food Services sector. It complements the second Food Services Productivity Plan1 to drive the sector’s transformation towards being manpower-lean. Food Services companies will receive support in strengthening their capabilities to enhance business models and improve quality of jobs, while employees can look forward to re-skilling and up-skilling opportunities.

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20/05/2016

Formation Of The Council For Skills, Innovation And Productivity

A tripartite Council for Skills, Innovation and Productivity (CSIP) will be established with effect from 20 May 2016, to take forward the efforts undertaken to date by the SkillsFuture Council and the National Productivity Council (NPC). The CSIP will also develop and implement the Industry Transformation Maps announced in Budget 2016.

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19/05/2016

NYP and WDA collaborate to launch two new SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programmes for the Design sector

From enhancing visual appeal to improving functionality, the roles of designers have expanded beyond the aesthetics, making them key contributors in various aspects of different organisations. Designers, like engineers, are increasingly seen as innovative and enterprising problem-solvers. As expectations of designers grow in tandem with technological advancement, skilful and capable designers are required more than ever in a multitude of industries.

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06/05/2016

Launch of the Sectoral Manpower Plan for the Public Bus Industry

Senior Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Transport, Mrs Josephine Teo unveiled the Sectoral Manpower Plan for the public bus industry today. Developed by the Public Transport Sectoral Tripartite Committee 1, the Sectoral Manpower Plan supports the SkillsFuture movement to establish effective manpower strategies for the bus industry.

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14/04/2016

Over 300 awards from Government agencies under the Ministry of Communications and Information will open for applications from 15 April 2016 to 14 June 2016

The applications for the SkillsFuture Study Awards for the Infocomm, Media and Design sectors will open from 15 April 2016 to 14 June 2016.

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22/02/2016

Local Workforce to Deepen Skills in Cutting-Edge Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

More than 400 Singaporeans will have opportunities to deepen their skills in advanced manufacturing techniques through a new series of customised masterclasses.

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26/01/2016

Retail Sector Receives Boost in Talent Development through Integration of Enhanced Internship with SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme

The five polytechnics, Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and five retailers today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to integrate the Enhanced Internship with the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme. Another 11 companies signed a separate MOU to offer Enhanced Internships for retail students. The signings took place at an Industry Practitioner Seminar organised by the Singapore Institute of Retail Studies (SIRS), and was witnessed by Mr Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills).

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12/01/2016

New Statutory Boards to Sharpen Focus on Skills and Employment

The Government will reorganise its functions for effective implementation of two key priorities: the national SkillsFuture initiative and the need to ensure competitiveness and quality jobs for Singaporeans over the long term.

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09/01/2016

Inaugural SkillsFuture Credit Roadshow Launched to Help Singaporeans Kick-Start Their Lifelong Learning Journey

Organised by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA),the SkillsFuture Credit Roadshow was launched today by Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, and SkillsFuture Council Chairman, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, to help Singaporeans take personal ownership of their lifelong learning.

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04/01/2016

Enhanced Support for Aspiring Early Childhood Leaders through SkillsFuture Study Awards

The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) has introduced the SkillsFuture Study Award for Early Childhood (EC) sector to develop and deepen the skills of EC educators to assume leadership responsibilities. This complements the suite of programmes already available to support EC educators at various stages of their career. EC educators who have been nominated by their employers and successfully accepted into the new Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood Leadership (ADECL) programme can apply for the SkillsFuture Study Award.

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Press Releases - 2015

11/12/2015

New SkillsFuture Earn-and-Learn Programme Leading to Advanced Diploma in Accountancy offers alternative pathway for polytechnic graduates to become Chartered Accountants of Singapore

To develop the talent pipeline for the fast-growing Accountancy and Financial Services sector, Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) will offer the SkillsFuture* Earn-and-Learn Programme for the Accountancy and Financial Services sector from August 2016.

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10/12/2015

Retail Sectoral Manpower Plan Aims to Drive Workforce Transformation and Make Every Retail Job Better

Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister for Manpower, announced the launch of the Retail Sectoral Manpower Plan (SMP) today. Developed by SPRING Singapore and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) in consultation with industry stakeholders and unions, the Retail SMP builds a future-ready retail workforce with the skills required to support the sector’s transformation. Retailers will receive support in strengthening their capabilities to enhance jobs and business models, while employees and students can look forward to better learning and training opportunities.

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04/12/2015

SPRING Singapore Launches $45 Million SkillsFuture Mentors Programme to Strengthen SMEs’ Learning and Development Capabilities

Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry), Mr S Iswaran announced that SMEs will be able to tap on a pool of SkillsFuture Mentors to strengthen their learning and development (L&D) capabilities and build up their branding as employers of choice with attractive career development and growth opportunities, during the launch of the programme today.

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03/12/2015

Roll-out of SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme for the Infocomm Sector

The SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme for Software Development developed by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency with Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) for the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, has seen positive interest with a total of 27 polytechnic graduates from Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic, participating in the first run of the programme.

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23/11/2015

IE Singapore Extends Overseas Internship Opportunities under Young Talent Programme to Polytechnic Students

International Enterprise (IE) Singapore signed five MOUs today, extending overseas internship opportunities under the Young Talent Programme (YTP) - Market Immersion programme to students of all five polytechnics in Singapore. An initiative under the national SkillsFuture movement, the programme will enable students of Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic to gain global exposure with local and international companies. The programme, which was previously only available to university students1, have supported over 1,400 students in gaining overseas exposure since 2013.

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20/11/2015

SkillsFuture Credit Course Directory is Now Ready

Starting today, Singaporeans can access the SkillsFuture Credit course directory to explore the list of skills-based courses which will be eligible for SkillsFuture Credit. The directory is part of the eventual SkillsFuture Credit portal, which will be ready for use from 1 January 2016.

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07/11/2015

Skillsfuture Credit To Be Available From 1 January 2016

The SkillsFuture Credit will be available to eligible Singaporeans from January 2016, and it can be used for about 10,000 approved skills-related courses across 57 functional areas covering all the key industries. This was announced by Mr Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills), at the the Lifelong Learning Festival today, held at the Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) from 7 to 8 November 2015.

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28/10/2015

WDA Launches Innovative Learning 2020 (iN.LEARN 2020) to Drive Learning Innovations in Continuing Education and Training

The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) today launched the $27 million national Innovative Learning 2020 strategy (iN.LEARN 2020) to drive innovation in Continuing Education and Training (CET) and support the transformation of the CET landscape. iN.LEARN 2020, a key SkillsFuture initiative, will boost lifelong learning efforts and make learning more accessible, engaging and effective for individuals and organisations.

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20/10/2015

Applications for SkillsFuture Study Awards to Open on 20 October 2015

The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) today announced that applications for the SkillsFuture Study Awards will open from 20 October 2015 onwards.

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09/10/2015

Skillsfuture's First Sectoral Manpower Plan (SMP) Unveiled

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) unveiled today a Sectoral Manpower Plan (SMP) to develop a skilled and productive workforce that is ready to support Singapore’s growing hotel industry. This is the first SMP to be launched under SkillsFuture.

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21/09/2015

WDA Unveils More Support for Skills Deepening through Continuous Learning

From 1 October 2015, Singapore Citizens aged 40 and above will enjoy higher course fee subsidies from the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) under the SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy. More courses will also be available for all individuals to upskill and reskill.

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20/05/2015

WDA and SNEF Jointly Launch New Enterprise Growth Series of Masterclasses in Support of National SkillsFuture Movement

A total of 50 companies today signalled their support for the national SkillsFuture movement through a SkillsFuture Employers’ Pledge Ceremony organised by the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) and supported by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA).

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29/04/2015

WDA Launches SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme for Food Manufacturing Focused on Food Product Innovation, Food Processing as well as Food Safety and Quality Management

1. The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) today launched the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn programme for the food manufacturing sector to provide a career headstart for fresh polytechnic graduates1 in areas with fast-growing industry needs.

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28/03/2015

WDA Launches SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme to Provide Career Headstart for Fresh Polytechnic and ITE Graduates

1. The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) today launched the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn programme, which provides a headstart for fresh polytechnic and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) graduates1 in their careers. 2. Announced in the Budget 2015 statement by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Tharman Shanmugaratnam, the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn programme is designed to match fresh polytechnic and ITE graduates with suitable employers related to their disciplines of study.

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18/03/2015

Over 3,000 PMEs Set to Benefit from P-Max - WDA's Enhanced Place-and-Train Programme for SMEs

Minister for Manpower, Tan Chuan-Jin, today launched P-Max, an enhanced Place-and-Train programme targeted at Professionals, Managers and Executives (PMEs), P-Max will help participating SMEs to better cope with the challenges of talent recruitment, development and retention in a tight labour market.

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06/03/2015

Support for Enhanced Internships in Early Childhood Care and Education Courses

1. As part of the national SkillsFuture movement, the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) will introduce a new Early Childhood Capability Grant to support child care centres and kindergartens that host enhanced internships for students from the full-time Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) courses at the polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE). The enhancements in these internship programmes will better support structured learning at the workplace. This is critical in supporting ECDA’s strategies to attract and retain passionate early childhood professionals by providing them with realistic and meaningful exposure to working in the sector.

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06/03/2015

Appointment of 17 Sector Coordinators Among Post-Secondary Education Institutions and Launch of Skills-Based Modular Courses In 2015

1. SkillsFuture is a national movement that seeks to develop skills for the future and help Singaporeans build a future based on skills mastery. In Budget 2015, DPM Tharman outlined a slate of SkillsFuture initiatives to help every Singaporean to advance based on skills. In the education sector, SkillsFuture efforts include strengthening education and career guidance in schools, enhancing internships to better students' learning at the workplace, and launching the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme to provide fresh graduates from the polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) a head-start in their careers.

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25/02/2015

P-Max

SMEs form 99% of all enterprises in Singapore and have an integral role to play in Singapore's economy. SMEs currently employ around seven out of every ten workers, and contribute nearly half of Singapore's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In today's highly competitive business environment, a critical success factor is the recruitment and retention of talent. However, this is also an area that many SMEs are challenged to overcome in Singapore, with the limited pool of local talent in our tight labour market.

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25/02/2015

SkillsFuture Leadership Development Initiative

1. The SkillsFuture Leadership Development Initiative aims to support aspiring Singaporeans in developing the necessary capabilities to take on increased roles and responsibilities in their respective companies.

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25/02/2015

SkillsFuture Credit

1. To empower Singapore Citizens (SCs) in their learning and skills development, the Government will create a SkillsFuture Credit for all SCs aged 25 and above. SCs can use the SkillsFuture Credit to deepen their skills in existing fields and to broaden their horizon in areas outside their current fields. Every SC aged 25 and above will receive an initial credit of $500. The Government will make further top-ups to their SkillsFuture Credit at regular intervals. These credits will not expire, but can only be used for education and training initiated by individuals, to offset course fees. Subsequent cohorts of SCs will similarly receive an initial credit of $500 in the year that they turn 25.

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25/02/2015

SkillsFuture Fellowships

1. The establishment of the SkillsFuture Jubilee Fund was announced by the Prime Minister in November 2014 to kick-start support for the SkillsFuture movement and to mark the SG50 celebrations. The Fund will comprise donations from employers, unions, the public and the Government. This broad-based involvement signifies everyone being a stakeholder; and the Government will provide a dollar for dollar matching grant for donations raised.

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25/02/2015

SkillsFuture Mentors

1. SPRING Singapore will work with partners in key sectors to build up a pool of SkillsFuture mentors who will help SMEs develop the potential of their workforce.

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25/02/2015

Young Talent Programme (YTP)

1. The Young Talent Programme (YTP) helps young talent have a meaningful international immersion experience and to better prepare them for future global careers. 2. It currently supports Singaporeans from participating local universities including NTU, NUS and SMU to take on market immersion opportunities such as internships and work-study programmes.

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25/02/2015

SkillsFuture Study Awards

1. The SkillsFuture Study Awards aim to equip Singaporeans with the skills needed to benefit from the quality jobs created by our economy. It aims to support individuals, especially those in the early to mid stages of their careers, to develop and deepen specialist skills needed by our future economic growth sectors and in sectors meeting social needs. For example, they may include software developers, satellite engineers or master craftsmen. The awards can also support those who already have deep specialist skills and wish to develop other competencies such as business and cross-cultural skills.

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25/02/2015

Enhanced Internships

1. The post-secondary institutions (PSEIs), in collaboration with industry partners, will enhance internships to provide students with a more meaningful experience and better support for structured learning at the workplace. This is in line with the national SkillsFuture movement to develop an integrated, high quality system of education, training and career development that responds to constantly evolving industry needs.

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25/02/2015

Sectoral Manpower Plans (SMP)

1. The Sectoral Manpower Plan (SMP) is a key initiative under SkillsFuture that brings together employers, unions, education and training providers, trade associations and the Government, to project future skills needs and set out a systematic plan to develop those skills in the local workforce. It takes a sectoral and forward-looking approach to developing the skills needed for our economic and social sectors.

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25/02/2015

Education and Career Guidance (ECG)

1. To help individuals make better informed education and career choices in school and beyond graduation, a more structured and comprehensive Education and Career Guidance (ECG) system will be put in place to provide relevant and timely support to individuals at different life stages. National efforts led by MOE and WDA will be coordinated across public sector agencies, and in collaboration with industry partners. Key initiatives in the near term are outlined below.

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25/02/2015

SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy

1. In line with the objectives of SkillsFuture to support and encourage lifelong learning and help Singapore Citizens (SCs) stay responsive to a changing workplace, and in recognition that mid-career individuals may face greater challenges in undertaking training, the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) will implement enhanced course subsidies for mid-career individuals from 1 October 2015. This was announced by the Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Chairman of SkillsFuture Council, at the Singapore Budget 2015.

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25/02/2015

Skills-Based Modular Courses

1. In line with the objectives of SkillsFuture to support and encourage lifelong learning and help Singapore Citizens (SCs) stay responsive to a changing workplace, the Ministry of Education (MOE) will be introducing more skills-based modular courses at post-secondary education institutions (PSEIs) (i.e. the Institute of Technical Education [ITE], polytechnics and universities) later this year at the following levels:

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25/02/2015

SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme

1. The Earn and Learn programme is a work-study programme designed to give fresh graduates from polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) a head-start in careers related to their discipline of study. It provides them with more opportunities to build on the skills and knowledge they acquired in school after graduation, and to better support their transition into the workforce.

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25/02/2015

Individual Learning Portfolio (ILP)

1. The Individual Learning Portfolio is a one-stop online education, training and jobs portal that will help Singaporeans take charge of their career and lifelong learning.

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25/02/2015

Innovation Lab (iN.LAB)

1. An Innovation Lab known as iN.LAB will be set up by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency’s (WDA) Institute for Adult Learning (IAL), at the Lifelong Learning Institute. iN.LAB is a key initiative under the SkillsFuture Council’s drive to promote technology in learning and propel innovative learning design and delivery, so as to enhance learning experience and efficacy. It will provide a conducive environment to support Continuing Education and Training (CET) partners and practitioners in their efforts to cultivate collaboration and experimentation, build capabilities and establish network to develop innovative learning solutions that would benefit learners and the CET Community.

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SPEECHES - 2016

03/11/2016

Speech by Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister For Education (Higher Education and Skills) at the Adult Learning Symposium 2016

By Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister For Education (Higher Education and Skills)

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09/07/2016

Speech by Mr Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) at the Skillsfuture Study Awards Ceremony

By Mr Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills)

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14/06/2016

Speech by Ms Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Trade and Industry, at the Official Launch of the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme for the Hotel Sector

By Ms Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Trade and Industry

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06/05/2016

Speech by Mrs Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Ministry of Transport, at the Launch of the SkillsFuture Sectoral Manpower Plan for the Public Bus Industry

By Mrs Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Ministry of Transport

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26/02/2016

Speech by Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies at the Inclusive Business Forum

By Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies

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22/02/2016

Speech by Ms Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Trade and Industry, at the “Future Skills for Advanced Manufacturing” Event

By Ms Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Trade and Industry

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09/01/2016

Speech by Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies at the Launch of the SkillsFuture Credit Inaugural Roadshow

By Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister For Economic And Social Policies

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SPEECHES - 2015

04/12/2015

Speech by Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) at the Launch of Skillsfuture Mentors Programme

By Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry)

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07/11/2015

Opening Address By Mr Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister For Education (Higher Education and Skills) at the Lifelong Learning Festival 2015

By Mr Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister For Education (Higher Education and Skills)

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28/10/2015

Speech by Ms Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Trade and Industry, and Mayor, South West CDC at the Launch of iN.LEARN 2020 and Opening of iN.LAB

By Ms Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Trade and Industry, and Mayor, South West CDC

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30/06/2015

Extract of Keynote Address at Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) Annual Dinner

By Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman, Monetary Authority of Singapore

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20/05/2015

Speech by Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Finance, at the SkillsFuture Employers’ Pledge Ceremony

By Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Finance

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29/04/2015

Speech by Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Manpower and Health, at the Launch of the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme for Food Manufacturing

By Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Manpower and Health

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27/03/2015

Speech by Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Manpower and Health, at the Launch of the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme

By Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Manpower and Health

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25/02/2015

Budget Speech 2015 - Section C: Developing Our People

By Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Finance and Chairman of the SkillsFuture Council

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