Skills Framework for Design

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What Is it?

The Skills Framework (SFw) is a SkillsFuture initiative developed for the Singapore workforce to promote skills mastery and lifelong learning, and is an integral component of the Professional Services Industry Transformation Plan.

Jointly developed by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), Workforce Singapore (WSG), and Design Singapore Council (Dsg), together with industry associations, training providers, organisations and unions, the Skills Framework for Design provides useful information on:

 

  • Sector information;

  • Career pathways;

  • Occupations and job roles;

  • Existing and emerging skills; and

  • Training programmes for skills upgrading and mastery.

Who Is It For?

Individuals who wish to join or progress within the Design sector, to assess their career interest, identify relevant training programmes to upgrade their skills and prepare for the desired job roles.

Employers will be able to recognise these skills and invest in training their employees for career development and skills upgrading.

Training providers can gain insights on sector trends, existing and emerging skills that are in demand, and design programmes to address the industry needs accordingly.

How Does It Work?

The SFw for Design contains information on trends, career pathways, occupations, job roles, skills and competencies and training programmes.


(i) Sector Information

This section provides information on the SFw for Design, including information on trends and workforce profiles in the sector.

Click here to download the Guide to Occupations and Skills for the SFw for Design.


(ii) Career Pathways

The Career Pathways show the possible options for vertical and lateral progression for advancement and growth. Four (4) tracks, (i) Design, (ii) Business, (iii) Innovation and (iv) Technology, which encompass 25 job roles.

Click to download the Career Pathways for the Design sector. [PDF]

 

(iii) Skills Map

The Skills Maps covers a total of 25 job roles, critical work functions, key tasks and skills and competencies aligned to the four tracks.


(a) View the Occupations/Job Roles under the SFw for Design

Click on the tracks listed below to download the Skills Map for each track.

Design

  • Designer [PDF/Word]
  • Visualiser/Storyteller [PDF/Word]
  • Content Writer [PDF/Word]
  • Lead Designer [PDF/Word]
  • Lead Visualiser/Lead Storyteller [PDF/Word]
  • Content Strategist [PDF/Word]
  • Principal Designer [PDF/Word]
  • Chief Design Officer/Chief Innovation Officer/Chief Experience Officer/Chief Strategy Officer [PDF/Word]

Business

  • Design Facilitator [PDF/Word]
  • Design Coach/Design Accelerator [PDF/Word]
  • Product Manager [PDF/Word]
  • Design Project Manager [PDF/Word]
  • Design Production Manager [PDF/Word]
  • Head of Transformation [PDF/Word]
  • Head of Projects/Head of Products [PDF/Word]
  • Head of Design Production [PDF/Word]

Innovation 

  • Design Researcher [PDF/Word]
  • Strategist/Business Designer [PDF/Word]
  • Lead Design Researcher [PDF/Word]
  • Lead Service Designer/Lead Experience Designer [PDF/Word]
  • Lead Strategist/Lead Business Designer [PDF/Word]
  • Principal Design Researcher [PDF/Word]
  • Principal Service Designer/Principal Experience Designer [PDF/Word]
  • Head of Strategy [PDF/Word]

Technology

 

(iv) Skills and Competencies

The Skills and Competencies identified for each of the job roles fall under two broad classifications: (i) Technical Skills and Competencies, and (ii) Generic Skills and Competencies.


(a) View the Technical Skills and Competencies for the SFw for Design

Technical Skills and Competencies comprise occupation/job-specific knowledge, skills and abilities that a person needs to have to perform the various tasks.

Click on the following link to download the Overview of Technical Skills and Competencies for the SFw for Design. [PDF]

 

Analytical Thinking

  • Conceptual Thinking [PDF/Word]
  • Critical Thinking [PDF/Word]
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation [PDF/Word]
  • Data and Information Visualisation [PDF/Word]
  • Systems Thinking [PDF/Word]

Business Development

  • Business Negotiation [PDF/Word]
  • Business Presentation Delivery [PDF/Word]

Business Strategy

  • Behavioural Economics in Design [PDF/Word]
  • Brand Management [PDF/Word]
  • Business Model Innovation [PDF/Word]
  • Business Risk Management [PDF/Word]
  • Creative Entrepreneurship [PDF/Word]
  • Emerging Technology Synthesis [PDF/Word]
  • Market Research [PDF/Word]
  • Product Management [PDF/Word]
  • Scenario and Strategic Planning [PDF/Word]
  • Trend Forecasting [PDF/Word]

Corporate Governance and Policies

  • Design Sustainability and Ethics Management [PDF/Word]
  • Intellectual Property Management [PDF/Word]

Creativity

  • Aesthetic and Design Sensibility [PDF/Word]
  • Cultural Sensitivity for Design [PDF/Word]
  • Design Thinking Practice [PDF/Word]
  • Empathetic Design [PDF/Word]
  • Imagination and Exploration [PDF/Word]

Design Communication

General Management

Stakeholder and Contract Management

  • Business Opportunities Development [PDF/Word]
  • Contract Development and Management [PDF/Word]
  • Stakeholder Management [PDF/Word]

Technical Craft

  • Design Creation and Development [PDF/Word]
  • Design Sketching [PDF/Word]
  • Design Standards and Specifications [PDF/Word]
  • Digital and Physical Prototyping [PDF/Word]
  • Form Giving [PDF/Word]
  • Interaction Design Practice [PDF/Word]
  • Material Studies and Production Processes [PDF/Word]
  • Product and Production Engineering [PDF/Word]
  • Qualitative Research [PDF/Word]
  • Quantitative Research [PDF/Word]
  • Technical Drawing [PDF/Word]
  • User Experience Design [PDF/Word]
  • User Testing and Usability Testing [PDF/Word]

(b) View the Generic Skills and Competencies for the SFw for Design

Generic Skills and Competencies are employability/transferable skills and competencies.

Click on the following link to download the Overview of Generic Skills and Competencies for the SFw for Design. [PDF/Word]


(v) Training Programmes

The Training Programmes provide information on skills acquisition that are available for new entrants and in-service personnel to acquire skills and competencies required for various job roles in the Design sector.

 

(a) View the Training Programmes for new entrants

These are programmes that equip new entrants with skills and knowledge for the specific job role in the sector at their respective entry level.

Click on the tracks below to download the respective training programme for each job role. 

  • Design [PDF/Word]
  • Business [PDF/Word]
  • Innovation [PDF/Word]
  • Technology [PDF/Word]
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    (b) View the Training Programmes for in-service employees

    For in-service employees who work in the Design sector and who aspire to take on more challenging roles at work, you can identify and enrol in the training programmes listed here to acquire the relevant skills.

    Design

    • Designer [PDF/Word]
    • Visualiser/Storyteller [PDF/Word]
    • Content Writer [PDF/Word]
    • Lead Designer [PDF/Word]
    • Lead Visualiser/Lead Storyteller [PDF/Word]
    • Content Strategist [PDF/Word]
    • Principal Designer [PDF/Word]
    • Chief Design Officer/Chief Innovation Officer/Chief Experience Officer/Chief Strategy Officer [PDF/Word]

    Business

    • Design Facilitator [PDF/Word]
    • Design Coach/Design Accelerator [PDF/Word]
    • Product Manager [PDF/Word]
    • Design Project Manager [PDF/Word]
    • Design Production Manager [PDF/Word]
    • Head of Transformation [PDF/Word]
    • Head of Projects/Head of Products [PDF/Word]
    • Head of Design Production [PDF/Word]

    Innovation 

    • Design Researcher [PDF/Word]
    • Strategist/Business Designer [PDF/Word]
    • Lead Design Researcher [PDF/Word]
    • Lead Service Designer/Lead Experience Designer [PDF/Word]
    • Lead Strategist/Lead Business Designer [PDF/Word]
    • Principal Design Researcher [PDF/Word]
    • Principal Service Designer/Principal Experience Designer [PDF/Word]
    • Head of Strategy [PDF/Word]

    Technology

     

    (c) View the Training Programmes for Generic Skills and Competencies (GSCs)

    These are programmes through which individuals can acquire the GSCs, which are transferable and can be applied across sectors. The GSCs facilitate employability by supporting individuals in acquiring relevant Technical Skills and Competencies (TSCs) for various job roles in different sectors. Please click [PDF/Word] to access the GSC training programme listing.

     

    In-service personnel can identify the top five GSCs which are required for respective job roles by referencing the Skills Maps listed in Section (iii) (a) above before referring to the listing to identify training programmes for GSCs which are considered as critical for the job roles.

     

    For more information on Training Programmes, please visit the respective training providers’ websites or http://www.skillsfuture.sg/credit.

    Skills Framework Templates

     

    This section helps users to populate Skills Framework content into editable Microsoft Word templates.

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      SKILLS FRAMEWORK WORKSHOP


      We encourage enterprises that are keen to learn how Skills Framework can enhance their Human Resource practices to sign up for the Skills Framework Workshop.

       

      HOW you will benefit

      • Understand the intent and purpose of the Skills Framework
      • Comprehend the components of the Skills Framework
      • Enhance HR practices in the areas of talent attraction, performance and career management, learning and development through the Skills Framework
      • Adopt the Skills Framework to improve people strategy and business outcomes

       

      WHO should attend

      • HR practitioners who: 
        • Develop strategic HR policies and processes
        • Develop in-house workplace learning tools and platforms
        • Review strategic alignment between corporate vision and human capabilities
      • Line managers and leaders who develop and deploy performance support tools

       

      Click HERE to register your interest for the workshop.

       

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      We encourage enterprises who require further help to apply Skills Framework to sign up for the Skills Framework Clinic.

       

      HOW you will benefit

      • Come with ready problem statements, questions or challenges concerning applying Skills Framework in your enterprise
      • Receive advice on how Skills Framework can be implemented as solutions to attract, empower and develop talent 

       

      WHO should attend

      • HR practitioners who: 
        • Have attended the Skills Framework workshop or are familiar with the Skills Framework
        • Require additional support to better integrate applications of Skills Framework with human resources systems and processes

       

      Click HERE to register your interest for the clinic.