5 Career Centres of Workforce Singapore Have Helped 18,300 Job Seekers till September 2016

November 29, 201610:08 am535 views

On the lines of recent mandate issued by MOM for companies to notify the Ministry ahead of its retrenchment exercise, this allows for Workforce Singapore to help the unemployed retrenched workers at the earliest.

Mr Tan Choon Shian, the chairman of the Taskforce for Responsible Retrenchment and Employment Facilitation said the Workforce Singapore has helped 18,300 job seekers to include 3,000 retrenched workers until September 2016, and successfully placed 11,400 of them.

About one in three jobseekers assisted and placed was under 40, almost four in ten were PMETs and the same proportion of job seekers was long-term unemployed. 35 percent of the long-term unemployed jobseekers were assisted to find jobs.

At a recent visit to the Lifelong Learning Center, employers shared their experiences of hiring retrenched workers under the government’s Adapt and Grow initiative with Mr. Lim Swee Say, Minister of Manpower Singapore. While some employers in the security sector said keeping workers for more than two weeks was a challenge, others said the major area of concern was when workers left jobs securing better salary offers elsewhere.

Mr Tan Choon Shian, Taskforce Chairman and Chief Executive of WSG said, “WSG will continue to strengthen its employment facilitation support for retrenched individuals and job seekers to meet the needs of hiring employers and facilitate job matching. We would also ramp up our outreach initiatives to ensure that retrenching companies and individuals are offered timely support and assistance. We strongly encourage individuals affected from the ongoing economic restructuring to approach WSG or e2i to guide them on their journey back into employment.”

As in instance on the case of Archroma, a colour and speciality chemicals company had to move its laboratory team to Thailand and retrench five local companies. The company alerted MOM five months prior to the retrenchment activity taking place, thus allowing Government agency Workforce Singapore to provide on-site briefing and career services to affected employees.

Archroma is one among the very few companies who notify MOM much ahead of the retrenchments, but they are still a minority. Mr Tan Jit Khoon, chief executive of Winson Press, suggests incentives for workers to stay on for at least a year.


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