Jobseekers in Singapore will get help finding new jobs from the government. In Parliament yesterday, Manpower Minister Josephine Teo said that at least eight satellite career centres are available in towns such as Jurong West, Sengkang and Woodlands. These career centres come under the new SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package introduced in May.
Previously, Workers’ Party MP Gerald Giam (Aljunied GRC) had asked whether unskilled job seekers can get help through other channels besides SGUnited Jobs and Skills Centres. He had said such centres seemed to focus on placing PMETs. Responding to this, Mrs Teo said that most of the job matches made via this package have been for non-PMET (professional, managerial, executive and technician) positions.
However, she also said that matching people to PMET jobs could take longer. Based on their experience, it has actually been easier to match people in non-PMET roles. She added: “Right now, the focus has to be on the companies making these opportunities available to job seekers, letting the job seekers know that they are interested to take in people as trainees or for mid-career attachments.”
Besides these satellite career centres, workers hunting for a job can also turn to other “touch points” with a similarly comprehensive list of vacancies available at companies. These touch points include the five permanent career centres of the National Trades Union Congress’ Employment and Employability Institute, and Workforce Singapore, The New Paper reports.
Mrs Teo told the House that her ministry is also working with trade associations and business chambers of commerce as well as the Singapore Business Federation to match people and jobs. The federation is maintaining the list of approved companies with vacancies.