SINGAPORE — From October, non-graduates who are in the Public Service’s Management Support Officers (MSO) scheme can expect faster career progression if they perform well and are assessed to be ready to take on larger responsibilities, said the Public Service Division (PSD) today (Aug 26).
This means they can receive their first promotion in two to four years compared to the current three to six years. And if they continue to do well, their subsequent promotions will also be faster, said the PSD.
It also said that it is studying merging the Management Executive Scheme — a scheme that typically most graduates enter when they join the public service — and the Management Support Scheme.
The announcement comes after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said during his National Day Rally earlier this month that the Public Service would be looking at ways to offer non-graduates more fulfilling careers.
The PSD said single schemes of service are already available in several public agencies, such as the People’s Association (PA), the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) and the Home Team Specialist Scheme.
Mr James Wong, PSD’s Deputy Secretary (Policy), said while fresh graduate and non-graduate officers are appointed at different starting salaries, it is their job performance and relevant skills that determine their career progression.
“As long as an officer does his work well and shows the potential to take on larger responsibilities, he will move up the ranks whether or not he is a graduate. Or put it another way, graduates and non-graduates can now progress at similar rates, based on their level of performance and potential,” he said in a statement.
He added that they will develop their employees by letting them manage projects and lead teams, and provide them opportunities for further education and training to continually upgrade their skills.