Government’s two-pronged approach to help graduates secure good jobs

January 30, 201510:37 am467 views
Government’s two-pronged approach to help graduates secure good jobs
Government's two-pronged approach to help graduates secure good jobs

SINGAPORE: The Republic will continue to grow its knowledge-intensive industries to create jobs, and invest heavily in equipping Singaporeans with the skills to take on these jobs. That is the Government’s two-pronged approach to help university graduates in Singapore secure good jobs, said Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang on Thursday (Jan 29).

He was responding to a question in Parliament by Member of Parliament Gan Thiam Poh, about what has been done so far to ensure the nation’s rising number of university graduates get quality and fulfilling jobs.

Mr Lim explained how this strategy is implemented in the advanced manufacturing sector.

The Government is helping businesses to adopt and leverage new technologies, transforming the way these companies operate and in turn, creating new growth and business opportunities, as well as jobs that have the potential for good career development.

“These jobs will require deep skills and multi-disciplinary knowledge, and the ability to synthesize the two. One example is a manufacturing operations design specialist – someone who needs to be able to design the manufacturing process for new products rather than just implement an existing procedure,” he said.

At the same time, the Ministry of Trade and Industry is working with the Education and Manpower ministries to identify skill sets that are required now, as well as in the future, and designing education and training programmes to equip Singaporeans with these skills.

Mr Lim said that even as the Government continues to keep the economy competitive and pushes on with its efforts to create good jobs it is equally important for Singaporeans to take ownership of their career development and ensure they develop the right skills and experience.


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