New roadmap for career practitioners and advisers was introduced by Workforce Singapore (WSG) on Monday (Aug 27). The initiative aims to professionalise and recognise the work done by those who make a living by helping jobseekers find fulfilling employment and develop their careers. With a roadmap of their own, these career coaches can receive help to develop their professional competencies.
Set to be introduced over the next two years, the Career Development Framework provides four levels of certification that career advisers in Singapore can work towards. There are also other programmes to help them make the grade, Channel News Asia reports.
About 150 career coaches from WSG’s Careers Connect and NTUC’s e2i centres, as well as more than 90 education and career guidance counsellors in secondary schools, junior colleagues and post-secondary educational institutions, are expected to reap benefits from the new framework.
Speaking at the launch of the framework, Manpower Minister Josephine Teo stated, “As recently as five to 10 years ago, this was quite a new profession in Singapore … Today, however, we have built up a sizeable community of career practitioners.”
“As our economy restructures and our workforce adapts, the role of career professionals becomes more important. We must recognise their critical place in helping people transit successfully from one occupation to another,” Mrs Teo added.
The launch was attended by about 300 career professionals, comprising career practitioners, career advisers, HR practitioners and education and career guidance counsellors.