More than 285,000 Singaporeans benefited from SkillsFuture Credit in 2017

More than 285,000 Singaporeans benefited from SkillsFuture Credit in 2017

Channel NewsAsia·2018-02-01 18:05

Office workers in the central business district of Singapore. (File photo: AFP/Simin Wang)

SINGAPORE: In the past year, more than 285,000 working adult Singaporeans have benefited from SkillsFuture Credit, which can be used in applying for classes and workshops accredited by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG). 

The figures were announced at an SSG media briefing on Thursday (Feb 1).

SSG said more than 2,400 award recipients have received the SkillsFuture Study Award which is given out early to mid-career Singaporeans who are interested in deepening specialist skills needed by future economic growth sectors or in areas of demand. 

In addition, more than 4,600 Singaporeans have participated in the SkillsFuture for Digital Workplace which helps to equip Singaporeans with the basic functional skills to prepare for the future economy, according to SSG.

SUPPORT FOR THE TRAINING AND ADULT EDUCATION INDUSTRY 

On Thursday, the SSG also launched the Education (Training and Adult Education) Industry Transformation Map which will provide guidance to professionalise and strengthen the capabilities of the Training and Adult Education (TAE) industry. 

Developed in collaboration with tripartite partners, it will focus on three areas - innovation, productivity and jobs and skills. 

TAE providers will be supported in driving innovation such as providing training that is tightly integrated with business solutions to support business performance and meet the skills needs of the industries they serve. For instance, new programmes on pedagogical and modular curriculum design will be rolled out to make learning more relevant, SSG said. 

In terms of professionalising jobs and deepening skills, SSG said it will continue to support TAE providers in enhancing the recognition, career and skills pathways for adult educators. 

There are currently more than 800 professionals in the TAE industry. SSG said more are expected to come onboard. 

In a bid to increase productivity, SSG has introduced the Training Exchange in the MySkillsFuture Portal - a comprehensive listing of the courses to help individuals make informed training choices. Individuals can also provide views and feedback using a community feedback feature.

To support training providers, SSG said it will also enhance the operational efficiency of training providers by providing training management solutions and a centralised collection of trainees’ feedback under the Training Quality and Outcome Measurement initiative. The initiative will span five areas of training and cover about 700 courses. 

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