Updated: 05/20/2014 02:20

More jobs to be created for PMETs: Government

More jobs to be created for PMETs: Government

The government says it will create more jobs for Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians or PMETs to meet the aspirations of around 40,000 to 45,000.

Singaporeans who are expected to enter the job market each year over the next three years. 

In a follow-up from the President's Address at the reopening of parliament last week, Second Minister for Trade and Industry S Iswaran says this will not unbalance the workforce because Singapore still needs higher-level supervisory positions or jobs that complement PMETs to be available. 

"I think we need to take a total approach. Clearly certain sectors are able to generate more of the PMET-type jobs. But at the end of the day, we need a balance in our economy because we have a spectrum of capabilities and people. We need to ensure that all different aspects or different segments of our workforce are able to find their career path."

The Ministry of Trade and Industry says it will partner the Education and Manpower Ministries as well as the industry to prepare Singaporeans for specialist, managerial and leadership roles in the economy. 

M-O-M says it will also increase accessibility to training for SMEs and their workers, for example by expanding the Enterprise Training Support or ETS scheme to support e-learning. 

This, it says will help companies capitalise on advancements in e-learning technology.

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