Updated: 04/29/2014 01:49

Restructuring efforts must continue to achieve vision of 'better workers, better jobs'

Restructuring efforts must continue to achieve vision of 'better workers, better jobs'

Singapore must continue with its restructuring efforts to achieve its vision of making "better workers, better jobs", Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin said in his May Day message. 

He also stressed the importance of tripartite members continuing to work closely together "as we transform our economy to create higher-value industries and quality jobs for Singaporeans". 

The Government, he said, is committed to help workers adapt to the new economic environment. 

"One key area is continuous learning and skills upgrading," Mr Tan said. 

"We are embarking on a major review of the Continuing Education and Training system to support workers in upgrading their skills and lifelong learning, so that they can seize the new job opportunities that restructuring will bring."

"The Workfare Training Support Scheme will continue to support low-wage workers and older workers to enhance their employability."

"For the growing pool of our professionals, managers and executives, we will continue to enhance funding support to help deepen their skills, competencies and career prospects." 

He added that the Government is committed to helping companies transform their business models, so that they can create better opportunities for workers. 

He also urged businesses to innovate and strive for productivity improvements and, in turn, raise the wages of our workers. 

Echoing the call, Singapore National Employers Federation President Stephen Lee said employers must invest in the training of their workers to enable them to take on larger and higher job roles. 

He urged employers to engage and empower their workers to motivate them to give their best and to cultivate a workplace culture that encourages innovation and continuous improvements in work processes.

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