Updated: 05/27/2014 01:04

WSQ should be expanded to include an even greater PME-focus: NTUC assistant secretary-general, Patrick Tay



WSQ should be expanded to include an even greater PME-focus: NTUC assistant secretary-general, Patrick Tay

Workforce Skills Qualifications, WSQ, should be expanded to include an even greater focus on Professionals, Managers and Executives or PMEs rather than just focusing on rank-and-file or mid-level technical staff. 

This is one of several suggestions made by MP for Nee Soon GRC and NTUC assistant secretary-general, Patrick Tay to build up the competencies of the local PME workforce. 

Mr Tay suggested WSQ be renamed Workforce Skills and Knowledge Certification to reflect how employers would need their employees to multi-task and be adaptive to changes in work processes, automation and products. 

Mr Tay suggested greater accessibility to the lifelong learning fund by individual PMEs, assisted or guided by a career coach from a Continuing Education and Training Centre. 

The government should also promote second skilling and provide incentives for employers who allow their employees to go for training during their working hours. 

And he adds that there must also be multiple pathways for PMEs to move from junior executive to senior leader in both public and private sector. 

"I cannot emphasize more the need for attitudinal changes to focus less on paper qualifications and greater mapping and development of each individual's abilities, skills and aptitudes according to the various industries and attainable levels they are in. Let us remove the different glass ceilings and allow each individual PME to reach for the skies regardless of the job they are in life, as long as they are prepared to put in the hard work required and have the right positive attitude and mindset come what may."

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