Singaporeans should continually upskill and reskill to keep up with emerging trends and technologies, said Minister for Manpower Mr Lim Swee Say.
At a dialogue session organised by the People’s Action Party Policy Forum (PPF) on 28 October 2017, some 100 participants discussed the employment outlook and the prospects for professionals, managers and executives (PMEs) in the current economic climate.
On that note, the Manpower Minister noted that the tripartite partners have come together to formulate Industry Transformation Maps (ITMs) to ensure there is a healthy supply of good quality jobs for Singaporeans and help drive productivity and growth of individual industries.
He noted that the construction sector recently unveiled its ITM, with a focus on streamlining construction processes which will ultimately create new and better jobs in the sector.
Mr Lim added that a critical challenge is to reduce the mismatch between job-seekers and jobs. As such, he urged Singaporeans to tap on the Career Matching Services under the Adapt and Grow initiative, to get guidance on career development.
During the lively session, Mr Lim addressed queries about re-employment laws, retirement age and skills development. He also encouraged employers to adopt fair and progressive employment practices so that employees can perform to their full potential.
Separately, Mr Lim emphasised that tripartism has worked in Singapore’s favour and the tripartite partners are working closely together to make sure the relationship can succeed in the long term.