SkillsFuture Singapore Strengthens Skills Ecosystem with Trade Associations & Chambers And Professional Bodies to Enhance Skills Articulation, Aggregation and Recognition


Singapore – 4 August 2022 – SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with five Trade Associations & Chambers (TACs) and Professional Bodies, to appoint them as our "Skills Development Partners". The signing of the Memoranda of Understanding was witnessed by Minister of State for Education and Manpower, Ms Gan Siow Huang, as part of this year's SkillsFuture Festival. 

These five TACs and Professional Bodies are: The Institution of Engineers (IES), Singapore; Institute for Human Resource Professionals (IHRP); Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI); Singapore Computer Society (SCS); and SGTech. The objective of these partnerships is to reach out to the workforce and enterprises in the TACs' and Professional Bodies' respective sectors, to (a) identify needed sectoral skills more responsively; (b) better link skills development with ongoing enterprise transformation and job redesign within the sector; and (c) help companies better recognise employees' skills acquisition and skills mastery.

SSG, will support capacity and capability building within the TACs and Professional Bodies, and achieve these objectives through structured training programmes such as bootcamps, masterclasses and potential personnel attachments with SSG. These will help equip TACs and Professional Bodies with the know-how in skills analytics, skills research methodologies and data tools to extract skills insights. SSG will also partner the TACs and Professional Bodies to nurture dedicated "Skills Development Specialists" who will plan and execute the Skills Development Partners' activities.

Trade Associations Deepening Skills Through the Inaugural TA 101 Course 

As Trade Associations strive to do more for their sectors, they themselves will need to upskill. At today's MOU signing and the graduation event of the inaugural Trade Association (TA) 101 course, MOS Gan presented Joint Certificates of Completion to participants who completed the course jointly developed by SCCCI and Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP). 

SCCCI launched the first TA 101 training course on 19 July 2022 and has trained an inaugural batch of 18 TAC professionals. The five-day course, covering skills areas relevant to TAC Strategic Thrusts of collaboration, innovation and advocacy, is aligned to the skills standards in the Competency Framework for TAC (CFTAC). Launched in January this year, the CFTAC was spearheaded by SCCCI, and co-developed with Singapore Business Federation (SBF). The TA 101 course is the first structured training programme created for the TACs, and more skills development initiatives will be curated and rolled out progressively to uplift the capabilities of the TAC professionals so they can be more effective in supporting the implementation of the Industry Transformation Maps for the members and sectors they serve.

SGTech Chair Mr Wong Wai Meng said "At SGTech we envision Singapore to be a global digital and data node built on trust. To achieve this vision, it is important to take a forward-looking view of the changing demands of skills of our companies. The development and refining of skills within our workforce will ensure our people and companies are well equipped to continue to be at the forefront of the digital economy. This is essential to the country's structural transformation and economic growth. SGTech is excited to partner SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and to work with SSG and its ecosystem partners to identify emerging skills, ensure relevance of skills frameworks and develop new roadmaps for emerging job roles in areas such as sustainability and digital trust. Through the Skills Development Partner initiative, SGTech also hopes to support our companies to ensure a consistent match between their skills demand and supply. 


About SGTech

SGTech, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2022, is the leading trade association for Singapore's tech industry. Representing over 1,000 member companies ranging from top multinational corporations, large local enterprises, vibrant small and medium-sized enterprises, and innovative start-ups, it is the largest community in Singapore where companies converge to advocate for change and drive what enables tech innovation and accelerates tech adoption to spur greater sustainability in the sector. SGTech's mission is to catalyse a thriving ecosystem that powers Singapore as a global tech powerhouse.

About SkillsFuture Singapore 

SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) drives and coordinates the implementation of the national SkillsFuture movement, promotes a culture of lifelong learning and a quality ecosystem of adult education and training in Singapore. Through a holistic system of national SkillsFuture initiatives, SSG enables Singaporeans to take charge of their learning journey in their pursuit of skills mastery. SSG also works with key stakeholders to ensure that students and adults have access to high quality and industry-relevant training, that meet the demands of different sectors of the economy for an innovative and productive workforce. 
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Published Aug 2022