13,000 work attachments open up to mid-career job seekers
Traineeships will be expanded to also cater to mid-career job seekers, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat announced yesterday during a visit to the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Centre at Kampong Chai Chee Community Club.
From Saturday, mid-career job seekers will be able to apply for over 13,000 company attachments via the MyCareersFuture.sg portal.
The attachments are part of the SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme and include roles such as business development managers, software engineers, finance analysts and e-commerce associates.
These will come from the pool of positions earlier slated for fresh and recent graduates.
The traineeship scheme for fresh graduates has attracted interest from more than 6,400 organisations offering more than 35,000 positions, which far exceeds the number of fresh and recent graduates who are likely to fill them, said Workforce Singapore (WSG).
WSG and the Singapore Business Federation, which is the programme manager, will thus work with the organisations to open up over 13,000 of these earlier-approved positions to mid-careerists.
"This will give host organisations the option to fill these positions with experienced mid-career individuals, who bring with them a wealth of work experience and skills," said WSG.
Mr Heng said: "One thing which is very clear from both the experiences of the career coaches and from my discussion with the job seekers is that we all need to change and adapt.
"On the part of job seekers, we need to change our mindsets about what are suitable jobs. I've heard of many successful cases where people in various jobs decide to try new things, decide to even take lower pay, because... (they) need to rebuild (their) careers. So I'm very glad that these changes are happening."
The mid-career attachments can range from four to nine months and must start by March 31 next year. A job is not guaranteed after the attachment, but host organisations can consider hiring workers who perform well when business conditions improve.
Workers on the attachments will get a monthly training allowance of between $1,400 and $3,000, of which 80 per cent will be funded by the Government, said WSG.
Some firms already on board are GIC, United Overseas Bank and Watsons Singapore.
Mr Heng said that employers also have to adapt, picking workers who might not be the perfect fit but are willing to learn.
"Employers must redesign jobs so that we can make the best use of the skills of our people, make full use of all the tools that we have put out under our Industry Transformation Maps, to both upgrade the skills of our workers and upgrade our operations. And in fact, when the Covid-19 situation passes... they will be able to emerge stronger, they will be more competitive, more productive."
The attachment programmes are part of the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package announced in the Fortitude Budget speech in May.
In total, some 100,000 jobs, traineeships and training places will be created to help job seekers.