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More support to meet manpower needs as Supply Chain and Logistics industry gears up for opportunities brought about by transformation
SINGAPORE, 17 JULY 2019 – Workforce Singapore (WSG), in partnership with the Supply Chain and Logistics Academy (SCALA), announced several new efforts under the Adapt and Grow initiative to further sustain the talent pipeline for Supply Chain and Logistics as the industry continues to undergo transformation and digitalisation. Through these efforts, companies will have different avenues to reach and find Singaporeans who are keen to embark on a career in supply chain and logistics.
Increase in PCP capacity to meet strong hiring demand
2 The announcements were made at the SCALA’s Graduation Ceremony today, where close to 120 participants onboard the PCPs for Logistics Officer, Logistics Executive and Supply Chain Professionals received their graduation certificates from the Minister for Manpower, Mrs Josephine Teo. This includes the first cohort onboard the PCP for Supply Chain Professionals.
3 Due to the overwhelming response from both employers and jobseekers, all 100 places set aside for the initial two year run of the PCP for Supply Chain Professionals have been filled. WSG and SCALA have increased the capacity with an additional 150 training places to continue supporting the strong hiring demand.
Redeployment PCP for Supply Chain and Logistics Professionals
4 A new Redeployment PCP for Supply Chain and Logistics Professionals is launched today to help enterprises undergoing business transformation and digitisation reskill the affected PMET workers to take on enhanced or new job roles within their company.
5 Developed together with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and Enterprise Singapore, the programme is supported by industry stakeholders, including the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) and the Logistics Alliance (Formed in July 2017 and supported by Enterprise Singapore, the Logistics Alliance is Singapore’s first multi-TAC alliance to collectively develop and drive industry projects. It comprises Container Depot and Logistics Association (Singapore) (CDAS), Singapore Aircargo Agents Association @Singapore (SAAA@Singapore), Singapore Logistics Association (SLA), Singapore Transport Association (STA), and Centre of Innovation-Supply Chain Management@Republic Polytechnic (COI-SCM@RP).
6 Through the programme, employers can reskill the affected workers and deploy them to take on new or enhanced roles within the company, such as operating newly deployed technologies and managing new processes arising from the business transformation. Please refer to Annex A for more information on the new Redeployment PCP for Supply Chain and Logistics Professionals.
7 200 PMET employees are expected to benefit from the Redeployment PCP for Supply Chain and Logistics Professionals over the next two years.
Career Transition Programme for Retiring Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Servicemen
8 With support from the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and the industry stakeholders, WSG and SCALA have also rolled out a Career Transition Programme to support retiring SAF servicemen who want to continue working and are keen to explore a second career in the supply chain and logistics industry. The programme aims to address skills mismatch and ease their transition into the civilian workforce.
9 The programme leverages MINDEF’s Lifelong Employability and Advancement Programme (LEAP), which provides retiring servicemen with days off from work to attend any skills upgrading training, as well as internships and attachments, of their choice.
10 The Career Transition Programme for Retiring SAF Servicemen is part of WSG’s efforts to sustain the employability of experienced, older workers from different backgrounds, and provide employers with another viable pool of manpower. As a start, a pilot group of 40 SAF servicemen are expected to benefit over the next two years. Please refer to Annex B for more details.
11 Mr Tan Choon Shian, WSG’s Chief Executive said, “We are very encouraged by the active participation from the supply chain and logistics industry in ensuring their workforce stays skilled and gainfully employed in the midst of business transformation. With the Redeployment PCP and the Career Transition Programme for Retiring SAF Servicemen in place, we look forward to establishing partnerships with even more employers to create more entryways to benefit more Singaporean workers and sustain a robust flow of talent into the industry.”
12 Dr Robert Yap, Chairman of Board of Advisors of SCALA said, “SCALA just celebrated its third anniversary and over that short time, we have seen more than 420 participants from 120 companies come through its halls. More than 70 percent of these companies are SMEs and close to 80 percent are mature workers. SCALA also helps place out-of-job workers with companies by helping them identify transferrable skills for the industry and sharpen their resumes to this effect. To date, SCALA has placed 50 such participants into open positions and are looking to build on such efforts to help more job seekers. Going forward, SCALA will be playing a more integral role in the industry by creating future-focused programmes to meet the skills of tomorrow.”
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About WSG (www.wsg.gov.sg)
Workforce Singapore promotes the development, competitiveness, inclusiveness, and employability of all levels of the workforce. Its key mission is to enable Singaporeans to meet their career aspirations, take on quality jobs at different stages of life, and help enterprises be competitive and manpower-lean. Workforce Singapore’s focus is on strengthening the Singaporean core and ensuring that Singaporeans are able to have better jobs and careers. Workforce Singapore, in partnership with key stakeholders, also provides support to business owners and companies to enable them to transform and grow, while building a future-ready workforce.
About SCALA (www.scala.com.sg)
SCALA is an industry level academy that leverages on Experiential Workplace Learning to help individuals gain industry knowledge to join and to contribute in the supply chain and logistics industry. By working closely with government agencies, industry players, and job seekers, SCALA constantly improves its services, and adds new programmes to help all companies and individuals scale new fronts in the supply chain industry.
FACTSHEET ON REDEPLOYMENT PROFESSIONAL CONVERSION PROGRAMME FOR SUPPLY CHAIN AND LOGISTICS PROFESSIONALS
Under the Adapt and Grow initiative, Workforce Singapore (WSG), the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), Enterprise Singapore and the Supply Chain and Logistics Academy (SCALA), with support from the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) and Logistics Alliance, worked together to develop a new Redeployment Professional Conversion Programme (PCP).
The programme, administered by SCALA, will operate on an in-company redeployment mode. It supports companies to upskill, retrain and redeploy PMET employees, who are affected by company’s transformation, to take on enhanced or new job roles within their company. Affected workers would undergo 100% in-company facilitated classroom and on-the-job training. Through the PCP, employees will be able to continue contributing to the company effectively and productively, whilst supporting its business transformation.
To further support participating companies’ transformation process, companies will have the option to undergo the Human Capability Diagnostic Toolkit (HCDT) administered by Institute of Human Resource Professionals (IHRP) to identify critical human capital gaps where they are able to improve on to better optimise their enterprise transformation.
Individuals must fulfil the following criteria:
Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident.
Must be existing full-time employee of the company with at least 1-year contract remaining at commencement of the redeployment support programme.
Individual has to take on new or expanded tasks as a result of the company’s business transformation.
All participating companies must fulfil the following criteria:
Registered or incorporated in Singapore;
Company must be undergoing a transformation process (e.g. technology adoption, business model transformation) which will result in job transformation;
Company must redeploy the affected employees into a new/ enhanced role that is either a horizontal (Change in job function but no change in job size/ level) or vertical (Increase in job size/ level for taking on an enhanced job role) shift from the previous job role;
Company must be committed to human capital development;
Company must be able to provide structured on-the-job training for the affected employees;
Participating companies must submit the redeployment request to SCALA which includes the companies’ transformation and redeployment plans for approval; and
All applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Funding Support & Requirements
The employing company will receive the following funding upon the fulfilment of the corresponding requirements:
# Effective 1 April 2017, funding caps may apply
The duration of the salary support is up to 6 months.
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MEDIA FACTSHEET ON CAREER TRANSITION PROGRAMME FOR RETIRING SINGAPORE ARMED FORCES (SAF) SERVICEMEN
Workforce Singapore (WSG) and the Supply Chain and Logistics Academy (SCALA), with support from the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and the supply chain and logistics industry, have worked together to develop and run a new Career Transition Programme for retiring Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) servicemen. Under the Adapt and Grow Initiative, the programme aims to support retiring servicemen who are keen to explore a second career in the supply chain and logistics industry.
2 SAF servicemen on board the programme will first undergo executive workshops conducted by SCALA as well as a 40-working-day attachment programme with a hiring logistics company during their last year of service, which will prepare them for a career transition into the commercial working environment. The attachment, which leverages MINDEF’s current Lifelong Employability and Advancement Programme (LEAP) (MINDEF’s Lifelong Employability and Advancement Programme (LEAP) provides training funds and time off for retiring servicemen to attend courses and seminars, go for job interviews, and embark on internships that can serve as a springboard into their next career of choice), will also allow both the servicemen and the host companies to assess each other’s job fit.
3 Companies who find the servicemen suitable at the end of the attachment can hire them through the Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) for Supply Chain Professionals or the PCPs for Logistics Officer and Logistics Executive, depending on the job role. These PCPs will equip the new hires with necessary skills and competencies to help them assume their new jobs roles effectively. Servicemen who are hired and placed into the PCPs will then undergo a 9-month training that comprises:
18 days of facilitated classroom sessions (Aligned to Logistics Skills Framework)
12 days of Coaching/ Mentorship sessions, and
Structured On-the-Job training (OJT).
4 Upon successful completion of the PCP, the participants will be awarded the following certifications:
PCP for Supply Chain Professionals – Advanced Certificate in Supply Chain Management issued by SCALA and eight WSQ Statements of Attainment (SOAs).
PCP for Logistics Officer and Logistics Executive – Advanced Certificate in Logistics Planning and Operations issued by SCALA and eight WSQ Statements of Attainment (SOAs).
5 For servicemen who are not shortlisted for the PCPs or offered employment by the companies, they can tap on WSG’s Career Trial for another job attachment opportunity. Servicemen, after leaving the service, can embark on the Career Trial for i) a different job role with the same host company, or ii) with a different company. Should they be found suitable after the Career Trial, the company is encouraged to tap on the PCPs to make the hire.
6 This Career Transition Programme for Retiring SAF Servicemen will be managed by SCALA.
Candidates on board the programme must fulfil the following criteria:
Singapore Citizen; and
SAF serviceman who is eligible for LEAP, and is in the last year of service
Interested companies must fulfil the following criteria:
Registered or incorporated in Singapore;
Have an existing full-time permanent contract role or contract terms that are no less than one (1) year to offer candidates upon leaving the service; and
Must be able to provide structured OJT training for the candidate during the attachment / PCP phases, whichever relevant.
Funding Support & Requirements for the PCPs
The employing company will receive the following funding support if they were to place the ex-servicemen through the PCPs upon the fulfilment of the corresponding requirements:
*Funding caps may apply
# Effective 1 April 2017, funding caps may apply
Career Trial Funding Support for SAF Servicemen under LEAP
Individuals will receive the following funding support under Career Trial (applicable to only jobs that pay at least $1,500):
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