As our economy continues to change and adjust to new demands, there is a need to ensure our workforce is correspondingly re-skilled and up-skilled to cope with these changes and to support the growing number of new sectors.
Over the years, the Labour Movement has been working closely with the tripartite partners to put in place various programmes to build up a Continuing Education and Training system which includes:
- Skills Redevelopment Programme in 1996 as the initial phase to encourage companies to send employees for retraining and upgrading opportunities.
Job Redesign as a viable means to redesign the work processes, using automation or other processes, within a company to jobs easier, safer and smarter with the aim to enable mature workers to be able to work as long as they want to.
NTUC's Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) in 2008 as the third phase to champion both skills redevelopment and job re-creation by assisting workers to upgrade or find new/better jobs. The efforts to re-skill workers have also benefited from the steadfast support of the tripartite partners, namely the Government, Workforce Development Agency and employers.
The Labour Movement also collaborated with its tripartite partners: Ministry of Manpower Singapore (MOM), Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF), to jointly develop a programme called WorkPro.
The newly announced programme WorkPro aims to encourage employers to cultivate progressive workplaces through providing help and support when they employ mature workers and back-to-work locals, or place their employees on flexible work arrangements (FWAs).
In March 2013, Minister of State for Manpower Dr Amy Khor unveiled details of the programme during her speech in the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) Committee of Supply 2013, adding that it was designed to help Singaporeans re-join the workforce. Dr Khor revealed that WorkPro is a consolidation and enhancement of existing programmes Work-Life Works! (WoW!) Fund, Flexi-Works! and Advantage!
A total of $170 million will be set aside over three years to support workers and employers, and it is expected that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) will form 70 per cent of the companies that will benefit from WorkPro. For more details on how you can benefit from WorkPro, please click here.
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FACTSHEET ON WORKPRO
WorkPro is a new scheme jointly developed by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) to augment local manpower, foster progressive workplaces and strengthen the Singaporean core in our workforce. The programme is designed in consultation with the tripartite partners - Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) and the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), who will manage and administer the programme for 3 years from 1 April 2013 to 31 Mar 2016.
WorkPro for Employers
WorkPro aims to provide funding support for employers and employees through two key strategies: to help employers improve their workplace practices and enhance work-life harmony, and to attract and retain back-to-work locals, as well as mature workers.
Employers will receive a wide range of assistance to implement work-life measures and redesign jobs. Employers will also receive incentives when they recruit mature workers and back-to-work locals, or place their employees on flexible work arrangements (FWAs).
WorkPro for Workers
WorkPro will help employees to benefit from good work-life practices. It also aims to improve the employability of mature employees, economically inactive, and individuals who are out of work for three months or more. WorkPro will help these groups of people become more job ready, and encourage them to return to work and stay on the job.
WorkPro is open to all Singapore-registered or incorporated companies, societies and non-profit organisations. Employees employed must be either Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents (PR) of Singapore.
Companies or individuals who require more information on WorkPro can contact the following persons or visit www.sgemployers.com and www.ntuc.org.sg, More information can also be found at www.wda.gov.sg and www.mom.gov.sg/workpro.