With a growing need for skilled social service professionals, various initiatives are being set up to draw more mid-career workers into the sector, while upgrading the skills of those already in the field.
Two new Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) training courses - an advanced certificate in social service and a diploma in social service - were launched yesterday (10 Oct).
The two courses have been developed by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), and is part of the Government's push to encourage skills upgrading and strengthen career pathways in the sector.
Classes for the new WSQ programmes will start next February. Applications opened yesterday.
Singaporeans and permanent residents will be able to receive up to 95 per cent in course fee support from the WDA. Without the funding, individuals may have to pay more than $10,000 for each programme.
Initiatives introduced as part of the national SkillsFuture movement will also help defray the cost of attending work-related training.
Source: “2 new courses to boost careers in social service” (The Straits Times, 11 Oct 2015)
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