The number of Singaporeans who have used their SkillsFuture Credit has more than doubled in 2017.
And the good take-up rate across the various SkillsFuture schemes is a "positive sign" that people are charting their own learning and career paths, said SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) chief executive Ng Cher Pong as he gave the media an update yesterday (Feb 1).
In all, 160,000 Singaporeans began using their SkillsFuture Credit last year, bringing the total number of users to more than 285,000 since the scheme was launched in January 2016.
The $500 credit is given to all Singaporeans aged 25 and older to be used for training courses, as part of the Government's effort to get people thinking about lifelong learning.
To encourage more bosses to send their workers for skills-upgrading, SSG set up an enterprise engagement office in January to reach out to more employers, Mr Ng said. It will work with other government agencies as well as trade associations and chambers of commerce.
He also gave an update on various SkillsFuture schemes.
For example, more than 4,600 Singaporeans have used the SkillsFuture for Digital Workplace (SFDW) programme since it was introduced in October 2017. It provides a basic understanding of emerging technologies and trends - like data analytics - and how they impact work.
More than 2,100 Singaporeans have also attended short courses in emerging skills areas under the SkillsFuture Series, which was also launched last October.
Source: “More Singaporeans using SkillsFuture Credit for courses” (The Straits Times, 2 Feb)
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