Singapore - The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has announced that it will focus on increasing productivity and incomes of Singaporeans over the next few years.
MOM says this will be done through three key pillars: building a productive workforce, fostering progressive workplaces, as well as developing inclusive growth.
Speaking at the MOM Workplan Seminar, Minister of Manpower, Gan Kim Yong, said the ministry will provide more targeted support to ensure that workers at all levels participate in training programmes. He added that MOM will pour more investments into the Continuing Education and Training (CET) infrastructure.
The two national CET campuses, expected to be completed in 2013, will provide learning programmes and career services for 50,000 workers annually. The campuses will offer 150,000 training spots every year.
Lim Swee Say, Secretary-General of the National Trade Union Congress, said the services provided by these centres will help boost local employment rate.
"We not only want to be able to maintain low unemployment rate, but more importantly, we intend to increase our employment rate," Lim said. He added that the government wants to inculcate a "more inclusive workforce" that comprises of both young and old employees.
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