According to a recent Alight Solutions study, close to two-thirds of the 670 APAC organisations surveyed plan on implementing more robust people analytics in the next 12 to 24 months. However, capability shortage and the lack of consolidated data are seen as big roadblocks that need to be addressed.
Addressing this capability shortage was high on the agenda for the second edition of the Future Jobs, Skills and Training (FJST) Forum themed “Transformation in Action”, where union leaders, government agencies, tripartite and management partners come together to share real-world successes in industry transformation.
Organised by NTUC (National Trades Union Congress) on 1 February 2019, the focus of these trends and best practices was on the manufacturing, marine engineering, healthcare and financial services sectors. The speakers and panellists also discussed frameworks that will help workers overcome the challenges of industry transformation and facilitate transition into the future.
Guest-of-honour, NTUC Secretary-General, Ng Chee Meng (pictured below), said: “Transforming workers in tandem with Industry4.0 is what all of us, including employers and labour movement, should be focusing on.”
He went on to talk about the five pillars of industry transformation:
- Making the Industry Transformation Maps (ITMs) real, by putting them to action
- Advocate for enhanced protection of workers and freelancers
- Explore implementation of Progressive Wage Model (PWM) to more sectors including for low-wage PMEs
- Strengthen the re-employment guidelines
- Help the common citizen with the cost of living
Hosting the welcome address as well as joining a panel was NTUC Assistant Secretary-General Patrick Tay (pictured below – second from left), who shared his wish list for working professionals ahead of Budget 2019.
“Success is not easy, but what’s more important is to start on the transformation journey early to get a head start,” he affirmed on the panel, moderated by Alex Lum, Deputy Director of NTUC’s Strategy & Planning division (pictured below – extreme left). “Bold, pre-emptive action really works!”
Other speakers at the well-attended event, held at Stephen Riady@NTUC, included:
- Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of Trade and Industry
- Chua San Lye, CHRO, Sembcorp Marine
- Dr Eugene Fidelis, CEO, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
- Neo Eng Chong, CEO and President, Makino Asia
- Prof Annie Koh, V3 Group Professor of Family Entrepreneurship, Singapore Management University
Photos / Journalist’s own
Alongside the event, NTUC released a set of exclusive infographics on technology for the future – data analytics, artificial intelligence, blockchain, internet of things and cybersecurity.
These were curated by the FJST team with inputs from Tech Talent Assembly, to help learn more about these technologies, their possible applications across industries and where you can learn more to set transformation in action.