The Supply Chain and Logistics (SCL) Corporate Network, a business network for logistics firms in Singapore, has been launched on Monday (15 May) to help improve their supply chain efforts.
New staff who are tapping into this resource may benefit from mentoring, on-the-job development and other valuable expertise from experienced industry players. Additionally, firms can seek grants of up to S$120,000 per staff member under the government's Adapt and Grow initiative.
The network - also the first such logistics network in Singapore - is managed by The Supply Chain and Logistics Academy (SCALA) with support from Workforce Singapore (WSG), Association of Small Medium Enterprises (ASME), Singapore National Employers’ Federation (SNEF), Human Capital Singapore (HCS), Employment and Employability Institute (e2i), and NTUC.
With the aim of developing a sustainable support and sharing platform for organisations across all industries, SCALA’s Professional Conversion Programme for logistics officer and executives supports hiring and training costs by 70% to 90% over a 12-month period.
Companies can also tap on P-Max, a one-off $5,000 assistance grant to better help SMEs recruit, train, manage and retain the newly hired PMETs. On top of these, SCALA is working with e2i on employability skills training to enable companies to tap onto talents who might otherwise have been overlooked.
Companies also can receive additional salary support of $700 to $3500 a month from the Career Support Programme when they hire retrenched or unemployed Singaporeans.
Speaking at The HUMAN Aspect of Business Seminar, held in conjunction with the launch, minister of state for manpower Teo Ser Luck said: “The SCL Corporate Network supports members by matching ready-trained Singaporean candidates with job opportunities in the sector.” “The cost of training workers is also reduced through development programmes and support from SCALA and tripartite partners,” he added.
The pioneer batch comprises 141 companies with functions linked to the supply chain and logistics industry. In his speech, Teo encouraged companies to join the network, which has 250 vacancies.
Meanwhile, ITE and PSA Singapore have launched a new Specialist Nitec in Port Equipment Drives and Spreader Control course as part of their commitment to the enhancement of port specialists’ skills. Through this course, ITE graduates in the workforce can deepen their skills and knowledge in advanced port equipment.
The six-month course, which comes under ITE’s continuing education and training framework, will be conducted by qualified trainers at PSA Singapore. Through this course, technical specialists will be trained to diagnose and rectify faults in port equipment drives and spreader controls.
The curriculum was jointly developed by ITE and PSA, and will comprise 60% practical training and 40% theory lessons.
On that note, Low Khah Gek, CEO, ITE said: “Strong industry involvement is important in ITE’s drive to develop highly skilled graduates. This new course is a good example of how partnership with the industry can benefit both our graduates and the companies.”
Additionally, Ong Kim Pong, regional CEO, Southeast Asia, PSA International said: “ITE has been an important strategic partner for PSA. With the fast-moving trend to embrace intelligent and automated technologies, this new course aptly fulfils the SkillsFuture needs as well as means to increase the productivity of our port.” “Besides that, our existing staff who are ITE graduates can take the opportunity to upgrade their skill sets and keep pace with the contemporary technologies that are coming on stream in the market,” he concluded.
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