The PCP, for the role of interior fit-out specialist, will enhance an installer’s conventional assistance job role across commercial, private, and public residential projects.
On 2 June, Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) Institute, the training and skills development arm of SFIC, unveiled its Professional Conversion Programme (PCP)— for the role of interior fit-out specialist —to nurture a new crop of talents for advanced manufacturing opportunities in the furniture and built environment sectors.
This training programme, in collaboration with Workforce Singapore (WSG), is expected to meet growing demands of the domestic interior fit-out business segment in the residential, office, and retail sectors, which SFIC has valued at approximately S$3bn a year.
SFIC President, Phua Boon Huat, said: “Today's move is another step further towards injecting greater automation and expertise at the installation point of the supply chain. The programme is aligned with SFIC’s industry roadmap to establish Singapore as the Asian hub influencing tomorrow’s sustainable urban living.”
Through the PCP, SFIC and WSG aim to nurture a pool of highly-skilled local specialists to provide project management and interior fit-out services, such as customising and installing furniture, on-site at commercial projects (such as hotels and offices), as well as private and public residential projects.
As an interior fit-out specialist, the role will be an enhancement to the role of an installer. It would entail performing higher-value tasks like client and project management, onsite supervisory, providing advisory on design and materials selection, as well as interpreting design works and translating them into production.
Beyond that, participants can expect to acquire knowledge in new construction technology, and use advance construction methods in furniture making, which includes CNC machines and Edge Bending Machines.
According to SFIC, the PCP targets to place 70 trainees over two years with the first batch by July 2021.
Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Ministry of National Development and SFIC Patron, said: "The furniture and furnishings industry has been impacted by the ongoing pandemic, with the fit-out sector facing a lack of skilled manpower resources.
“By retraining and upskilling our local talent with specific skillsets in interior fit-out, enterprises can build a pipeline of specialists who can support their growth aspirations.”
Minister Sim encouraged furniture companies to participate actively in this PCP programme. To date, there are 10 Singapore companies taking on new hires of the programme, after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with SFIC Institute.