The Foreign Worker Settling-In Programme (SIP) in Singapore will be extended to cover all first time non-Malaysian Work Permit holders in the marine, process and manufacturing sectors from December 2019, as announced in a by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

The one day-long orientation programme, which educates foreign workers on Singapore’s social norms, their employment rights and responsibilities, Singapore laws and where and how to seek assistance, is conducted by the Migrant Workers Centre (MWC). It currently applies to first time non-Malaysian Work Permit holders in the construction sector.

Since its start in October last year, more than 5,000 foreign workers have attended the SIP.

On its extension, Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad said: "Having seen how the SIP has been working well for the construction sector in the last six months, we are ready to extend it progressively to other sectors, starting with marine, process and manufacturing by the end of this year.

"Besides legislation and enforcement, education remains key to safeguarding the interest of foreign workers in Singapore."

Further, MWC Chiarman Yeo Guat Kwang noted the important role of the SIP in forming a good support network for foreign workers , commenting: "We have noticed that many of the participants made friends during the course, which helped them to build up their social support network in Singapore.

"More importantly, through the SIP, the migrant workers are assured that they can approach MOM or MWC for any assistance should they face any issues such as well-being and salary disputes while in Singapore."

In similar news, MOM has issued a reminder, detailing information to take note of regarding the In-Principal Approval (IPA) letter employers will receive after their application to employ a foreign worker has been approved.

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