Spanning three years, the programme will cover three pillars including setting out early career pathways; creating employment opportunities for mid-career professionals; and grooming its local employees to be competitive.

Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) has launched a S$2.6mn Future Skills programme, aimed at creating a strong local talent pipeline and advancing career opportunities for Singaporeans.

In a press release on Tuesday (13 July 2021), the day the programme was launched, the real estate consultant said this three-year plan will "further JLL’s investment in building a resilient, future-ready local workforce."

The opportunities will be available across three pillars:

  1. Deepen JLL’s local talent pipeline of interns, graduates and apprentices, and set out early career pathways for the industry’s workforce.
  2. Create employment opportunities for mid-career professionals from adjacent industries, through retraining and skills enhancement initiatives.
  3. Nurture JLL’s Singaporean employees with the professional skills they need to be future-ready and globally competitive.

Commenting on this, Helen Snowball, Head of Human Resources, JLL Asia Pacific, said: “Real estate is an exciting and increasingly tech-enabled field and we see tremendous potential in tapping into Singapore’s highly skilled workforce to fuel the growth of our business here. We are proud to have Singapore as our regional headquarters and are supportive and greatly appreciative of the Singapore government’s role and partnership in co-investing in the greatest asset we have here – our people.

"At JLL, we believe that with the right support and programmes in place, we will see a globally competitive Singaporean workforce helping to shape the future of real estate.”

Details on the programmes are as follows:

Nurturing the next generation of industry talent

To set out early careers pathways for the industry’s young talent, JLL has designed three programmes for internship, client experience (including a two-month bootcamp for graduates) and functional expertise for graduates. It will partner with local tertiary and vocational institutions to offer internship opportunities and entry-level positions to 122 local undergraduates, graduates and technical associates over the course of three years.

Supporting mid-career transitions through professional conversion programmes

In line with the National Job Council’s call for a whole-of-nation approach to grow job and training opportunities for Singaporeans, JLL aims to expand the industry’s workforce by tapping into a cohort of mid-career professionals from adjacent industries, and is looking to retrain local professionals in customer service, technical and engineering roles.

The reskilling programme could see technicians from other sectors becoming engineers and facility managers, and guest ambassadors and facilities executives transitioning to more senior roles in facilities management, the press release stated.

Upskilling the local workforce to be ‘future fit’

In efforts to upskill the local workforce for the future, JLL is investing in initiatives to groom its existing local talent through individual programmes - focusing on inclusive leadership, resilience and wellbeing; innovation and human-centered design; sales and business development; and proptech, data and analytics.

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