Over 52,000 locals were placed into professionals, managers and executives (PMET) level jobs, traineeships or attachments, Minister Josephine Teo has shared.
Singapore’s Minister for Manpower, Josephine Teo recently (10 May) answered a Parliamentary question by MP Tin Pei Ling pertaining to whether professionals, managers and executives (PMETs) have benefitted from Workforce Singapore (WSG) and other government schemes. To that, she answered: yes, more than 60% of unemployed locals secured permanent employment through the government’s career schemes.
In her written answer, Minister Teo highlighted that, as of today, approximately 5,300 locals have benefitted from SGUnited Traineeships and Mid-Career Pathway programmes. Over 52,000 locals were placed into professionals, managers and executives (PMET) level jobs, traineeships or attachments.
She also noted that although the Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) accounted for a smaller share of full-time placements, locals placed in PMET-level positions through PCP have seen positive numbers. An estimate of nine in 10 locals were still employed after 18 months, while about seven in 10 earned more than in their former employment.
About two in five (40%) of the locals placed comprise mature workers (aged 40 and above), while more than 35% were placed in the country’s growing sectors such as information and communications, financial services, and healthcare.
The minister added she has no doubt on the efficacy of the government career schemes: for the past two years, 81,000 locals benefitted from schemes and services like WSG’s Careers Connect and NTUC’s Employment and Employability Institute.
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