The Enhanced Training Support Package (ETSP) to the marine & offshore sector, an initiative under SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), will extend enhanced course fee support for liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering.
From 5 October 2020 to 30 June 2021, marine & offshore employers who send their employees for selected sector-specific training programmes will receive enhanced course fee support at 90% of course fees. This is on top of the enhanced absentee payroll that has been extended to all sectors from 1 May 2020.
ETSP will encourage maritime companies to upskill their employees in the current downtime and position themselves for subsequent recovery and growth, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat during its launch on Monday (5 October).
For a start, SSG is partnering with the National University of Singapore, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and NTUC LearningHub to offer a total 38 courses for the sector including electrical power engineering and shipyard safety.
The range of training courses also covers emerging skills such as automation and robotics, cyber security and digital transformation.
SSG and EDB have been working closely with stakeholders such as marine & offshore companies, and the Association of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI) to understand the sector’s training needs, and to put together these measures to upskill the employees and help the sector recover.
“Through strong cooperation between the Government and the Association, the Marine & Offshore Engineering community is grateful for the reliefs and grants given till date, to help companies tide over this difficult time and adapt to a new normalcy moving forward,” said Simon Kuik, President of ASMI.
“The extension of the enhanced course fee support to the sector comes as a timely support to facilitate the transformation of the industry.
“Through the reskilling and upskilling of our core talent pool of workers, we hope that they will be more productive through digitalisation and be ready in the new growth areas such as offshore renewable and LNG.”
The ETSP initiative was earlier introduced as part of the Stabilisation and Support Package announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Mr Heng Swee Keat at the Resilience Budget this year.
Effective since 1 March 2020, over 121,000 training places have been taken up under the package. More than 41,000 employees across more than 1,000 enterprises in the targeted sectors have benefited from the initiative.
“The current economic slowdown provides an opportunity for companies in affected sectors to reskill and upskill their workforce. I encourage companies to take a long-term view, and to tap on this enhanced training support to build up their workforce competencies for the future economy,” said Ong Tze-Ch’in, Chief Executive of SSG.
“The impact of COVID-19 on the global marine & offshore industry is severe and expected to last for some time. However, there continues to be significant growth opportunities,” notes Chng Kai Fong, Managing Director of EDB.
“EDB will partner marine & offshore companies in their transformation efforts, especially in the areas of digitalisation and automation, while preserving jobs and capabilities during this challenging period.”
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