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SkillsFuture Singapore highlights green skills critical for engineering workforce in Jobs-Skills Quarterly Insights

SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), in collaboration with The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES), launched the Jobs-Skills Quarterly Insights1 (JSQI) – Skills for Engineers and Technicians in the Green Economy.

This issue spotlights the changing jobs and skills for engineers and technicians, in the face of global climate and sustainability challenges. It is launched in conjunction with the IES Green Plan, which outlines engineering-centric action plans from 2023 to 2030 in support of the Singapore Green Plan 2030. The issue builds on the second edition of the Skills Demand for the Future Economy Report, by further elaborating on the in-demand skills identified in the Report under the green economy and the digital economy, that are particularly relevant for engineers and technicians.

In particular, the report highlights two key trends for the engineering workforce:

i. In the transition to a greener economy, cross-sector and cross-functional green skills are very highly sought after by employers seeking to fill engineering job roles. These skills include “Energy Management and Audit”, “Sustainable Engineering”, “Environmental Sustainability Management”, “Environmental Management System Framework Development and Implementation”, and “Renewables Energy System Management and Integration”; they are in high demand and transferable across multiple engineering job roles.

ii. This demand for green skills reflects the changing job content of existing engineering and technician roles, as well as the emergence of new green job roles. Existing engineering roles and work functions are changing, with the incorporation of sustainability practices and climate mitigating features. New engineering job roles are also emerging, that require engineers to (a) be knowledgeable about emerging clean technologies, and the management of environmental sustainability impact; (b) possess digital skills such as Internet of Things Application, Programming & Coding, and Big Data Analytics.

As SSG’s appointed Skills Development Partner, IES will refresh the emerging skills for the engineering job families, and roll out jobs-skills resources for the engineering workforce. The immediate focus will be on existing and emerging engineering job roles in renewable energy, green buildings and mobility. IES will build on the insights from the JSQI, to guide the engineering workforce and enterprises to capitalise on opportunities on these fronts. Working closely with SSG, IES will conduct horizon scanning and engage key stakeholders to detect priority skills and their impact on jobs and businesses, and share back through future JSQIs, informational channels, and other jobs-skills resources for the engineering workforce.

The full report can be accessed at the following link: Jobs-Skills Quarterly Insights - Changing Jobs and Skills for Engineers and Technicians in the Green Economy. For more information on the job-skills insights and priority skills highlighted in the Skills Demand for the Future Economy Report 2023, please visit https://www.skillsfuture.gov.sg/skillsreport.

The Jobs-Skills Quarterly Insights complements the annual Skills Demand for the Future Economy report. They form part of SSG’s ongoing efforts to improve its sharing of information and insights with the public, on skills that matter to employers and the economy. The Jobs-Skills Quarterly Insights will each focus on a specific sector or job type in the economy that is critical and/or high-growth.