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SSG Strengthens Skills Ecosystem with Trade Associations & Chambers and Professional Bodies to Enhance Skills Articulation, Aggregation and Recognition

SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with five Trade Associations & Chambers (TACs) and Professional Bodies, to appoint them as our “Skills Development Partners”. The signing of the Memoranda of Understanding was witnessed by Minister of State for Education and Manpower, Ms Gan Siow Huang, as part of this year’s SkillsFuture Festival.

These five TACs and Professional Bodies are: The Institution of Engineers (IES), Singapore; Institute for Human Resource Professionals (IHRP); Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI); Singapore Computer Society (SCS); and SGTech. The objective of these partnerships is to reach out to the workforce and enterprises in the TACs’ and Professional Bodies’ respective sectors, to (a) identify needed sectoral skills more responsively; (b) better link skills development with ongoing enterprise transformation and job redesign within the sector; and (c) help companies better recognise employees’ skills acquisition and skills mastery.
SSG, will support capacity and capability building within the TACs and Professional Bodies, and achieve these objectives through structured training programmes such as bootcamps, masterclasses and potential personnel attachments with SSG. These will help equip TACs and Professional Bodies with the know-how in skills analytics, skills research methodologies and data tools to extract skills insights. SSG will also partner the TACs and Professional Bodies to nurture dedicated “Skills Development Specialists” who will plan and execute the Skills Development Partners’ activities.

Trade Associations Deepening Skills Through the Inaugural TA 101 Course

As Trade Associations strive to do more for their sectors, they themselves will need to upskill. At today’s MOU signing and the graduation event of the inaugural Trade Association (TA) 101 course, MOS Gan presented Joint Certificates of Completion to participants who completed the course jointly developed by SCCCI and Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP).

SCCCI launched the first TA 101 training course on 19 July 2022 and has trained an inaugural batch of 18 TAC professionals. The five-day course, covering skills areas relevant to TAC Strategic Thrusts of collaboration, innovation and advocacy, is aligned to the skills standards in the Competency Framework for TAC (CFTAC). Launched in January this year, the CFTAC was spearheaded by SCCCI, and co-developed with Singapore Business Federation (SBF). The TA 101 course is the first structured training programme created for the TACs, and more skills development initiatives will be curated and rolled out progressively to uplift the capabilities of the TAC professionals so they can be more effective in supporting the implementation of the Industry Transformation Maps for the members and sectors they serve.

Please refer to the Annex for more information on the course.

About SkillsFuture Singapore

SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) drives and coordinates the implementation of the national SkillsFuture movement, promotes a culture of lifelong learning and a quality ecosystem of adult education and training in Singapore. Through a holistic system of national SkillsFuture initiatives, SSG enables Singaporeans to take charge of their learning journey in their pursuit of skills mastery. SSG also works with key stakeholders to ensure that students and adults have access to high quality and industry-relevant training, that meet the demands of different sectors of the economy for an innovative and productive workforce.

About The Institution of Engineers, Singapore

The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) was formally established in July 1966 as the national society of engineers in Singapore. IES is the premier engineering institution in Singapore and is called upon by the Government to provide feedback on professional engineering matters.
IES is well represented among the faculty members of major engineering institutions of higher learning in Singapore. Through close collaboration with local universities and polytechnics as well as the industry, IES organises courses, seminars and talks for engineers and IES members to advance the continuous development of engineers.
The Institution maintains close links with professional organisations of engineers regionally and throughout the world. These include organisations in Australia, China, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States. The Institution also represents Singapore in the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) and the Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP) in promoting goodwill, fellowship and exchange of knowledge among all engineers in the region and internationally.
Through its Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB), IES obtained full signatory status in the Washington Accord (WA) in June 2006. The entry grants IES the authority to represent Singapore, the first country within the ASEAN region which has obtained full signatory status in the WA, to vet education systems under the WA mutual recognition framework.
For more information, please visit http://ies.org.sg/.

About the Institute for Human Resource Professionals

The Institute for Human Resource Professionals (IHRP) is set up by the tripartite partners: the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) to professionalise and strengthen the HR practice in Singapore.
We are committed to setting the HR standards of excellence and developing HR as a strategic enabler of business. In the last five years, through IHRP certifications and other national programmes, we strengthened HR professionals' competencies and fostered a vibrant HR services eco-system.
We have awarded certifications to over 5,000 HR professionals, onboarded over 500 Corporate Partners and helped more than 900 companies with Human Capital Diagnostics Tool.
For more information, please visit https://www.ihrp.sg/about-ihrp.

About Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Established in 1906, the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI) is an internationally renowned business organisation and the apex body of the Chinese business community in Singapore. It is the founder of the biennial World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention, a global business convention. It plays a key and pro-active role in representing the interests of the local business community.
The SCCCI has a membership network comprising 5,000 corporate members and has more than 160 trade association members, representing over 40,000 companies including large financial and business organisations, multinational corporations, government-linked companies, and small and medium enterprises from a wide spectrum of trades and industries. These members together provide vast resources and opportunities which enable the SCCCI to develop an influential global Chinese business network for business, education, culture and community development. In return, they share a strong sense of pride and identity together and benefit immensely from the SCCCI’s membership services, facilities and activities.
For more information, please visit www.sccci.org.sg.

About the Singapore Computer Society

The Singapore Computer Society (SCS) is the leading tech society for industry professionals, leaders, students, and tech enthusiasts.
Established in 1967, the Society has a thriving membership base of over 52,000 members today. Through our 13 Chapters and 3 Special Interest Groups, we remain steadfast in our commitment to establish a strong reputation as the voice of Singapore’s tech community.
Armed with the mission of leading and driving vibrancy and growth of Singapore’s tech industry, we strive to add value to our members’ professional and personal development goals. From publications to training and development, networking opportunities and more, we support our members by fuelling their ambition to connect, collaborate and be inspired with tech innovation and excellence.
We seek to raise the bar in the industry through our various certification programmes that enable skills upgrading and career advancement.
SCS is also actively engaged in developing future generations of tech talents. Our student members enjoy opportunities to meet, mingle with, and be mentored by leading practitioners for an invaluable head start in their chosen fields.

About SGTech

SGTech, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2022, is the leading trade association for Singapore's tech industry. Representing over 1,000 member companies ranging from top multinational corporations, large local enterprises, vibrant small and medium-sized enterprises, and innovative startups, it is the largest community in Singapore where companies converge to advocate for change and drive what enables tech innovation and accelerates tech adoption to spur greater sustainability in the sector.
SGTech's mission is to catalyse a thriving ecosystem that powers Singapore as a global tech powerhouse.  
To learn more, visit sgtech.org.sg.  

About Nanyang Polytechnic

Established as an institution of higher learning in 1992, Nanyang Polytechnic's (NYP) academic schools offer quality education and training through 40 full-time diploma courses and common entry programmes. NYP also has a full suite of Continuing Education and Training (CET) options for lifelong learning, ranging from specialist and advanced diplomas to SkillsFuture-supported modules and courses. NYP's Asian Culinary Institute Singapore and the Singapore Institute of Retail Studies are CET institutes set up in partnership with SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) to champion and transform Singapore's F&B and retail sectors respectively. A third NYP CET institute - the National Centre of Excellence for Workplace Learning - also set up in collaboration with SSG, will spearhead the development of progressive workplace learning strategies and programmes for companies here.
For more information, visit www.nyp.edu.sg.