Workplace Learning-related skills are in demand, with the business transformation taking place in almost all industries and changes to job roles, shared the latest SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) report.
In the Straits Times Article published on Saturday (July 23, 2022). The top skills in demand include those involving capability development and performance management, as the need rises for personalised advice and coaching to help people enhance workplace performance or prepare for career pivoting. The report was unveiled by the Minister of State for Education and Manpower Gan Siow Huang at the SkillsFuture Festival@SUTD. The report said that career or workplace coaches take on the main responsibility of identifying skills gaps, bridging them, and discovering opportunities for adjacent roles with similar skill requirements, the report said.
The Demand For Workplace Learning Roles Doubles
There is increased recognition of the importance of workplace learning and the need for capabilities to organise the workplace for learning. Demand for workplace learning roles has also more than doubled from the second quarter of 2021 to the first quarter of 2022, based on job posting data. “Workplace learning has grown in importance as it continues to augment the organization’s learning culture while addressing other urgent issues like tackling skills gaps and preparing the workforce with skills required for changing business priorities,” the report said. It noted that in-house training sessions, on-the-job coaching, and self-initiated learning, such as through online platforms, are among the ways workplace learning takes place.
The Growing Importance of Training and Adult Education
The SSG report said the role of the training and adult education sector is becoming more important as the size of the workforce participating in upskilling or reskilling is expected to increase and the frequency of participation is likely to intensify. About 660,000 people took part in initiatives supported by SSG in 2021, a higher number than the 540,000 seen in 2020. Mr. Tan Kok Yam, Chief Executive of SSG, said its aim of improving the sharing of skills insights is to better help Singaporeans identify upskilling needs and career opportunities. He said: “We hope that our sharing can enable individuals, companies, and training providers to be more responsive to the rapid changes in skills that matter to the economy.”
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