Gan Siow Huang: A Different Kind of Service

Gan Siow Huang: A Different Kind of Service

Gan Siow Huang: A Different Kind of Service

Joining the Labour Movement, Gan Siow Huang hopes to be connected to different parts of the society, to develop a deeper understanding of ground issues faced by workers and to leverage the LM network to extend help to the workforce. She oversees the development of policies and strategies to enhance the employment and employability of Singaporeans by working closely with the tripartite partners ...

Doubling Support For Vulnerable NTUC Union Members Through NTUC Enhanced Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)

Combining UTAP with SkillsFuture Credit, union members aged 40 and above will get up to $2,000 for training. 19 June 2020, Friday - In his national broadcast, Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam spoke about how the Government is making a concerted effort to help our middle-aged and mature Singaporean workers. In a report by the Ministry of Manpower1, it was also found that for local workers retrenched in the 1st quarter of 2020, more than 72 per cent are aged 40 and above. Given the knock-on impact of COVID-19 on jobs, it greatly increases the vulnerability of this group of workers as they face mounting pressure to support themselves as well as their young and older family members. To support them in their employability, the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) Training Fund is doubling our funding commitment for union members who are 40 years old and above, to give the ...

Job Security Amidst COVID-19: The Value of Training in Difficult Times

Job Security Amidst COVID-19: The Value of Training in Difficult Times

NTUC’s e2i (Employment and Employability Institute) CEO Gilbert Tan expands on the value of going for training amidst COVID-19. He advises the best steps for businesses and workers, depending on their position during this crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has completely transformed the employment landscape in a way never seen before. Extending the circuit breaker has halted so many businesses, while others have been forced to find new ways of operating with social distancing in place. Hiring trends have drastically changed as well. Many employers are on a hiring freeze as businesses are on hold. Some companies that were looking to hire have, in such uncertain times, shut their doors for the time being. Those who have been let go, or who have been placed on a temporary hiatus, are doing their best to tide through this slump, especially the sole breadwinners. Many, fully aware of the po ...

Job Security Amidst COVID-19: How Businesses And Workers Can Seize Opportunities To Get Ahead

Job Security Amidst COVID-19: How Businesses And Workers Can Seize Opportunities To Get Ahead

NTUC’s e2i (Employment and Employability Institute) CEO Gilbert Tan sheds some light on the current employment landscape amidst COVID-19, the worst crisis to hit Singapore in a generation, and advises why this is the time for businesses and workers to take risks. The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic is the worst crisis to hit Singapore in a generation, and has proven to be, as e2i CEO Gilbert Tan describes it, “a Category 5 storm.” With the implementation of stricter but necessary COVID-19 circuit breaker measures, most sectors have been hit hard. The COVID-19 economic disruption is not the first in our nation’s history. Gilbert recalls how during the 2008 financial crisis, Singapore weathered the storm, and was one of the first economies to make a comeback. In fact, our economy has always sprung back very quickly. This is because of, what Gilbert calls, Singapore’s two-fold approach ...

Pop-Up Care Centre To Support Point-To-Point Drivers With Alternative Job Options

  31 March 2020, Tuesday - The National Private Hire Vehicles Association (NPHVA) and National Taxi Association (NTA) jointly launched a pop-up care centre for point-to-point drivers at Downtown East, Begonia Terrace. The outbreak of COVID-19 has significantly impacted the livelihoods of drivers in the point-to-point industry. Ridership has plummeted, and the earnings of drivers have dropped significantly. Drivers can head to the pop-up care centre for assistance with application of NTUC Care Fund (COVID-19), NTUC Training Fund (SEPs), find out more about other forms of immediate assistance, as well as explore other job options to retain their income. Alternative Job Options for Point-to-Point Drivers To support drivers in retaining their income, NTUC is working with NTUC’s e2i (Employment and Employability Institute), affiliated unions and associations, as well ...

$40 Million In Training Allowance Support Now Available For Self-Employed Persons (SEPs) Under The NTUC Training Fund (SEPs)

Government previously announced a new $36 million SEP Training Support Scheme NTUC commits an additional $4 million top up 25 March 2020, Wednesday - A total of $40 million will now be available to support our SEPs to go for training. Leveraging the Government’s SEP Training Support Scheme and co-funded by the Government and NTUC, SEPs can now earn as they train. This total fund comprises the Government’s $36 million SEP Training Support Scheme and a $4 million top up from the NTUC Training Fund. Background Previously, only employers and employees could tap on the Absentee Payroll funding for employer-sponsored training for courses funded by SkillsFuture Singapore – a grant to help employers defray manpower costs incurred when they sent their employees for certifiable skills training during working hours. For training conducted outside working hours, the grant is meant to ...

Job Security: How Much Is Within Our Control?

Job Security: How Much Is Within Our Control?

When it comes to job security, there are some factors out of our control. But for those that are within, here is what we can do to boost our own job security. Hear experienced career practitioners share their insights and advice with us working individuals. ...

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