In his maiden Parliament speech on 25 January 2016, Choo said that in today’s economy, “there will be new sectors and jobs that will require skills and knowledge that are new even to those who just graduated”.
He added that there should be a tighter nexus between learning and job requirements. He cautioned that young people who aspire for a degree should not make it a mere paper chase but adds real value in improving career and job prospects.
Choo also suggested that the youth should equip themselves with the skills so that we are “future-ready”.
Indeed, the Minister for Manpower Lim Swee Say also agreed that in a situation where there is a mismatch in terms of what employers are looking for and the skills and experience that jobseekers have, he said the SkillsFuture initiative will equip workers with the relevant skills.
There have been much news about the impending economic slowdown. Hence, there is now a real need for a change in mindset for both employers and employees to improve themselves in terms of skills.
Since, the SkillsFuture Credit is available to tap on, Singaporeans should not delay in undergoing training to either deepen their skills or even learn another skill in order to be “Future-Ready”.