He reiterated these points at a interview with bloggers yesterday (8 March 2016).
Based on the job climate in the last 6 months, most of those who were retrenched are PMEs. And with an uncertain economic outlook, PMEs are very vulnerable. As such, he will continue to lobby for a Singaporean Core and the protection of PMEs in the upcoming Budget and Committee of Supply debate.
1 thing stood out for me during the interview with bloggers. Tay said that with SkillsFuture, there will be a shift of responsibility of training from employers to the workers.
In a way, this is more than true.
If there are jobs, but no suitable workers with the suitable skills to fill them, then the responsibility of acquiring the right skill lies with the job seeker .
The SkillsFuture is a good way for job seekers to acquire relevant skills needed to land jobs.
Simply put, it is every worker’s responsibility to acquire relevant skills through training in order to be employed and stay employed.
This is the same for undergraduates who haven’t entered the labour market.
So it is thus necessary, that PMEs – or all workers, for that matter – start acquiring relevant skills or deepen their skills to be ready for the uncertain future.