Thinking of making a mid-career switch…why not try this industry?

If you’re looking to make a mid-career switch or go into a new industry, you’d be happy to know that a total of 150 positions are available over the next two years under the Professional Conversion Programme for the logistics sector.

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These will be in the areas of freight forwarding, fleet operations management, supply chin operations and warehousing and storage.

For now, 10 companies will be offering 80 vacancies through the PCP which starts in July 2016. The new place and train programme launched on 29 June, will help PMETs (Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians) convert their skills to those needed by the logistics industry.

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The PCP helps jobseekers to re-skill themselves and to obtain the required knowledge and skills to enhance their employability and thereby taking on new jobs. These allows jobseekers, including those who decide to make a mid-career switch to take on new jobs with greater confidence.

The logistics PCP will also be the first to include mentoring and coaching to help new hires adapt.

The Supply Chain and Logistics Academy (SCALA) will be training the mentors and administering the PCP.

This new PCP can only be good news to PMETs who have been displaced from the previous jobs because of the slowing of the economy, or those who wish to make a mid-career switch.

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Since the launch of the PCP in 2007, over 7,000 PMETs in ten sectors have benefited from the scheme.

In the current economic backdrop where retrenchment numbers are climbing, training and skills upgrading is the only way to go to be employable.

Earlier this year when foreign banks were laying off Singaporeans PMETs to cut costs, NTUC Assistant Secretary-General Patrick Tay shared in a media interview that “PMEs must continue to upskill or take up a sceond skill, so as to future-proof themselves.”

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“If necessary, they need to be prepared to manage their expectations as remuneration in other sectors may not be as lucrative as the financial sector,”

– NTUC Assistant Secretary-General Patrick Tay

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At the launch of the logistics PCP, Manpower Minister also made a similar point:

“If you’re not prepared to widen the scope of your work and profession, you’re going to see yourself having more limited job opportunities, because job growth in the future…will be significantly less.”

– Manpower Minister LIm Swee Say

 

Image Credits: tribalwomanmagazine.com, DBSchenker, Labourbeat.org, Todayonline.

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