SMEs want more support to upskill workers: NTUC LearningHub survey

According to a survey by training provider NTUC LearningHub, small and medium enterprises want more support to upskill their workers. 450 employers and employees in the private and public sector were polled. Nearly seven in 10 companies said they need more training resources. A similar proportion also wished employees supported their own training more. Employers also said that training is disruptive to business. Some feared that employees would leave the company after investing in their development.

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NTUC Income to become corporate entity amid ‘intensifying headwinds’ in insurance sector

Singapore’s leading insurance co-operative NTUC Income is set to corporatise later this year to help it respond to market shifts better amid "intensifying headwinds" in the insurance sector. It has stressed that the move will have no impact on its staff or its nearly two million policyholders. Existing insurance business and assets will be transferred to the new company, Income Insurance Limited. After which, NTUC Income will be liquidated. Existing policies will be moved to the new company automatically, with the same coverage, terms and benefits.

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NTUC aims to set up over 1,000 Company Training Committees by 2022 to help workers upgrade skills

The labour movement is aiming to set up more than 1,000 Company Training Committees by 2022 as it ramps up support of Singapore’s economic transformation. The committees pair unions with employers to identify and address training gaps for workers. About 780 committees have been formed since the initiative was launched about two-and-a-half years ago. NTUC deputy secretary-general Chee Hong Tat gave the update as he launched precision engineering firm Certact’s new factory.

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NTUC union membership surpasses one million mark

Singapore’s labour movement has reached a new milestone, with its membership surpassing the one million mark. It is aiming to reach what it calls a "bold" and "ambitious" target of 1.5 million members by 2030. But to do so, NTUC said it must continue to innovate its membership model, so that it can better serve even more members during the good as well as the challenging times.

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NTUC and Singapore Retailers Association ink agreement to upskill workers

Singapore’s labour movement and retailers have agreed to help employers innovate and upskill their workers to boost productivity in the retail industry. NTUC and the Singapore Retailers Association have signed an agreement to enhance training and placement, and upgrade workers in line with industry changes. The announcement was made during the Excellent Service Award ceremony.

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NTUC Income expands services to Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia

One of Singapore’s leading insurers is expanding overseas for the first time. NTUC Income said the timing now is right because of rapid digitalisation and a growing digital insurance market. It is using strategic partnerships in Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia to bring its digital insurance products to the region.

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NTUC asst secretary-general Patrick Tay on taskforce’s recommendations to support local PMEs

Income relief for those who have lost their jobs, and a point system to restrict access to foreign workers in certain occupations. These were among nine recommendations made by a taskforce to support Professionals, Managers and Executives (PMEs) and protect their jobs. NTUC assistant secretary-general Patrick Tay shared his thoughts on the safeguards needed for income relief as well as how to strengthen the Singaporean core.

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Young NTUC launches WSQ course to train workers in peer-to-peer psychological first aid skills

The youth wing of NTUC has launched a course to train workers to provide mental health support at the workplace. The course is the first of its kind to be certified under the Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) accreditation system. It will teach workers psychological first aid skills, such as identifying distressed colleagues and how to approach them. The course aims to train 200 workers by end-2022 as the labour movement encourages firms to put in place peer support structures.

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Young NTUC to help place over 300 youths into jobs in fintech, sustainability sectors

The youth wing of the labour movement will help place more than 300 young people into jobs in the growing fintech and sustainability sectors. Young NTUC is working with more than 50 partners on the initiative. The programme is in its third year and has so far helped over 5,000 youths with career guidance and networking opportunities. Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, who addressed participants at a career symposium, noted that the NTUC has facilitated 32,000 job placements through various initiatives in the past year.

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COVID-19: Singapore investigating infections among visitors to NTUC FairPrice at Bukit Merah Central

Singapore is keeping up extensive COVID-19 testing to curb its latest COVID-19 outbreak. Swabbing operations have begun for about 100 staff and those who visited a supermarket at Bukit Merah Central, after positive cases were found to have visited the location.

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