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Written Answer by Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister for Manpower, to Parliamentary Question on Rank and File Workers and Adapt and Grow Programme

Notice Paper No. 467 Of 2016 For The Sitting On 09 January 2017

Question No. 317 For Written Answer

MP: Mr Zainal Sapari

To ask the Minister for Manpower (a) what is the retention rate of rank-and-file workers who have completed the 'Adapt and Grow' programme; and (b) what is the number of rank-and-file workers who have embarked on this programme so far.


  1. The “Adapt and Grow” initiative supports workers, including rank-and-file workers, in finding jobs. The initiative includes career matching services and programmes such as Place-and-Train and Work Trials.
  2. In the first 3 quarters of 2016, more than 7,300 rank-and-file workers were placed by Workforce Singapore (WSG) and NTUC’s Employment and Employability Institute (NTUC-e2i) through the “Adapt and Grow” initiative.
  3. For rank-and-file workers placed through the Adapt and Grow career matching services in 2015 (about 10,000), 7 in 10 remained in employment for at least 6 months after their placements.
  4. MOM, WSG and our tripartite partners will press on with efforts to support jobseekers to find and remain in employment through the “Adapt and Grow” initiative.