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More work support for older PMETs

  • The Straits Times (17 June 2016): Give older PMETs jobs, then train them
  • The Straits Times (24 June 2016): More support for older PMETs

More support for older PMETs
The Straits Times, 24 June 2016

  1. We thank Mr Yeow Hwee Ming for his feedback ("Give older PMETs jobs, then train them"; 17 June 2016), which highlights a "place-and-train" approach to helping older professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) find employment.
  2. We agree with Mr Yeow that it is important to help older PMET jobseekers be placed in jobs with companies that are hiring and to provide them the relevant training support, especially as our economy undergoes restructuring.
  3. This is, in fact, the approach taken for the Professional Conversion Programmes (PCPs), where the Government provides wage support and training subsidies to companies which first hire and then train eligible mid-career PMETs to take on new positions.
  4. We raised the level of support in 2014 for PMETs aged 40 and above or unemployed for more than six months.
  5. Mr Yeow may be pleased to know that we are investing more in PCPs and have set aside $40 million a year, up from $26 million, for the next two years.
  6. This will help broaden the coverage of PCPs from 10 to more than 20 sectors.
  7. New PCPs will be offered in sectors such as logistics, energy management, wholesale international trading and hotels.
  8. Regarding Mr Yeow's suggestion that older PMETs be trained to perform X-rays and scans, he may be interested to know that there are currently five healthcare PCPs that aim to place and train mid-career PMETs in various healthcare professions, including diagnostic radiographers.
  9. Besides offering PCPs, the Ministry of Manpower has also strengthened employment support for PMETs through the Career Support Programme and P-Max.
  10. The Career Support Programme was recently enhanced to provide wage support for up to one year to employers who hire PMETs aged below 40 who are made redundant and unemployed for six months or more; and PMETs aged 40 and above who are made redundant, or who are unemployed for six months or more.
  11. More PMETs can also be matched with small and medium-sized enterprises through P-Max.
  12. Taken together, these programmes under the Adapt and Grow initiative will offer opportunities for older PMETs to find employment and be equipped with the relevant skills.
  13. We encourage individuals to visit the Singapore Workforce Development Agency's website for more information.

Give older PMETs jobs, then train them
- The Straits Times, 17 June 2016

  1. Currently, older professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) are encouraged to go for various training programmes, but with no job in sight.
  2. Why not first place them into jobs which they have the aptitude for, and then send them for training and upgrading?
  3. This way, precious time and money are not wasted.
  4. For instance, I notice that a lot of hospitals employ foreigners to do X-rays and scans. These jobs could be done by older PMETs, given the requisite training.
  5. There are many more such jobs in the private and public sectors.
  6. The Government could incentivise more employers to recruit older PMETs, even if they do not have the relevant experience or qualifications, as long as they have the right attitude and aptitude to be trained for the job.
  7. This would help alleviate the unemployment rate of older PMETs.