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ST Engineering Signs MOU with WDA to Collaborate on SkillsFuture Initiatives

100 ST Engineering technical staff to be placed under SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme over the next three years, along with collaborations on SkillsFuture Study Awards, SkillsFuture Fellowships and Sectoral Manpower Plans

Singapore, 15 July 2015 – Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) today signalled its commitment to the national SkillsFuture movement by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA).

The MOU signing underscores ST Engineering’s plans to collaborate with WDA on SkillsFuture initiatives such as the:

  •         SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme
  •         SkillsFuture Study Awards
  •         SkillsFuture Fellowships
  •         Sectoral Manpower Plans 

The company will identify and sponsor at least 100 technical staff in Aerospace Engineering, Marine Engineering, Precision Engineering, Logistics Management and InfoComm Technology for the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme over the next three years. They will receive classroom and structured on-the-job training, leading to industry-recognised qualifications.

To further develop the careers of its employees, the company will also nominate its experienced employees to acquire deep specialised skills through the SkillsFuture Study Awards. The company will also support some of these employees in their pursuit of skills mastery via the SkillsFuture Fellowships.

In addition, ST Engineering will support WDA to develop and implement the Sectoral Manpower Plans in sectors relevant to ST Engineering. The Sectoral Manpower Plans are currently being designed by Government agencies, employers, unions, training providers and other stakeholders to identify and develop future skills in the workforce. Progression pathways based on skills are also currently being created to serve as reference guides on skills-based talent and career development for employers, training providers and individuals spanning various sectors.

The MOU also covers other WDA initiatives – including Adult Educator training programmes, Professional Conversion Programmes and WorkPro – which ST Engineering will participate in, so as to build a pipeline of local talent according to its business needs.

The MOU was signed by Mr Ng Cher Pong, Chief Executive of WDA, and Mr Vincent Chong, ST Engineering’s Deputy CEO (Corporate Development). The signing was witnessed by Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Senior Minister of State for Trade & Industry and National Development, as well as representatives from Ngee Ann, Nanyang, Republic and Temasek Polytechnics and unions.

Mr Ng said: “We are excited about the strong commitment demonstrated by ST Engineering towards SkillsFuture. By tapping on SkillsFuture, ST Engineering is proactively creating a conducive environment for its employees to learn continually and progress in their careers based on skills mastery. This will enable the company to continue to build deep engineering capabilities, which are central to its businesses, and also to create quality jobs for its employees. I would like to call upon more progressive employers to adopt SkillsFuture and collectively build a strong Singaporean core and enhance Singapore’s competitiveness.”

Said Mr Tan Pheng Hock, ST Engineering’s President & CEO: “We are committed to develop our staff and equip them with the right competencies to maintain their professional edge. Whether as individuals or as corporations the challenge is the same – we have to work to stay relevant to the global marketplace that is growing more complex by the day. This is an investment we are making both into their future and ours.”

Mr Mah Cheong Fatt, Executive Secretary of the Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Employees’ Union (SMEEU), said: “SMEEU is glad that ST Engineering has embraced SkillsFuture to empower Singaporeans to realise their fullest potential through lifelong learning and skills mastery. We look forward to working with ST Marine and Ngee Ann Polytechnic on the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme for Marine & Offshore Engineering. We hope that through the programme, students will take the first step towards developing deep skills, and thereby strengthen the Singapore core in the industry.”

For media enquiries, please contact:
Letticia Fong

Manager, Corporate Communications
ST Engineering
DID:     +65 6722-1881
Email:  letticiafong@stengg.com

Steven Ng
Principal Manager, Corporate & Marketing Communications
Singapore Workforce Development Agency
DID:     +65 6512-1241
HP:      +65 9850-3367
Email:  steven_ng@wda.gov.sg

About ST Engineering

ST Engineering (Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd) is an integrated engineering group providing solutions and services in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. Headquartered in Singapore, the Group reported revenue of $6.54b in FY2014 and ranks among the largest companies listed on the Singapore Exchange. It is a component stock of the FTSE Straits Times Index, MSCI Singapore and other indices. ST Engineering has about 23,000 employees worldwide, and over 100 subsidiaries and associated companies in 46 cities across 24 countries. Please visit www.stengg.com for more information.

About Singapore Workforce Development Agency
The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) enhances the competitiveness of our workforce by encouraging workers to learn for life and advance with skills. In today's economy, most jobs require not just knowledge, but also skills. WDA collaborates with employers, industry associations, the Union and training organisations, to develop and strengthen the Continuing Education and Training system that is skills-based, open and accessible, as a mainstream pathway for all workers – young and older, from rank and file to professionals and executives – to upgrade and advance in their careers and lives. For more information, please visit www.wda.gov.sg.

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