Beyond job placement, the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) aims to help working people of all ages, collars and nationalities make progress in their careers, enhance their skills and knowledge, and future-proof their jobs. Through various programmes, initiatives and workshops, NTUC also strives to uplift workers’ productivity and help them upskill, reskill and multi-skill.
Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) courses and short courses
NTUC and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) collaborate to help advance the professional development of Singapore’s workforce in preparation for future challenges. Announced on 1 May 2016, under the College of Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE), 28 Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) courses and a wide range of short courses jointly identified by NTUC and NTU will be offered to working people.
TEL courses are undergraduate-level courses offered as standalone programs and have been developed for technology-enhanced learning using the new flipped classroom pedagogy. Students can access and study course materials online before engaging in face-to-face discussions and brainstorming sessions with classmates and professors. The short courses will complement the TEL courses with shorter duration classroom-type programmes ranging from engineering to management disciplines and various soft-skills.
First intake for the TEL courses will commence in August 2016. Course information, course pre-requisites and online course registration will be available from 15 June 2016.
Short courses are scheduled throughout the year and registration can be done up to two weeks before course commencement date. Union members who sign up for these courses can enjoy course fee subsidies under the Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP), subject to a funding cap of $250 per year.
For queries related to the TEL courses and the short courses, please click here.
Alternatively, you may call the NTU PaCE College Hotline at 6790-4212 or email them at CoPaCE@ntu.edu.sg.
For queries on course fee subsidies under the UTAP, please call the NTUC Membership Hotline at 6213-8008 or find out more here.
NTUC’s e2i (Employment and Employability Institute)
NTUC’s e2i is a one-stop, skills-based institute for all working people ranging from the rank and file to Professionals, Managers and Executives (PMEs). e2i offers career coaching, skills upgrading and training resources for working people to enhance their skill sets and knowledge as part of the Labour Movement’s aim to “Make Every Worker a Better Worker”.
Through training in T-shaped capabilities covering horizontal skills such as leadership and language skills that apply across industries to acquiring deep skills that are industry-specific for progress in various professions, e2i helps working people match their training to industry needs. Included also are a slew of Professional Development courses for skills upgrading or upskilling. In addition, e2i’s Resource Hub provides vital information about the various industries in Singapore for a deeper understanding of the different sectors.
To enhance the lifelong employability of Singapore’s working people, NTUC LearningHub was corporatised in 2004 to better serve them. As one of the leading training providers, NTUC LearningHub offers training programmes in Infocomm Technology, Professional IT Certificates, Soft Skills & Literacy, Workplace Safety & Health, Employability Skills System, Customer Service Training, Pharmaceutical, Trades, Cleaning, WSQ Security, and Manufacturing Skills.
It also helps companies identify training needs, develop training curriculum, and deliver up-to-date training programmes for their workers.
NTUC LearningHub's latest initiative is Next U®, a training programme for Professionals, Managers and Executives (PMEs). The focus of this training programme is on developing a new breed of professionals with T-shaped competencies - both deep skills in their areas of expertise as well as broad knowledge in areas such as finance, business operations, and project management.
Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)
The Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP) is an individual skills upgrading account that NTUC members can use for skills upgrading and training. With UTAP, members can benefit from course funding at 50% of the unfunded course fees capped at $250 every year. Members can also use UTAP together with the SkillsFuture Credit (SFC) for SFC and UTAP approved courses to help defray their costs of training and skills upgrading.
Inclusive Growth Programme (IGP)
Launched in 2010 to boost industry redevelopment, promote inclusive growth, and ensure that productivity gains are shared with workers through higher wages, the scheme sets aside S$100 million for companies to improve productivity and increase the skills and wages of some 100,000 low-wage workers. Administered by e2i, IGP can be used to fund companies’ productivity drives, invest in automation, re-engineer processes, re-design workflows, and move towards NTUC’s Progressive Wage Model (PWM) for sustainability and scalability.
The WorkPro scheme is a joint effort of the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) in consultation with the tripartite partners. The scheme serves to augment local manpower, foster progressive workplaces, and strengthen the Singaporean core in the workforce.
WorkPro provides help and support to employers adopting progressive workplace practices such as employing mature workers and back-to-work locals, or allowing their employees to go on flexible work arrangements (FWA); and re-design jobs. NTUC is one of the administrators of WorkPro.
WorkPro is open to all Singapore-registered or incorporated companies, societies and non-profit organisations as well as Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents (PR) of Singapore.