The logistics sector is expecting growth, and companies must adapt and evolve to meet the sector’s needs.
To accelerate transformation, NTUC Secretary-General Ng Chee Meng urged more logistics companies to form Company Training Committees (CTCs) and tap the $70 million NTUC CTC Grant.
The labour chief was speaking at the Supply Chain and Logistics Academy (SCALA) graduation ceremony on 1 December 2022 at YCH Group’s Supply Chain City.
He said that Singapore is a major logistics hub and will continue to be an essential contributor to Singapore’s GDP.
According to the Ministry of Manpower’s employment statistics, the logistics sector contributed a value-add of $6.8 billion in 2018 and generated more than 86,300 jobs.
Mr Ng also called on companies to tap NTUC’s tools and knowledge. One such tool is the Operation & Technology Roadmap, which helps identify skills gaps, redesign jobs and curate training for workers.
He said: “NTUC wants to partner with our logistics industry players to equip workers with relevant future skills to become the Worker 4.0.
“We will continue to champion workers’ interests and help our workers to upskill. Courses like the advanced certificate programmes in logistics management, transportation and e-commerce will help our workers expand their skills, which would benefit their personal growth and career development.”
NTUC has formed more than 1,000 CTCs with over 150 companies across 20 sectors, and NTUC targets to form 2,500 CTCs by 2025.
YCH Group is one such company that formed a CTC with the Supply Chain Employees’ Union in 2019.
The SCALA graduation ceremony saw 180 students from 2021 and 2022 graduating after nine months of classes with the academy.
The graduates took modules such as Logistics Solution Design Thinking, Automation Design and Data Analysis.
Most graduates were mid-career switchers looking to set foot in the logistics industry and have completed the Supply Chain Professional Career Conversion Programme.
The conversion programme was launched under the Adapt and Grow initiative, a collaboration programme between SCALA and Workforce Singapore.
SCALA Founder and YCH Group Executive Chairman Robert Yap said that the lack of human capital has always plagued the supply chain and logistics industry.
Dr Yap added: “Ours is a labour-reliant sector, and without the people, we would not be able to scale to where we are today. Only through investing in the people can we continually innovate and remain competitive.”
For more information on the Company Training Committees, visit e2i.com.sg/ctc.