SkillsFuture Series to be refreshed from Jan 1, 2023; to focus on digital, green, care economies

The three economies were identified as emerging industry trends and developments following a report published by SkillsFuture Singapore.

Fitri Mahad

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Published: 23 November 2022, 12:27 PM

The SkillsFuture Series programme by SkillsFuture Singapore will see a refreshed syllabus to support emerging industry trends and developments from Jan 1, 2023. 

In its second national skills report published on Tuesday (Nov 22), SkillsFuture Singapore spotlighted the Digital, Green and Care economies as they “heavily influence the emergence of new skills demand across many different industry sectors.”

SkillsFuture Series is a curated list of “short, industry-relevant training programmes that focus on emerging skills”. 

The refreshed series will see its current eight categories reorganised into the three economies, and will retain its proficiency levels of Basic, Intermediate and Advanced.

The Skills Demand for the Future Economy Report is aimed at sharing jobs and skills insights with Singaporeans so that they can better plan their skills development journey, said SkillsFuture Singapore.

It also provides “a deeper understanding of the priority skills associated with these economies”.

The report factors in skills measured by high demand growth, and skills transferability. 

Skills demand growth is defined as the “relative increase in demand for a skill, where skills with high demand growth are more likely to see shortages now and in the near term.” Skills transferability is reflected as “how many unique job roles require a skill, which contributes to an individual’s career versatility”.

Within the Green economy, the report highlighted skills including Environmental Sustainability Management and Environment and Social Governance required across many sectors.

Environmental Sustainability Management is required by more than 400 job roles, while Environment and Social Governance is required by close to 300 job roles, the report found.

The report also explained how “many existing jobs” will require green skills as companies across sectors adopt more “environmentally sustainable practices and develop sustainability targets for compliance and reporting.” 

Within the digital sector, the report explained that skills in Software Development and Cloud, Systems and Infrastructure domains would grow in demand as businesses develop more digital products and build up their IT networks and infrastructure.

Digital skills highlighted by the report include Software Design and User Experience Design, citing a demand growth of more than 80 per cent and are required by up to 300 job roles.

Skills within the Care Economy included the Change Management, required by close to 800 job roles, on the basis of how businesses “continually adjust” to the economic needs.

The report also pointed out that skills including Human Resource Advisory, Coaching and Mentoring, Performance Management, are in demand due to the “tight labour market”. These skills are required in more than 600 job roles. 

Those who wish to view programmes under the current SkillsFuture Series can do so on the SkillsFuture Singapore’s website. The refreshed series can be viewed in full here.

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