Senior Minister of State for Transport in Singapore Dr Janil Puthucheary launched the new skills framework for the public transport industry, which will help the people to upgrade their skills in the industry, today.
The new skills framework was launched to support the Industry Transformation Map for land transport that was earlier launched in February this year.
“The Skills Framework provides information on public transport career opportunities in 87 job roles across four different tracks – rail operations, rail engineering, bus operations and bus fleet engineering,” stated the joint release issued by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), the Employment and Employability Institute, SkillsFuture Singapore and Workforce Singapore.
An exhibition was held to showcase more information on the training programmes and career pathways.
Current employees who want to progress in their careers, as well as those who want to join the industry, can use the framework to see where they can go and then attend relevant training programmes to improve their skills and prepare themselves for the desired jobs.
The training programmes under the new framework include some focus on emerging skills in the industry, such as data analytics, cybersecurity, robotics and automation, the agencies said.
“Jobseekers interested in joining the public transport industry can refer to e2i and WSG’s career advisory and training programmes. The Adapt and Grow Professional Conversion Programmes (PCP) for the Rail and Public Bus industries will equip mid-career entrants with the relevant competencies to pursue a successful career in the public transport industry,” said LTA in the release.
Dedicated professional training institutes such as the Singapore Bus Academy and Singapore Rail Academy will also offer new programmes mapped against the Skills Framework for Public Transport.
“The skills framework will be reviewed at least every two years. It is focused on rail and bus operations and maintenance as these are where there are pressing needs given Singapore’s plans for expansion,” said Dr Janil during the launch of the new skills framework.
During the launch, Dr Janil also presented the Public Transport Study Awards to 40 outstanding individuals who have exemplified professionalism, skills mastery, and dedication to continuous learning in the public transport industry.
Launched in November 2015, the Awards support the overall plan to attract, develop and retain skilled public transport workers, and include scholarships, book prizes and sponsorships to pursue industry-relevant courses.