As Singapore’s economy restructures and the workforce adapts, the role of career practitioners and advisors becomes more important as they guide young citizens to pursue their dream jobs. In this connection, Workforce Singapore (WSG) launched a framework for career professionals to develop their own competencies.
The Career Development Framework provides four levels of certification that career advisors can work towards, and programmes to help them make the grade. The course will be introduced over the next two years.
Through this framework, career practitioners and advisers are getting a roadmap of their own - one that will professionalise the work they do.
Launching the Career Development Framework, Josephine Teo, Manpower Minister of Singapore said, “As recently as five to 10 years ago, this was quite a new profession in Singapore ... Today, however, we have built up a sizeable community of career practitioners.”
“As our economy restructures and our workforce adapts, the role of career professionals becomes more important. We must recognise their critical place in helping people transit successfully from one occupation to another,” she added.
The framework is expected to benefit about 150 career coaches from WSG’s Careers Connect and NTUC’s e2i centres, as well as more than 90 education and career guidance counsellors in secondary schools, junior colleagues and post-secondary educational institutions.
The programme was attended by about 300 career professionals, comprising career practitioners, career advisers, HR practitioners and education and career guidance counsellors.