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One-stop SkillsFuture portal launched to help Singaporeans make informed learning and career plans

One-stop SkillsFuture portal launched to help Singaporeans make informed learning and career plans

Two new SkillsFuture initiatives, MySkillsFuture portal (MySkillsFuture.sg) and
SkillsFuture Advice for Individuals, were launched
by Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social
Policies, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, today to provide Singaporeans with both
online and offline access to information about skills and training, as well as
job opportunities.

SkillsFuture is
a statutory body under the Ministry of Education which aims to facilitate
continuous education and training, upgrading skills to keep up with the fast
pace of technological advancements and increasing competition.

MySkillsFuture portal

MySkillsFuture is a one-stop portal for all Singaporeans, offering
resources for students in schools, tertiary students and people in the
workforce. Singaporeans can log into the MySkillsFuture portal using their
SingPass. MySkillsFuture is also available as a mobile app.

Each individual will have a personalised account for their
learning and career plans, which can follow them through life. This enables
them to more effectively make informed learning and career choices at every
stage of their lives.

SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), Workforce Singapore (WSG) and
the Ministry of Education (MOE) developed MySkillsFuture, in close consultation
with numerous government agencies and industry stakeholders who provided
updated and insightful information about their respective industries. These
partners include LinkedIn, SingTel, Courts Singapore Pte Ltd and The Lo &
Behold Group, who also contributed articles and other resources for
MySkillsFuture.

The portal offers features
such as a Career Quest game, Self-Assessment Tool, Industry Insights and
ePortfolio to help users make informed decisions towards career planning. 

For
instance, the Career Quest game allows students to learn more about different
industries, job roles and work values by using a customised avatar to explore a
virtual world. By interacting with virtual characters and completing quests,
students can discover the world of work in a fun and interactive way. Career
Quest also features six mini games where students can find out more about their
strengths and skills.  

Access to the SkillsFuture Credit course directory (now
known as the Training Exchange) and jobs listings posted under the National
Jobs Bank will also be available through the portal.

For students, MySkillsFuture will be used as a resource to
support Education and Career Guidance. Every student from Primary 5 to
Pre-University will be given an individual account to access the portal.
 They can use it to explore and discover different industry sectors and
educational pathways through interactive tools.  

Adults and tertiary students can discover their career
interests and work values, obtain information about the industries, apply for
courses, and search and apply for jobs through five key features: i)
Self-Assessment, ii) Training Exchange, iii) Jobs Bank, iv) Industry Insights
and v) Career Resources.

Employers can also tap on MySkillsFuture to identify
suitable programmes and resources in order to deepen the capabilities of their
employees. Similarly, training providers can use the portal to reach out to a
wider audience for their programmes, and enhance their knowledge on labour
market trends to deliver customised and quality training.

MySkillsFuture has been made available to schools since
August this year, and the initial feedback from users has been positive.
Notwithstanding this, SSG, WSG and MOE plan to continually enhance
MySkillsFuture and expand the resources available in it to improve the overall
user experience.

SkillsFuture advice for individuals

SkillsFuture Advice for Individuals is a community outreach
initiative to help more Singaporeans understand the importance of skills
upgrading and career planning.  SkillsFuture Advice for Individuals is
targeted at all Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents, namely fresh school
leavers, working professionals, mid-career switchers, returning professionals
and individuals in their golden years.

Through a strategic partnership between SSG and the
Community Development Councils (CDCs), with support from WSG, People’s
Association (PA) and Employment and Employability Institute (e2i), SkillsFuture
Advice for Individuals programmes and workshops will be conducted at the
community level, to encourage more people to embark on their SkillsFuture
journey.

The CDCs have strong community networks and they run a range
of programmes that engage residents. To leverage on that, Ms. Low Yen Ling,
Chairman of Mayors’ Committee (representing the Office of Mayors) has signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mr. Ng Cher Pong, Chief Executive of
SSG, to collaborate on the SkillsFuture Advice for Individuals initiative, in
partnership with WSG, e2i and PA.

A series of free workshops will be conducted for residents
in four languages at easily accessible venues such as community clubs and
community centres. Workshop attendees will receive information on key work
trends and skills required for the workplace. They will also identify their job
interests and develop their personal skills upgrading plan, as well as learn
how to use MySkillsFuture at these workshops.

Since the pilot in July this year, about 1,000 Singaporeans
have attended the workshops. SSG and the CDCs expect to reach out to 80,000
Singaporeans over three years.

Featured image: Screenshot from MySkillsFuture.sg portal