The energy sector plays a critical role in Singapore’s economy and our daily lives. As technological disruptions and other challenges transform the energy landscape and new chapters are opened in Singapore’s Energy Story, our workforce must evolve in order to remain at the forefront. To this end, EMA has been working closely with the industry, the Union of Power and Gas Employees (UPAGE), the institutions of higher learning (IHLs) and government agencies on various manpower development and outreach initiatives, in both the private and public sectors.

Today, we are focusing our efforts on two areas: (i) raising awareness amongst youths and (ii) building up capacities and capabilities to ensure a future-ready workforce.

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Raising Awareness Amongst Youths

As part of efforts to nurture a consistent pipeline of manpower and cultivate interest in the energy sector, we have put in place various initiatives to raise awareness over the years. They include:

Industry Scholarships

  • Singapore-Industry Scholarship (SgIS) - Launched by the Ministry of Education in 2012, the SgIS aims to nurture a strong core of local talent with the requisite skills and capabilities to contribute to Singapore’s power sector. The SgIS is open to Singaporeans pursuing their undergraduate studies at a local autonomous university or an overseas university. More information is available here.

  • Energy-Industry Scholarship (EIS) - Launched by EMA in 2014, the EIS is Singapore’s first scholarship dedicated to developing and nurturing talent for the power sector. The scholarship is open to those who are, or will be, pursuing relevant engineering courses at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and polytechnics. More information is available here.

SkillsFuture Work-Study Programmes (WSPs)

In 2015, to support the transition of students into the workforce, EMA worked with the industry and IHLs to roll out WSPs in Singapore Polytechnic and Ngee Ann Polytechnic. For more information, please refer here.


Powering Lives Trails (PLT)

In 2016, we launched the PLT, the energy sector’s first-ever experiential learning journey targeted at IHL students, teaching staff and education and career guidance officers. Through learning journeys to five different sites not normally open to the public, the PLT aims to bring engineering concepts to life and interest students in a career in the energy sector. Learn more about the PLT here. *

The PLT is currently on hold. Please check back soon!


Energy Education Resources

Since 2017, EMA has been collaborating with MOE to develop a series of Science (Physics and Chemistry) and Humanities (Geography and Economics) videos showcasing concepts relevant to the energy sector (e.g. fuel sources, energy storage systems, electricity market structure, etc.). These videos aim to inspire and infuse interest amongst students about energy-related issues, bring to life industry case studies to enhance the classroom learning experience, and profile power engineering roles in the sector.

[New!] Energy Ambassadors Programme (EAP)

The Energy Ambassadors Programme (EAP) was launched by the Energy Market Authority (EMA) in 2018 and aims to identify students with a keen interest in energy-related issues, as well as sustain their enthusiasm by involving them in sector-wide outreach events. This is part of EMA’s effort to create and nurture a group of like-minded individuals who are enthusiastic and are interested in contributing to the energy sector. For more information and, please refer to here.




Building a Future-Ready Workforce

In tandem with the evolving energy sector, it is imperative to ensure that the workforce receives the necessary training to up-skill and re-skill themselves. On this front, we have put in place various platforms, including:


SkillsFuture Study Award for Power Sector 

Launched in July 2016, the SkillsFuture Study Award for the Power Sector seeks to support early to mid-career Singaporeans in the power or related sectors in deepening their engineering skills. Successful applicants of the SkillsFuture Study Award will each receive S$5,000. This award is bond-free and can be used in addition to existing government course fee subsidies. More information is available here.

Note: The SkillsFuture Study Awards will be discontinued on 1 April 2022, as part of SSG’s broader efforts to review existing schemes and prioritise resources for programmes that deliver stronger manpower development outcomes. Eligible Singaporeans who wish to apply for the award should submit their applications by 31 January 2022.

 


Skills Framework for Energy and Power (SFwEP)

In 2018, we launched the SFwEP, a competency framework which maps out the career progression pathways and skillsets of more than 120 existing and emerging job roles in the power sector. The SFwEP was developed in partnership with SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), Workforce Singapore (WSG), together with industry associations, training providers, organisations and unions. Learn more about the SFwEP here.


Singapore Institute of Power and Gas (SIPG)

Established in 2014, the SIPG serves as an industry-led centralised training institute for the power and gas sectors. Courses offered by the institute range from power plant operations and network planning and development, to LEW-related courses. To reach SIPG for enquiries on training courses, you can email training-institute@spgroup.com.sg.




Building a Strong Core of Power Engineering Professionals for the Public Service (PEPS)


Leveraging EMA’s experience in the energy sector, our mandate was expanded to develop power engineering capabilities for the Public Service (PEPS). We work closely with the Public Service Division, Science & Technology Policy and Plans Office and other relevant agencies to implement various initiatives to enhance awareness of power engineering job roles in the Public Service and ensure that the current workforce is trained to handle existing and emerging technologies in their respective areas. For more info on PEPS, please click here

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