The Power sector plays a critical role in sustaining Singapore’s economy. In this regard, EMA has been working closely with the industry to put in place various manpower initiatives. There is a need to build up a strong core of local talent in the Power sector, and to ensure the sector’s long-term manpower needs are met.

Meeting Future Manpower Requirements

The Power sector faces an ageing workforce with a median age of 48[1]. With the dynamic energy landscape (e.g. Singapore’s first Liquefied Natural Gas terminal, new plantings and innovations in smart grids, gas and energy storage technologies), demand for a skilled local workforce is expected to grow further.

Against this backdrop, the Power Sector Manpower Taskforce (PSMT) was set up in March 2012 to identify and recommend strategies to build up manpower capacities and capabilities for Singapore’s Power sector. The PSMT was led by Mr. Quek Poh Huat, Senior Adviser, Singapore Power. The taskforce comprised senior representatives from Power sector companies, the Union of Power and Gas Employees, institutions of higher learning and government agencies.

After a 10-month review, the PSMT submitted three key recommendations which were accepted by the Government in January 2013. In summary, the three broad recommendations were to: 

  1. Develop an “Attraction, Retention and Development” Framework;
  2. Embark on a sector-wide branding exercise; and
  3. Adopt a coordinated approach to drive manpower efforts.

Read the full report here.

Sembcorp - EMA Energy Challenge (SEEC)

EMA has partnered Sembcorp to launch the Sembcorp-EMA Energy Challenge (SEEC), to inspire more Singaporeans to consider careers in the power sector. The SEEC is targeted at engineering students in the ITEs, polytechnics and universities.

Students will have the opportunity to visit Sembcorp’s facilities, and join an exciting competition where they will be challenged to solve practical, real-world challenges faced by power sector professionals in their course of work. Winners of the competition will also be offered coveted internship opportunities at Sembcorp and cash prizes.  The internships allow students to deepen their technical knowledge as well as mingle with power engineers and industry leaders. 

Scholarships for the Power Sector

To attract the best talents to join the sector, EMA has been working closely with various agencies, Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) and industry players to offer scholarships to those keen to join the sector.

Energy-Industry Scholarship (EIS)

Launched by EMA in 2014, the EIS is Singapore’s first dedicated scholarship aimed at developing and nurturing talent for the local Power sector. The scholarship is open to those who will be, or are currently, pursuing relevant engineering courses at the local Institutes of Technical Education (ITE) and polytechnics. More information is available on the EIS website.

Singapore-Industry Scholarship (SgIS)

Launched by the Ministry of Education in 2012, this scholarship is aimed at nurturing a strong core of local Singapore talent with the requisite skills and capabilities to steer and contribute to the Power sector. Singaporeans pursuing their undergraduate studies at a local autonomous university, the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) or an overseas university are eligible to apply for the SgIS. More information is available on the SgIS website.

Dedicated Degree Programme in Electrical Power Engineering

To encourage youths to consider a career in the Power sector, EMA collaborated with the Singapore Institute of Technology and Newcastle University (NU) to introduce a dedicated power engineering degree programme in Singapore.

The two-year Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Electrical Power Engineering targets polytechnic students with relevant diplomas. Students graduating from this programme will be equipped with specialised knowledge and practical skill sets. This will allow them to manage a myriad of power engineering issues, ranging from power generation to transmission and distribution.

The programme commenced in September 2013 at the SIT-NU facility in Nanyang Polytechnic. 

SkillsFuture Study Awards for Power Sector

Launched in July 2016, the SkillsFuture Study Awards 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 Awards 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 on the SkillsFuture Study Awards website.

[1] Figures based on manpower landscape study conducted in 2011.
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