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
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:
- 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, the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) or an overseas university. More information and application details are can be found on the SgIS website.
- 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 and application details are 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 for two power engineering-related courses, namely Singapore Polytechnic’s Advanced Diploma in Power Engineering and Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Specialist Diploma in Electrical Design and Operation.
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. More details on the PLT can be found here.
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.
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 on the SkillsFuture Study Awards website.
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 the industry, the Union of Power and Gas Employees, SkillsFuture Singapore and Workforce Singapore. Learn more about SFwEP.
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.
Building a Strong Core of Power Engineering Professionals for the Public Service (PEPS)
Leveraging EMA’s experience within the energy sector, our
mandate was expanded to develop power engineering capabilities for the Public
Service. We work closely with the Public Service Division, Science &
Technology Policy and Plans Office and 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.
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