$20m training boost for power sector workers

The newly-set up Singapore Institute of Power and Gas is headed by Singapore Power’s Senior Adviser, Mr Quek Poh Huat (right), and MD of SP Training and Consultancy Company, Mr Christopher Lim (left).

Training opportunities abound this year for power sector workers. They come in the form of a $20 million Energy Training Fund and a new industry-led Singapore Institute of Power and Gas training centre.

Announced by Minister S Iswaran at the Singapore International Energy Week 2014, the Fund aims to build a strong core of Singaporean technical professionals for the power sector. He also shared how the Fund will help meet manpower needs by supporting two key areas of manpower training:

  1. The development of new power-related training programmes for EMA-approved training providers, with co-funding of up to 50 percent of qualifying costs; and
  2. The co-sharing of costs for local technical employees attending EMA-approved training programmes, with funding of up to 70 percent of course fees.

The newly-set up Singapore Institute of Power and Gas will be a one-stop training and development centre for the power sector. It is supported by the key power generation companies. The first courses are expected to be ready in 2015. The training areas covered will range from power plant operations to solar grid integration and asset management.