New $20 Million Training Fund For Power Sector

27 Oct 2014

The Energy Market Authority is establishing a new $20 million Energy Training Fund to build a strong core of Singaporean technical professionals for the Power sector.  This fund will help meet the sector’s manpower needs by supporting two key areas of manpower training, namely:

  • Development of new power-related training programmes for EMA-approved training providers: co-funding of up to 50 percent of qualifying costs; and
  • Co-sharing of costs of local technical employees attending the EMA-approved training programmes: funding of up to 70 percent of course fees. 

More details can be found in the Annex (Download PDF).
 
2. On why this fund was established, Mr Chee Hong Tat, Chief Executive, EMA said, “It is important for EMA to support and work with the industry to develop a strong Singaporean core of technical professionals for the power sector.  This includes opportunities for skills upgrading and continuous education and training, so that our workers are well-equipped to meet the sector’s current and future needs.” 
 
3. This new training fund supports an earlier set of initiatives recommended by the industry-led Power Sector Manpower Taskforce (PSMT) to develop programmes and manpower to meet the challenges of the future.  On the timing of this move, Mr. Quek Poh Huat, Senior Adviser of Singapore Power Ltd, who chaired the PSMT said, “This new training fund reflects the Government’s willingness to listen to industry feedback, and address the impending shortage of technical professionals due to an ageing workforce.  It is timely and it complements the industry driven initiative to set up the Singapore Institute of Power and Gas (SIPG) to establish a one-stop professional training and development centre for the Power sector.”
 
4. Mr Nachiappan RKS, General Secretary of Union of Power and Gas Employees (UPAGE) welcomed this initiative and said, “We are heartened by the strong commitment from the Industry as well as the Government to invest in workforce training and development to upgrade and reskill our workers with the relevant skillsets.  This will also encourage more young Singaporeans to join and grow with the sector.”

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About the Energy Market Authority 

The Energy Market Authority (EMA) is a statutory board under the Ministry of Trade and Industry.  Our main goals are to ensure a reliable and secure energy supply, promote effective competition in the energy market and develop a dynamic energy sector in Singapore.  Through our work, EMA seeks to forge a progressive energy landscape for sustained growth. Visit www.ema.gov.sg for more information.



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