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Employers, workers say WSQ training boosts productivity: WDA

Both employers and employees say they have benefited from the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) training since its implementation in their companies.

SINGAPORE: Both employers and employees have benefited from the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) training since its implementation in their companies. This is according to the Workforce Development Agency's (WDA) 2013 Outcomes Evaluation Survey (OES) released on Wednesday (June 11).

According to the OES, 77 per cent of 1,480 companies reported a positive impact on work productivity after putting their employees through WSQ training in 2013. This is an increase compared to 74 per cent in 2012. The training includes learning new skills to perform new job functions, personal interest and preparing for higher level jobs.

Some 70 per cent of companies also said the quality of their products have increased, compared to 66 per cent last year. The proportion of companies that saw improvements in sales and profitability also increased from 48 per cent in 2012 to 56 per cent last year, it added.

There was a slight drop in terms of companies finding WSQ trainings useful though, with 83 per cent of companies indicating it was useful compared to 2012's figure of 85 per cent.

In a separate survey released on the same day, the WDA stated its Awareness and Adoption (AAS) Survey showed an increase in the number of companies adopting WSQ. About 54 per cent of companies said they adopted WSQ training in 2013, compared to 43 per cent the year before.

A total of 7,480 companies were polled in the AAS survey, WDA said.

TRAINING USEFUL FOR WORKERS

Employees also benefited from the WSQ training, according to the OES findings. According to the findings, 83 per cent of the 8,270 trainees found the training useful, a rise from 81 per cent in 2012. Some 97 per cent of them said they were able to apply the skills attained at work compared to 94 per cent the previous year.

The number of trainees who said that they performed more effectively and efficiently at work has also increased from 92 per cent in 2012, to 95 per cent in 2013, the OES stated.

However, the number of trainees reporting higher motivation at work dropped from 77 per cent in 2012, to 71 per cent in 2013.

“Our annual surveys continue to show that companies and individuals find WSQ training useful for improving individual and business performance," said Mr Ng Cher Pong, Chief Executive of WDA.

"WDA will continue to strengthen our Continuing Education and Training (CET) system and keep WSQ courses updated and current, to help our workforce stay agile and career resilient in an evolving world fuelled with uncertainty.” 

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