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Singaporeans in the construction industry will soon be able to tap into a government training fund more than once.
SINGAPORE: Singaporeans in the construction industry will soon be able to tap into a government training fund more than once.
The Workforce Training and Upgrading Scheme can currently fund up to 80 per cent of the cost of a training course for eligible trainees.
The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) told reporters at an annual dinner of the Singapore Contractors Association on Friday that details of the expanded funding are being worked out.
Speaking at the event, Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin said the aim is to encourage more Singaporeans in the construction sector to take up training.
With Singapore ramping up its housing and transport infrastructure, construction demand will continue to increase in the next two years.
Mr Tan urged the construction industry as a whole not to let up on the productivity drive.
He said: "We know the construction industry is going through a difficult time because of the tightened manpower situation and the transformation needs to take place.
"It is not a question of choice, whether we should or we should not. I hope you realise by now it is a necessity, something we need to do. But it's something we need to work at together."