SINGAPORE: As Singapore restructures its economy, Manpower Minister Mr Lim Swee Say has said he will work closely with the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) and Ministry of Education (MOE) to deliver meaningful jobs for Singaporeans, by ensuring a better match between available jobs and the skills required.
Mr Lim added that he is the link between MTI and MOE, and that the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will bring the jobs of the future and the skills of the future together.
“I call this careers of the future. So my job at MOM is to keep finding ways to enable the jobs of the future and skills of the future to progress in sync, so that our Singaporeans, having acquired the skills of the future, can be matched with the jobs of the future," he explained, speaking at a dialogue session on Wednesday (Sep 30) during the Singapore Human Capital Summit, which is jointly organised by MOM and the Human Capital Leadership Institute.
Mr Lim also noted that he intends to work more closely with companies that provide good opportunities for Singaporeans.
He said: "I work with many organisations. Some companies I spend more time with them because we have an alignment - they pursue their business growth, but at the same time, we see a lot of alignment between what they do and I hope to do for my fellow Singaporeans.
“So what we are looking for is partnership. Whether they are companies from US, Europe or Asia, it does not matter. As far as I am concerned, any company that can be competitive operating out of Singapore and at the same time offer good employment for Singaporeans … are the good companies to work with."
Mr Lim said human capital development has a key role in shaping the future of Singapore's economy, by building a strong Singapore core supported by a good quality foreign workforce.