SINGAPORE: A manpower plan for the retail sector was launched on Thursday (Dec 10), focusing on redesigning jobs in the industry and building a “future-ready” retail workforce.
Developed in consultation with industry stakeholders and unions, the Retail Sectoral Manpower Plan (SMP) is an initiative by SPRING Singapore and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA).
Speaking at the launch, Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say noted that with the rise of e-commerce, traditional retail is changing. Retailers are also facing challenges in terms of business costs and manpower constraints, he said.
Under the Retail SMP, retailers will get support from the Government in enhancing jobs and business models. More training opportunities will also be provided for retail employees and students.
The plan covers four key initiatives, starting with a business remodelling and job redesign study to identify skills and training needs for retail jobs of the future.
Another initiative aims to enhance core human resource competencies in the sector, with SPRING and WDA supporting retailers on 100 human resource capability projects.
Students will also get help with the transition from school to the retail workplace. Enhanced internships and a SkillsFuture Earn and Learn programme have been introduced to give ITE and polytechnic students and fresh graduates industry exposure, on-the-job training and sector-recognised certifications.
SPRING and WDA will also collaborate with retailers and trade unions to address future manpower needs, and to develop the Skills Framework for Retail to map skills needs with career progression pathways.