SINGAPORE: A new initiative to help upgrade and deepen the skills of freelancers in creative industries was unveiled on Wednesday (Jun 29).
The Attach and Train Programme (ATP) will offer participants a chance to be attached to a host company for a period of one to six months. Participants will get the opportunity to work on company projects, while undergoing on-the-job training with an appointed mentor.
For a start, the programme aims to benefit 20 junior freelancers over the next two years. Candidates must have engaged in at least one creative freelance project over the past six months. Positions available include assistant directors, assistant producers and graphics designers.
As part of the programme, a series of workshops targeting both freelancers and employers will also be rolled out, starting from next month. Workshops for freelancers would revolve around essential business and industry skills, such as visual communication and infographics thinking.
Programmes for employers would include educating them on how to mentor freelancers and support their development.
The new initiatives are jointly organised by WDA, the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) U Creative and e2i.
“Freelancers will continue to be a key resource pool to tap on for the creative industries,” said Workforce Development Agency (WDA) Chief Executive Ng Cher Pong. "The suite of interventions introduced by WDA aim to equip them with the relevant skills, so that they are able to adapt to evolving demands and support the growth of the industry," he added.