SINGAPORE: A new skills framework for the public transport industry was launched on Wednesday (May 30) to support the Industry Transformation Map for land transport launched in February.
Launched by Senior Minister of State for Transport Janil Puthucheary, the framework maps out the career tracks and opportunities in more than 80 job roles in rail operations, rail engineering, bus operations and bus fleet engineering, according to a joint press release by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), the Employment and Employability Institute, SkillsFuture Singapore and Workforce Singapore.
This is part of efforts to attract and retain talent, the agencies said. Current employees who want to progress in their careers, as well as those who want to join the industry can use the framework to see where they can go, and then attend relevant training programmes to improve their skills and prepare themselves for the desired jobs.
The training programmes under the new framework include some focus on emerging skills in the industry, such as data analytics, cybersecurity, robotics and automation, the agencies said.
Employers can also tap on the framework to identify gaps in skills and send their workers for upgrading, they said, adding that grants and subsidies will be available.
The Industry Transformation Map aims to create an innovative industry enabled by technology and a highly competent workforce by 2030.
As part of the roadmap, LTA is looking to create 8,000 new public transport jobs by 2030 and is investing S$25 million in funding for mobility-related innovation and technology, it previously stated.
"KEEPING PEOPLE IN THE LOOP"
Speaking at the launch of the skills framework, Dr Janil said that while the public transport sector is facing disruption from new technologies such as autonomous vehicles, “keeping people in the loop” will be very crucial.
“A human is there partly to ensure the operations work well, to ensure the safety and security of passengers. But frankly, at this point of time, also to troubleshoot when the automated systems don’t quite work as expected," said Dr Janil.
The most important ingredient for the skills framework to take off, according to Dr Janil, will be the mindset of workers to continue to upgrade and upskill themselves.
The skills framework will be reviewed at least every two years, he said, adding that it is focused on rail and bus operations and maintenance as these are where there are “pressing needs” given Singapore’s plans for expansion.