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Adjournment motion on meaningful jobs for seniors

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Just like students in schools, seniors need different pathways to continue learning and working, says MP Jessica Tan. In her adjournment motion in Parliament on Wednesday (Oct 5), she called for "structural intervention" and a rethink of the policies on learning, employment models, work processes, human resource practices and career planning. This will provide more meaningful employment and enable employers and Singapore to effectively tap the potential of this segment of the workforce. She called for multiple routes connecting the roles, opportunities and commitments of individuals throughout their adult lives. She also stressed the need to do more to harness the strength of a multi-generational workforce to drive meaningful employment for seniors. Replying, Minister of State for Manpower Gan Siow Huang agreed on the need to collectively shift the mindset and use the "golden opportunity" to tap on the accumulated human capital of seniors. She said the Government has made "good progress" in helping seniors stay employed. It will ensure that senior workers are employed in meaningful roles through reskilling and upskilling. She said the Government is studying how it can support Singaporean mid-career workers in enhancing their skills more substantially during the later stages of their working lives. She said the Government will continue to provide the fullest support to enable seniors to have longer careers and contribute meaningfully in multi-generational workplaces. "We need a strong ecosystem of employers, unions, training institutions and most of all, employees young and old to play a part to enable Singaporeans to harness the benefits of longevity," she said.

Just like students in schools, seniors need different pathways to continue learning and working, says MP Jessica Tan. In her adjournment motion in Parliament on Wednesday (Oct 5), she called for "structural intervention" and a rethink of the policies on learning, employment models, work processes, human resource practices and career planning. This will provide more meaningful employment and enable employers and Singapore to effectively tap the potential of this segment of the workforce. She called for multiple routes connecting the roles, opportunities and commitments of individuals throughout their adult lives. She also stressed the need to do more to harness the strength of a multi-generational workforce to drive meaningful employment for seniors. Replying, Minister of State for Manpower Gan Siow Huang agreed on the need to collectively shift the mindset and use the "golden opportunity" to tap on the accumulated human capital of seniors. She said the Government has made "good progress" in helping seniors stay employed. It will ensure that senior workers are employed in meaningful roles through reskilling and upskilling. She said the Government is studying how it can support Singaporean mid-career workers in enhancing their skills more substantially during the later stages of their working lives. She said the Government will continue to provide the fullest support to enable seniors to have longer careers and contribute meaningfully in multi-generational workplaces. "We need a strong ecosystem of employers, unions, training institutions and most of all, employees young and old to play a part to enable Singaporeans to harness the benefits of longevity," she said.

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