The Covid-19 pandemic has changed Singapore’s workforce, with many employees being retrenched or forced to work from home. And while this may seem bleak, it’s actually a great time to plan your next move, especially if you’ve been thinking about upgrading your skills to earn a promotion or kickstart a career switch. But how do you upgrade your skills in an uncertain economic climate? The answer lies in the SkillsFuture initiative.
The initiative is a key feature of the government’s attempt to make lifelong upgrading a thing amongst Singaporeans. Under the scheme, all citizens aged 25 and above have been given $500 worth of SkillsFuture credits. This credit can be spent on SkillsFuture-approved education and training courses.
The range of courses on offer is very wide, and there’s also a huge variety of course providers, from educational institutions like local universities, polytechnics, and ITEs to online course providers like Udemy.
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You may be thinking yay, free money to upgrade myself! But the reality is that many have no idea how it can actually be used. According to the stats, only about 12 per cent of all Singaporeans only have used their SkillsFuture Credit over the last few years, since the scheme started in Jan 2016.
If you still have credit left in your account, here are some interesting courses that caught our eye that you can sign up to upskill yourself because remember it’s up to you to ensure you’re employable should anything untoward happen at your current workplace: