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MOM Should Organise More Practical On-The-Job Internships Instead of Theory Based Courses To Help Upskill Workers

Many learning institutions has started WSQ courses which are competency based and most courses are minimum 3 days long and maximum 5 days week. Sadly in intensive based industries; such theory based courses is counter productive. Take for example in an automobile workshop where one learns the trade not based on classroom theory but hands on, On The Job Training (OJT).

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SME BOSS EMPLOYS FT GRADUATES AS DRIVERS, IS THIS LEGAL?

I know a FT (M’sian PR) married to local. He has a SME business. A few yrs ago he employed a local as a company car driver: the first time he employed a company driver. He was grumbling about how lazy the driver was: didn’t want to wash car etc. He claimed to have paid the going rate. I was surprised as I didn’t realise that FTs could get the papers to be drivers. But apparently they can. And it’s not applying the papers for another job and then switching jobs on the quiet. Now here’s another interesting bit. The present driver is an Indian FT graduate. I mean if can get FT graduate to be driver, who wants a local boy with only vocational school skills?

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ILLOGICAL NEW SCHEME TO HELP SME HIRE MORE FOREIGN WORKERS?

According to the Straits Times news report “New scheme offers SMEs flexibility in retaining and hiring foreign workers” (Aug 19) – “The Manpower Ministry (MOM) will allow some companies to temporarily retain more of their better-skilled foreign workers as long as they commit to cutting their overall foreign workforce numbers eventually. Instead of curtailing the huge influx of foreign workers – we now seem to be introducing a scheme to help companies hire even more foreign workers.

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MALAYSIAN WORKER: S'POREANS ARE CHEAPSKATE & DON'T VALUE QUALITY

Let me tell you the life of a local curtain maker.We work very hard everyday to complete with these Malaysia curtains maker.Many of these malaysia curtain maker cross over to Singapore every morning with their beautiful Suv or cars engaging into direct sales , taking away our business. One of the Malaysian curtain maker told me directly that they ( the Malaysiancurtain maker ) will take away all our business because you Singaporean are cheapskate, want everything cheap and don't mind lousy quality

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LEE HSIEN LOONG: WITHOUT FOREIGNERS, S'PORE BUSINESSES WILL DIE

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong admitted on Wednesday that some small and medium enterprises will not survive without the influx of foreign workers, but reiterated that the country must not lapse into overdependence on foreign labor. In his speech at the opening of National Productivity Month, PM Lee said that the government's efforts at curbing the influx of foreign labor are bearing fruit, with foreign worker growth hitting a five-year low in 2014. Although curbs on foreign labor inflows have pressured firms to upgrade their workers "rather than simply hiring extra bodies", PM Lee stressed that companies still need to have enough access to foreign workers.

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