The two awards will recognise Singapore Citizens who have acquired deep skills and exemplary employers who encourage workplace learning and skills development
Singapore, 20 Dec 2016 – The SkillsFuture Fellowships and the SkillsFuture Employer Awards are now open for application. SkillsFuture Singapore announced that individuals and employers who meet the pre-requisites can submit their nominations by 30 April 2017 through the SkillsFuture website at www.skillsfuture.sg from 20 December 2016.
2. In the inaugural year, up to 30 SkillsFuture Fellowships and up to 10 SkillsFuture Employer Awards will be given out. Announced by Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills), at the Lifelong Learning Festival on 12 November 2016, the SkillsFuture Fellowships recognise individuals who have developed skills mastery, while the SkillsFuture Employer Awards recognise employers who are exemplary in developing their employees through their careers . Both awards are jointly conceptualised by the tripartite partners. A tripartite judging panel will also be formed to evaluate the nominations.
Criteria for Awards
3. The SkillsFuture Fellowships recognise and support Singapore Citizens who have acquired deep skills through significant work experience. They should also be champions of lifelong learning and be committed to contribute to the skills development of others.
4. The criteria for this award are listed below. The award recipients will receive a monetary award of S$10,000 each to support their skills mastery journey in their respective fields.
i. Singapore Citizen with at least 10 years of working experience in the same (or related) industry or job function;
ii. Possess deep skills in relevant areas of professional and technical expertise;
iii. Demonstrate a strong personal commitment to lifelong learning and mastery of domain, with plans to pursue further skills deepening; and
iv. Be committed to contribute to the skills development of others, as an active advocate for lifelong learning and skills development.
5. Nominations for this award can be made by individuals, or through employers, unions, trade associations and chambers. Individuals may also self-nominate.
6. Employers play a key role in encouraging workplace learning and skills development. The SkillsFuture Employer Awards recognise exemplary employers who not only see value in skills mastery but are also strong advocates for building a lifelong learning culture in their workplaces.
7. The criteria for this non-monetary award are listed below. Nominations from companies, individuals, unions and trade associations and chambers are welcome. Organisations may also self-nominate.
i. Singapore registered entities, covering small and medium enterprises, large corporations and voluntary welfare organisations;
ii. Strong support for SkillsFuture and its key tenets, including how the organisation has been supporting the SkillsFuture movement;
iii. Recognise skills and mastery in hiring and career development of employees, including how the organisation emphasises skills in staff development; and
iv. Align employee development efforts with other national manpower objectives, including how the organisation has strengthened its competitiveness and sustainability by adopting initiatives to enhance productivity, build a strong Singaporean Core, and/or create a good work environment.
8. “The SkillsFuture Fellowships and the SkillsFuture Employer Awards are key SkillsFuture initiatives which recognise and celebrate skills deepening and mastery, as well as strong lifelong learning commitment by individuals and employers. SkillsFuture Singapore is pleased to partner the Singapore National Employers Federation, the National Trades Union Congress, the Employment and Employability Institute and the Singapore Business Federation on this journey of helping Singaporeans discover and achieve their potential,” said Mr Ng Cher Pong, Chief Executive of SkillsFuture Singapore.