29 June 2016

Singapore Workforce Development Agency, SCALA offer logistics reskilling initiative

The Logistics Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) was launched today by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and Supply Chain and Logistics Academy (SCALA) to reskill professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) who are keen to join the industry.

The Logistics PCP presents opportunities for both new entrants and existing logistics professionals to widen and deepen their skills for career growth in the industry. It offers 150 vacancies for PMETs for job roles as Logistics Officers and Logistics Executives over the next two years. The PCP will commence in July and is a key component of the Adapt and Grow initiative.

With better integrated systems and improved technology, the nature of jobs in the logistics industry has evolved and more high-tech skills are required as PMETs will need to manage multiple tracking systems that can be located regionally or even globally. With the launch of the Logistics PCP these PMETs will be equipped with skillsets in supply chain operations management, preparing them for new roles in areas such as freight forwarding, fleet operations management, supply chain operations, warehouse and storage supply chain. SCALA is the appointed programme partner for the Logistics PCP.

Chief Executive of WDA Ng Cher Pong said, “The logistics industry is constantly innovating to become more efficient and responsive to industry needs. As the industry evolves, new processes will be developed, and correspondingly, job roles will become more sophisticated and challenging. WDA will work with SCALA to ensure that relevant programmes are developed in tandem with industry growth and expectations. Reskilling is key to ensure that PMETs who are keen to join the industry are equipped to take on these new job roles.”

The PCP will comprise facilitated classroom sessions, customised structured on-the-job-training (OJT) and a mentorship programme.

For the OJT, SCALA will provide practical hands-on training complemented by a real-time operation environment where decisions and solutions are implemented based on real-life workplace issues. For the mentorship, SCALA will roll out the Train-the-Mentor programme which will equip experienced employees within the company with mentoring skills and knowledge to effectively coach the PCP trainees.

The SCALA Board of Advisors, appointed today, are industry practitioners who will provide leadership guidance and support on the development of training programmes and activities for the logistics and supply chain professionals.

“SCALA will play a key role in developing and empowering talents within Singapore's rapidly developing supply chain and logistics industries, ultimately enhancing the country’s position as a leading global supply chain hub. It will create a platform for the mastery of key skills through a practitioner based training methodology, offer practical and forward looking learning and skills acquisition opportunities, and provide the opportunity for those who enter the industry to excel in their career and personal development. YCH has committed to support SCALA by providing mentors in an advanced training environment, as well as hire 20% of trainees," said Dr Robert Yap, Founding Chairman of the Board for SCALA, and Chairman, YCH Group.

Ten companies have already come on board the programme and these companies will offer over 60 of the 150 vacancies for PMETs.

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