Merger of SkillsFuture and Jobs Bank portals

Published Date: 28 February 2017 12:00 AM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Ms Sun Xueling, Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC

Question

To ask the Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) (a) whether the merger of the SkillsFuture and Jobs Bank portals will incorporate a review function for training providers to ensure outcome-based training provisions; (b) whether the merged portal can include internship opportunities for young Singaporeans; (c) whether the merged portal can include personality assessments that gauge the fit of the user to jobs as opposed to just skills; and (d) whether jobs listed in the Jobs Bank are regularly updated to ensure relevance.

Response

1. The Individual Learning Portfolio (ILP) is designed to be a one-stop online portal which empowers individuals to make informed learning and career choices. There will be platforms for individuals to review and provide feedback on the training programmes available on the ILP, and information on training outcomes will be published on the portal.

2. As internship opportunities are managed by the respective Institutes of Higher Learning, the ILP is currently not built with such a feature. Notwithstanding this, should the need arise to do so in future, we can consider building it in subsequent phases of the ILP.

3. The ILP will also have tools and resources that will enable individuals to assess their career interests, skills gaps and work values. Based on individuals’ profiling results from these tools, they can then explore possible jobs and training programmes to prepare themselves for those jobs.

4. Besides discovering one’s career interest and identifying skills gaps, individuals can also view and apply for jobs via the Jobs Bank, which will be integrated into the ILP. Jobs listed in the Jobs Bank are regularly updated as each job posting is only valid for a maximum period of 30 days. Employers can renew expired job postings, assuming suitable candidates are not found. Job postings that have expired are automatically removed. This ensures that the list of available jobs in the Jobs Bank is up-to-date.

5. The ILP will be rolled out in stages, starting from 2017, and we will share more details in due course.

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