Rapid and Immersive Skill Enhancement (RISE)

Published Date: 11 May 2021 06:00 PM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim, Sengkang GRC

Question

To ask the Minister for Education whether the Ministry is aware that the existing criteria for the Rapid and Immersive Skill Enhancement (RISE) programme, which requires that trainees be unemployed only at the time of enrolment (before March 2021) rather than for a prior fixed duration, may induce potential applicants who are currently employed to prematurely submit resignation letters in order to qualify.

Response

1. The Rapid and Immersive Skills Enhancement (RISE) programme is a six-month course under the SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme – Company Training (SGUP-CT). SGUP-CT is designed to support mid-career jobseekers who would like to acquire industry-relevant skills and pivot to new employment opportunities. There is no requirement for individuals to be unemployed for a prior fixed duration as this scheme is designed to provide jobseekers with support as soon as possible.

2. Employed individuals face significant opportunity costs to leave their jobs in order to enrol in a full-time SGUP-CT course, as the training allowance provided is not comparable to wages for full-time employment. There is also a wide range of alternative CET opportunities supported by SkillsFuture Singapore, that employed individuals can take up while still remaining in their current job.

3. For individuals who have weighed the trade-offs and still find that it is in their longer-term interest to take up SGUP-CT programmes like RISE, we should avoid making it harder for them to qualify for such programmes.

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