To mark the start of the new year, Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA), with support from Workforce Singapore (WSG), organized the Semiconductor Lo Hei Dinner on 30 January 2020. The  Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Home Affairs, Mrs Josephine Teo, was the Guest of Honor. Over 200 industry leaders from 120 companies and organizations have come together to celebrate the Year of the Rat while having a good time catching up with old friends and making new ones.

Recognizing PCP Companies

Mrs Josephine Teo made the announcements about the new initiatives of the Professional Conversion Programme (PCP). It will allow participating employers to access a wider pool of talent and defray the training costs involved in reskilling and redeploying existing employees affected by business transformation into new or enhanced roles. Thirty companies under the PCP Programme have also been recognized at a trophy presentation held during the dinner. Launched in November 2016 under the Adapt and Grow initiative, around 900 mid-career PMETs have entered new careers in the semiconductor industry through the Electronics PCP.

More than 30 multinational companies and small-and-medium enterprises have also benefited from an easier access to this alternative talent pool. Andrew Chong, Chairman of SSIA said, “It is one of SSIA’s mandates under the Industrial Transformation Map (ITM) to reshape the local manpower landscape to meet the industry’s needs in talent development, and the Profession Conversion Programme is one of the successful initiatives. We are honoured to roll out this programme together with WSG.”