Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA) together with NTUC U SME, organized an interactive webinar on 14 May 2020. It was a productive session where NTUC U SME, NTUC LearningHub, SkillsFuture SG and Employment & Employability Institute (e2i), shared the government’s initiatives to support our businesses, especially with regards to our workforce. Over 90 representatives from around 50 companies joined the sharing session.
Industry Pulse Survey by SSIA
The session started with the opening remarks given by Ang Wee Seng, Executive Director of SSIA. He shared on SSIA’s support for their members with focus areas on manpower, business matching and improving productivity through innovation and upskilling during the COVID-19 crisis. SSIA had also written to the Singapore government seeking their support to recognize the semiconductor operations and its supply chain as essential businesses should the COVID-19 situation escalate, just before we entered the circuit breaker period. Besides, Wee Seng also shared the survey results of the industry pulse survey conducted in March 2020, in which majority of the over 30 respondents expressed major concerns about the impact of COVID-19 to their supply chain, both globally and locally. The other areas of concerns were manpower and logistic/ freight support due to the various lockdown across the world. This was especially worst for manufacturing plants.
“SSIA will continue to promote upgrading and upskilling of workforce. We will be rolling out different industry relevant courses and partnered courses for the industry peers,” said Wee Seng.
NTUC’s Support to Companies
Mr. Yeo Guat Kwang, Assistant Director-General of NTUC, said in his opening remarks, “It is an unprecedented period for most industries. Companies are encouraged to speak to U SME on their industry challenges so that NTUC can render the necessary support for them.” He also reminded participants to sign up for NTUC membership to enjoy its benefits and hope that companies will continue to leverage support from the government and NTUC initiatives as means to retain their employees.
Various Schemes to Help Companies Tide Through the COVID-19 Crisis
During the session, representatives from NTUC U SME, NTUC LearningHub, Skillsfuture Singapore and e2i introduced the latest initiatives including fundings, grants and training courses specially launched to cope with the challenges faced by companies amid the COVID-19 situation.
Sharing by NTUC U SME
• Operation & Technology Roadmap (OTR)
• $30K NETF Collaborative Fund (NCF)
• Updates on Job support scheme
Sharing by NTUC LearningHub
• SSG Funding
• Enhanced Absentee Payroll (AP)
• Virtual Live Class (VLC) and new NTUC LHub Courses
Sharing by Skillsfuture Singapore
• Skillsfuture Enterprise Credit
• Work Study Programmes (WSP)
• Additional Support for Sectors Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic
Sharing by Employment and Employability Institute (e2i)
• Enhanced Work-life Grant (WLG)
1. Mr Clemence Boey from NTUC U SME
2. Ms Tan Gui Yue from NTUC LearningHub
3. Ms Cecilia Low from SSG
4. Mr Mano from e2i