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Stuck in a rut? Only 22% of Singaporeans get upskilling opportunities

Employees said they want to receive training on soft and technical skills.

Employees in Singapore (91%) are dedicated to enriching their careers; however, most organisations are unable to provide them with learning and development (L&D) opportunities, Randstad has found.

According to Randstad’s latest Workmonitor survey, only 22% of employees are getting upskilling and training opportunities from their employees in the past 12 months.

This is despite 73% of employees saying that training is important to them to improve their soft skills (56%) and technical skills (47%), and for career development (49%).

Career advancement (40%) was also amongst the reasons why employees are eager to speak to a career coach.

“The mismatch between Singaporeans’ desires to progress in their careers and the sense of empowerment that they have in their current jobs presents an opportunity to employers to help their workers feel more satisfied in their jobs and engaged with the organisation,” Jaya Dass, Managing Director of Permanent Recruitment - Asia Pacific at Randstad, said.

“Companies that invest in upskilling their workforce will have a more productive and skilled workforce. Organisations will also be more capable of attracting and retaining talent who seek development opportunities to grow into value-add and meaningful jobs,” she added. 

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