- SkillsFuture is a Singaporean program that provides funding to upgrade skills and certifications for people over 25 years old.
- Several individuals have successfully upskilled in diverse fields using the SkillsFuture Credit, leading to career growth and personal development.
- The program emphasizes continuous learning to remain relevant in the workforce and stresses the importance of values and leadership in an organization.
- Various accredited institutions and certifications can be funded with SkillsFuture Credit.
SkillsFuture is an initiative by the Singapore Government to encourage lifelong learning and skills upgrading to stay relevant and competitive in the workforce. The SkillsFuture Credit is a sum of S$500 provided by the government that can be used by Singaporeans aged 25 and above to offset the cost of courses and certifications at recognized institutions. On the other hand, their certification program formally recognizes an individual’s competency and proficiency in a specific skill set or domain.
This blog post will share some inspiring success stories of individuals who have obtained SkillsFuture Certifications and how it has helped them in their careers and personal growth.
The 47-year-old former graphics designer was feeling lost after losing his job when his company closed. He lacked the animation skills that digital agencies were looking for and found it challenging to get hired elsewhere.
Unsure of how to move forward, he decided to use his SkillsFuture Credit to fund a WSQ Diploma in Animation, which taught him the skills necessary for 3D animation, interactive web design, and motion graphics. He found it challenging to learn new software, but with YouTube tutorials and hard work, he understood the concepts of movement, speed, and timing better.
The investment in his future proved to be a wise one. Fabian now works as an independent motion graphics designer and has worked on projects for an advertising company. He is also grateful for the knowledge and confidence gained through the course, allowing him to take charge of his career in a new direction.
As a 50-year-old working professional, Josephine constantly seeks new skills and opportunities. Older than the average person seeking a SkillsFuture Credit, Josephine was determined to upgrade her skills and gain more experience. She wanted to prepare herself for the digital future and her career’s transition into the technology industry.
She enrolled in a WSQ Specialist Diploma in Interactive Media (Business Management), which taught her various web and mobile application development skills. She also gained knowledge in e-marketing, business intelligence, and analytics. In 2013, Josephine completed the WSQ Specialist Diploma and obtained a Training and Assessment (ACTA) certificate.
Now, Josephine has experience in IT and business management. She has successfully launched her own business selling certified natural skincare products online. The knowledge and skills Josephine gained through the course have enabled her to do what she loves and start something of her own.
Since 1992, Helmi Talib has been at the forefront of the accounting industry in Singapore. To stay competitive and relevant in his field, he recommends employees and himself to attend external training sessions for upskilling. With 40 hours of external sessions in a year, he recommends courses for different sets of employees, from leadership skills for those more senior to softer skills like communication and motivation for juniors.
Here are some of the essential pillars that he believed help employees to thrive in their accountancy jobs:
a. Delivery of service
The delivery of services should be top-notch, and employees should constantly strive for excellence. This means that employees need to stay up to date with the latest developments in the industry to stay ahead of the competition.
b. Technical capabilities
In addition to staying current with the latest industry trends and technical advancements, employees must also acquire relevant certifications from accredited institutions to demonstrate their proficiency in the field. This is where SkillsFuture comes into the picture.
c. Company values
Employees should be aware of and adhere to their company’s core values, which should be reflected in their daily work. A good understanding of the company’s values will enable employees to ensure they are always on the same page with the organization’s goal and mission.
Of course, the most crucial pillar of any successful organization is leadership. Senior employees should have a good understanding of the organization’s goals and objectives and how their actions can positively contribute to the firm.
As a mother of five, Katherine Chua juggled caring for her children and managing her career. She understood that upskilling would benefit her, so she took on a part-time Logistics and Supply Chain Management diploma funded by the SkillsFuture Credit.
The Diploma in Procurement and Supply Management was comprehensive, covering supply chain fundamentals, sourcing strategies, negotiation, inventory management, and project management. Through the course, she got promoted to the role of Inventory Analyst.
Katherine found that studying while having a family wasn’t easy, but she persevered and ultimately succeeded. She is now a firm believer in the benefits of upskilling and encourages everyone to take advantage of the SkillsFuture Credit and make the best out of their careers.
These stories show that no matter how old you are, with SkillsFuture, you can equip yourself with the latest knowledge and skills to stay ahead in your career. So if you’re looking for a way to upgrade your qualifications and expertise, take advantage of the SkillsFuture Credit and enroll in a recognized course or certification when possible.