Recommendations under Other Spokes
recommendations under the other five spokes include:
i. Social Support to Enable Work
To help low wage workers look after
their dependents so that they can return to work, the Committee
recommended a new ¡°WorkSupport¡± programme, as
well as enhanced case management to better support these families.
ii. Higher Skills for Better Jobs
To make skills upgrading more
accessible and relevant to low wage workers, the Committee
- Expanding the Workforce Skills
Qualifications System (WSQ)
- More training in employability
- More accessible training funds for
atypical workers and workers in SMEs.
iii. Expand Job Opportunities
To create more job opportunities, the
- Accelerating job re-creation
efforts to target 10,000 jobs for low wage workers each year.
- Developing more employment
opportunities for low wage workers in the informal sector to
supplement their Income.
iv. Hope for the Future
The Committee recommended more
assistance for children from vulnerable families to complete their
education, learn employable skills, and join the workforce by:
- Ensuring education and preschool
education remains affordable through enhanced financial assistance
for needy students and a startup grant for kindergarten education.
- Engaging and supporting students
and out-of-work youths by extending school counselling and social
work programmes to more schools.
- ?Helping youths acquire employable
skills by enhancing vocational training opportunities.
v. Sharing in the Nation¡¯s Progress
The Committee recommended that the
Government continues its surplus sharing schemes to low wage workers
when the economy is doing well.
More details of the 6 spokes of the
Workfare Package can be found in the Report by the Ministerial
Committee on Low Wage Workers available at
Low wage workers have shared in
Singapore¡¯s prosperity. Their wages have been rising over the years
and even the lowest 20% of households by income have accumulated
substantial assets. The economic landscape, however, has changed
significantly in recent years. Globalisation poses great challenges
and low wage workers will find it hard to cope if they do not
upgrade their skills and maintain their employability.
Through Workfare, low wage workers
can continue to share in Singapore¡¯s progress and be rewarded
through work. Workfare is a national endeavour
that requires the collective effort of
stakeholders in our society: individuals, families,
unions, employers, and community-based organisations.
The Committee calls on all
Singaporeans to work together to address the challenge. Only by
working together, can we achieve a competitive, yet equitable
Singapore, where there are opportunities and rewards for all.
www.gov.sg Press Release 12 Jan 2006