Engineers to get more career help

Engineers to get more career help
National Trades Union Congress Secretary-General Mr Chan Chun Sing

SINGAPORE'S engineers will soon be able to get help throughout their careers so that they can eventually take on leadership positions in companies.

Last year, the Young Engineers Leadership programme was launched to equip those who are at the start of their careers with communications, marketing, technology management and other skills.

Yesterday, two more complementary programmes were unveiled to help those who are further along in their careers, and to groom senior engineers for management posts.

The three-tier programmes, collectively called the Engineers Progression Pathway, were announced yesterday by the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES), the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and its U Associate programme, which reaches out to professionals, managers and executives through industry and professional associations.

"With this scheme, IES and NTUC hope to create long-term career development for engineers, raise standards in the engineering field and groom a strong pipeline of engineering leaders," said IES president Chong Kee Sen.

The announcement was made at the one-day Engineers and Sustainable Development Forum 2015 organised by NTUC and IES, held at the NTUC Centre Auditorium in Marina Bay.

The forum had more than 400 participants, including engineers from various sectors, managers from engineering firms and union leaders.

It was a lead-up event to the IES' World Engineers Summit on Climate Change, which takes place at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre from July 21 to 24.

NTUC secretary-general Chan Chun Sing, who was the guest of honour yesterday, noted that Singapore's engineers will help shape its future.

He gave as an example: "Today, we invest as much land on our roads as our HDB flats. If one day, someone can give us an engineering solution that reduces our dependence on cars and the amount of space devoted to roads, imagine how many more parks we'll be able to enjoy."

Mr Choi Shing Kwok, permanent secretary at the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, also said in a keynote speech that engineers will be crucial in Singapore's climate change adaptation efforts.

"For example, the increase in temperature is likely to result in a very significant change in activities and lifestyles of Singaporeans, unless we can find ways to achieve cooler microclimates through innovative techniques," he said.

"There is a clear need for engineering talent for Singapore to look to the future."

This article was first published on June 5, 2015.
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