Non-graduates to join civil service under same scheme as graduates

Non-graduates to join civil service under same scheme as graduates

SINGAPORE - From Aug 1, non-university graduates who join the civil service will be hired under the same scheme as university graduates.

This means that all officers in the same grade will be assessed for performance and potential in the same way, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean in Parliament on Tuesday.

Mr Teo explained: "Officers assessed to have the same performance and potential will have the same opportunities for advancement and career development, whether they have a degree or not."

Jobs and responsibilities will also be re-designed so that the civil service can make full use of the abilities and potential of its officers.

Mr Teo, who is also the minister-in-charge of the civil service, was responding to Senior Minister State Heng Chee How (Whampoa), who asked for an update on the Public Service Division's study announced last Oct on ways to merge main graduate and non-graduate schemes.

Mr Teo said the study has been completed and the existing Management Executive Scheme, under which most graduates are now hired, will be extended from August 2015.

"Both degree holders and non-degree holders will be recruited on, and progress along, the extended Management Executive Scheme," said Mr Teo.

klim@sph.com.sg

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