2,000 PMEs helped by WDA centre

PHOTO: 2,000 PMEs helped by WDA centre

ACTING Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin yesterday updated the House on the progress of schemes to help displaced professionals, managers and executives (PMEs) find new jobs.

CaliberLink, a one-stop service centre set up by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), has helped more than 2,000 PMEs through career counselling, networking events and workshops since last December.

Since last year, WDA's scholarship programme has also given 300 awards to Singaporean PMEs for new jobs in the aerospace, retail and construction sectors.

The agency has also teamed up with the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises to promote a new, two-year, place-and-train programme.

Mr Tan pledged to discuss with labour MP Patrick Tay about the latter's idea for a national PME capability fund and taskforce to help unemployed PMEs find jobs.

There are more than 800,000 PMEs here, of whom about 330,000 are 40 and above, and almost 80,000 are 55 and above.