WDA to launch 9 new training courses

Makino Asia has been sending employees for training since the launch of the WSQ programmes.

SINGAPORE - Nine new Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) training courses will be launched by Workforce Development Agency (WDA) to maintain long-term sustainability needs and competitiveness within the manufacturing industry.

This was announced at the graduation ceremony of 268 graduands who received their diplomas in six training programmes conducted by WDA. 805 engineers have also been trained through the WSQ training programmes.

Within the new line up are four master classes and three graduate diploma programmes in the areas of Manufacturing Processes, Corrosion and Corrosion Prevention, and Surface Engineering. Some programmes will be conducted via e-learning to increase accessibility and flexibility.

These programmes are funded by WDA and developed by Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech). They provide professionals, managers, executives and technicians with technology courses designed with case-studies and hands-on lab sessions.

Mr Wong Hong Kuan, Chief Executive of WDA, said that his organisation will continue to collaborate with SIMTech to devise programmes that support the growth of the manufacturing sector.

Dr Lim Ser Yong, Executive Director of SIMTech, a research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, said that his institution will expand their training programmes that will "accelerate the transfer of new technologies and knowledge".

The inaugural award for the Best Industry Partner was clinched by First Engineering, Makino Asia and Manufacturing Integration Technology. The award recognises companies which have invested in enhancing their employees' skill sets.

Makino Asia has been sending employees for training since the launch of the WSQ programmes. Its managing director Dr Moh Chong Tau commented that the training has helped to improve productivity and efficiency. The company will thus continue to capitalise on WDA's programmes.

Mr Leslie Tan, a recipient of the 'Most Inspiring WSQ Trainee Award', shared that the Diploma in Medical Technology Manufacturing has given him new opportunities in his career path. The managing director of Royal Bussan Singapore said, "I am steering the direction of the company and growing its business. I am now bringing a new type of hearing aid into Singapore to benefit the medical community."


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