Focus on getting and retaining the talented

Focus on getting and retaining the talented

COMPANIES of all sizes face a diverse set of challenges when seeking growth, but ensuring that they continue to employ qualified manpower is a recurring concern shared by all.

This is even more so for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that grapple with attracting talent amid tightened labour laws.

Trade associations and chambers (TACs) have recognised this, and have stepped up their efforts to help local SMEs train and attract manpower to stay ahead of the competition.

These include conducting training for SMEs to upgrade the skills of their employees and new initiatives to promote the industry to young talents.

Imparting expertise

BESIDES promoting green businesses in Singapore, the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS) wants to help its members improve their technical proficiencies.

Jobs in the sustainable energy sector require highly specialised expertise, and clean energy SMEs have to meet a wide range of needs particular to the industries that their clients come from, says SEAS chairman Edwin Khew.

He explains: "Energy efficiency for different industries will have different applications. There is common equipment that you can use in certain industries, but other industries have equipment that consumes a lot of energy and is very specific to that industry too."

For instance, managing energy efficiency within the manufacturing sector requires a unique set of skills and knowledge because of the many processes involved, he says. "You need engineers who have come from the industry and are trained as an energy manager to see how to use energy efficiently."

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