Faster career progression for non-graduates in civil service

ITE students celebrating their graduation.

SINGAPORE - Non-graduates in the civil service here can look forward to faster career progression from October.

The Public Service Division (PSD) said in a statement today that these officers can "receive their first promotion in two to four years compared to the current three to six years".

It also said that their "subsequent promotions will also be faster" if they continue to do well.

PSD said that most non-graduates are currently hired by the Government under the Management Support Scheme, these officers "can already progress to take on similar jobs as graduates, and be paid comparable salaries when they demonstrate the required performance and capabilities".

Most graduates join the civil service under the Management Executive Scheme.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had said in his National Day Rally speech that the Government will do more to support the aspirations of non-graduates.

PSD said that it is "studying merging" the two hiring schemes, which the prime minister also spoke about.

It also said that "single schemes of service" are already available in several public agencies, such as the People's Association and the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore.

PSD's Deputy Secretary (Policy), Mr James Wong, said in the statement that "graduates and non-graduates can now progress at similar rates, based on their level of performance and potential".