Starting Afresh

There are plenty of job placement schemes to help Singaporeans upskill and regain employment.

By Edmund Wee        10 November 2020

Careers Connect Centres

Managed by Workforce Singapore, Careers Connect Centres are one-stop points for people to get career-related advice. Within the centres, work stations are readily available for individuals to search for job opportunities or refine their resumes under staff guidance.

There are three such centres islandwide that provide free employment assistance to jobseeking Singaporeans and Permanent Residents.

Located in Paya Lebar, Woodlands and Tampines, they aim to bring career-related services closer to jobseekers in the heartlands. Other services provided include one-on-one personalised career coaching, job search preparatory workshops, as well as on-site walk-in interviews with employers.


Developed in partnership by Workforce Singapore and Government Technology Agency, MyCareersFuture is a portal that aims to provide Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents with a fast and smart job search service to match them with relevant jobs, based on their skills and competencies.

The user-friendly website stands apart from the standard jobseeking portals by providing individuals with jobs matching their skills and competencies rather than limiting job suggestions to those that individuals are used to.

Users looking for tips on self-improvement as well as career advice can do so at the “Seek Career Advice” option, where there is information ranging from employers’ in-demand skills and qualities, work ethics sought after by employers, tips on how to improve work productivity, and career insights from industry professionals, among others.

The portal also lists some of the most up-to-date virtual career fairs for various specialisations and industries.

NTUC E2I Centres

A tripartite initiative set up by NTUC to support nationwide manpower and skills upgrading initiatives, e2i is a useful network for workers who are looking for employment. There are two centres set up in Singapore: Central (HDB Hub Bizthree) and West (the Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability).

Notably, there are various options available for jobseekers who want to upgrade their skills. One is the employability skills workshop designed to equip them with the necessary proficiency to enhance their employability in the job market.

Another is a retrenchment support programme that helps laid-off workers make successful transitions in their new job search journey. This is done by pairing them with career coaches who can help identify and plan for suitable and new career opportunities.

SGUnited Jobs And Skills Programme

A government initiative designed to open up more pathways for local jobseekers, it has three key pillars: providing jobs, reskilling and upskilling workers, as well as providing traineeships for fresh graduates and mid-career workers. Under it, workers can take the opportunity to upskill, opening up new employment pathways.

Look out for the SkillsFuture Mid-Career Package, which targets mid-career workers in their 40s and 50s. The government recently  increased the number of places for professional conversion programmes and career transition schemes delivered by the Continuing Education and Training (CET) centres.

Another is the SGUnited Skills Programme. You can attend full-time training ranging from six to 12 months, delivered by the CET centres, institutes of higher learning and companies. Course fees are highly subsidised and may be offset by SkillsFuture credit.