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To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the aerospace industry, SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) have jointly announced the extension of the Enhanced Training Support Package (ETSP) to the aerospace sector. The initiative aims to help the sector tide over the economic impact of COVID-19, encourage companies to upskill their employees and position themselves for subsequent recovery. Under this package, aerospace professionals will benefit from more than 13,000 highly-subsidised training places.

The support package was unveiled by Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr Chan Chun Sing, and Minister of State for Education and Manpower, Ms Gan Siow Huang, during a visit to Singapore Aero Engine Services Private Limited (SAESL) on 1 September.

With the roll-out of the ETSP for the aerospace sector, SSG will provide enhanced training support from 1 September to 31 December 2020 to help aerospace companies upskill their employees. Employers who send their employees for selected sector-specific training programmes will receive:

  1. Enhanced Absentee Payroll at 90 per cent of hourly basic salary, capped at $10 per hour; and
  2. Enhanced course fee support at up to 90 per cent of course fees, up from a baseline rate of 50 per cent. SSG and EDB will work with appointed training partners to increase training capacity to cater

to the needs of affected employees during this period. For a start, SSG has appointed five training providers: National University of Singapore; NTUC LearningHub; SIA Engineering Company; ST Engineering Aerospace; and Temasek Polytechnic to offer about 100 courses for the sector. These courses will help the aerospace workforce deepen their domain knowledge in areas of aircraft maintenance, regulatory frameworks, and quality and safety management. Opportunities are also available for emerging skills such as automation and robotics, cyber security and data analytics.

Ong Tze-Ch’in, Chief Executive, SSG, said, “We hope that these enhanced training support will encourage companies in the aerospace sector to take this period to uplift the capabilities of their workforce. Through this scheme, we hope that many workers in the aerospace sector will be given opportunities to widen and deepen their skills.”

“Aerospace remains an important industry for Singapore and EDB will continue to partner aerospace companies to weather this period of difficulty, while preserving jobs and capabilities,” said Chng Kai Fong, Managing Director, EDB. “While the impact of COVID-19 on the global aerospace industry is severe and expected to last for some time, the Enhanced Training Support Package will enable aerospace companies to upskill their workforce in preparation for the eventual recovery and growth.”

SSG and EDB have been working closely with stakeholders such as the Trade Association & Chambers and unions to put together relief measures to upskill the employees and help the sector recover.

Several aerospace companies were also engaged to understand their training needs, including SIA Engineering Company, ST Engineering Aerospace, SAESL and General Electric Aviation.

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