The Workforce Singapore (WSG), the Singapore Food Agency (SFA), and the Republic Polytechnic (RP) have rolled out the first career conversion program (CCP) for the agri-tech sector. This program aims to benefit 100 mid-career individuals over the span of two years, wherein the CCP will help to attract and build a local talent pipeline to complement the Singapore Green Plan.
Today, the agri-food sector has approximately 2,000 workers. It is projected that about 4,700 new and redesigned jobs would be created by 2030. Of these, around 70% of the jobs are expected to be filled by skilled workers and professionals, managers, executives, and technicians (PMETs) who have a good understanding of urban food production, and have multi-disciplinary expertise in science, engineering, and info-communications.
Lim Kok Thai, Chief Executive Officer, SFA, shared: “With Singapore working towards its ‘30 by 30’ goal, this is a timely program and one which will be welcomed by the agri-food industry as our future high-tech farms would require a workforce with multi-disciplinary expertise in science, engineering, and info-communications."
For the first pathway, PMETs will undergo six months of structured class training on top of on-the-job training (OJT), and will enter the program as an agri-tech specialists. Individuals can expect job roles like a farm managers/engineers/technologists, produce specialists, crop scientists, and agronomists. Key job functions may include leading a team of farm technicians, producing production reports and yield estimations, and more.
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