Singapore's agri-tech sector to get a talent boost through new career conversion program

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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