New Statutory Boards in Singapore for Better Focus on Skills and Employment
Singapore government has reorganised its functions for effective implementation of their two key priorities:
(i) National SkillsFuture initiative
(ii) Need to ensure competitiveness and quality jobs for Singaporeans over the long run.
- A new statutory board, SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), will be formed under the Ministry of Education (MOE) in order to drive and coordinate the implementation of SkillsFuture. It will take over some of the functions currently performed by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and also absorb the Council for Private Education (CPE), which is an existing statutory board under MOE.
- WDA will be reconstituted into a new statutory board, Workforce Singapore (WSG), focused on jobs and ensuring enterprises can become manpower-lean while remaining competitive. The new statutory board will be under the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).
- The reorganisation will require changes to existing laws and will have to undergo Parliamentary legislative processes. In the meantime, WDA and CPE will continue to perform their statutory functions until the new statutory boards have been established.
- Subject to the completion of the necessary legislative processes, the new statutory boards are expected to be established by the end of 2016.