The Singapore government intends to support the hiring of 200,000 locals and 35,000 trainees in 2021. This was part of an additional allocation of $5.4 billion for a second tranche of funding for the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package announced by Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Heng Swee Keat during his Budget 2021 address.
“Looking ahead, as companies and industries transform and move into new growth areas, people will need new knowledge, and skills and agility to take on these new jobs,” said Heng.
The SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package is part of a suite of measures introduced by the government last year to expand job, traineeship and upskilling opportunities to support Singaporeans affected by the economic impact of Covid-19. The scheme received an allocation of $3 billion in 2020.