Singapore doubles down on training semiconductor talents


Singapore will launch a new six-month training programme for integrated circuit design in August 2024, with the aim of training up to 150 people over the next five years. The programme has been developed by the Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA), Nanyang Technological University and the Economic Development Board (EDB) as part of an effort […]

HR Champions: Jennifer Cho on local talent with global perspective


Title: Vice-president of Island Southeast Asia, Medtronic Office headquarters: Singapore Company operations: Southeast Asia, South Asia, Saipan, and Guam Industry: Medical equipment manufacturing Employees: 700 (Southeast Asia only) Employee engagement and team development are pillars of Jennifer Cho’s leadership style. She recognises the role that she and HR play in motivating employees and providing them […]

Singapore’s MOE shapes future workforce to leverage AI with ethics training


At the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) Schools Work Plan Seminar last September 20, Minister for Education Chan Chung Sing shared nationwide initiatives to equip students with greater digital literacy. This includes digital information management skills for them to better discern the accuracy, credibility, and relevance of information. In particular, the field of generative artificial intelligence […]

The First Word: Being skills-powered is non-negotiable today


Traditionally, work was a place we’d go to. But now, it has become more about what we do — from anywhere. It’s all part of a new talent equation of supply and demand based on skills being critical for organizational success. Very soon, jobs will no longer be the sole corporate unit that everything in […]

Indonesia’s new bill to transform state civil service recruitment


Indonesia’s state civil service bill, which is currently being debated in parliament, is expected to bring major changes to the way civil servants are recruited, trained, and managed. Minister for Administrative and Bureaucratic Reforms Abdullah Azwar Anas said the bill would transform the recruitment process to enable a more agile and collaborative government. He also […]

HR Champions: Piyush Gupta on finding hidden expertise


Title: CEO, DBS Bank Office headquarters: Singapore Company operations: Southeast Asia, South Asia, and China Industry: Banking Employees: 36,000  Piyush Gupta has had his fair share of regrets and realisations over his 40-year career, including 13 years as the bank’s CEO. He does not shy away from sharing them as lessons. One of these is […]

Malaysia launches National Training Index to measure workforce development


The Human Resources Development Corporation (HRDC) launched the National Training Index (NTI) today, a first-of-its-kind index to measure training and development in Southeast Asia. The NTI was developed by HRDC and will soon become the benchmark for industries and organizations to shape their learning and development programs. The index measures the capacity of employers in […]

Five ways HR can help employees embrace diversity and inclusion in the workplace


In the ever-evolving landscape of the modern workplace, the imperative to foster diversity and inclusion has risen to prominence as a driving force behind organisational success and innovation. Acknowledging that diversity encompasses more than just visible differences and that true inclusion involves creating an environment where all individuals feel valued and empowered, the role of […]

‘Singapore hiring rates slow down’, LinkedIn report


Companies are advised to emphasise building a growth, development, and learning culture due to slowing hiring rates. LinkedIn’s chief economist, Karin Kimborough, suggests that organisations focus on skills and career development in their talent strategy instead of costly external hiring. This is because labor markets are still tight in many countries and industries post-pandemic, and […]

Professionals in SEA need to focus on wellbeing, mobility, and upskilling


“HR Talent Trends – What’s next for our senior leaders?” report, surveyed 100 people professionals in the Southeast Asian region. Results showed that the top three considerations for professionals in choosing a job in the next three years are financial remuneration (56%), career progression (51%) and flexible working (39%). The report also found that upskilling, […]

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