Launch of Singapore’s HR Industry Manpower Plan
It was a key milestone for over 40,000 HR professionals and service providers in Singapore when the HR Industry Manpower Plan (HRIMP) was launched on 10 July 2017 by Mrs Josephine Teo, 2nd Minister for Manpower and 2nd Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Unveiling the HRIMP to about 350 guests who are HR industry stakeholders at the Marina Bay Sands, Minister Teo said that “HR can be the key that effectively unlocks the potential of Singapore's people and businesses to adapt and transform”.
The HRIMP, jointly developed by tripartite partners and industry stakeholders has outlined the strategies for a future-ready HR sector in Singapore that can support our workforce and businesses for future growth. It provides a roadmap to strengthen the HR profession and HR services sector.
In conjunction with the launch, a HRIMP interactive showcase and a series of HR PowerTalks were organised and made available to the public. The Human Resource Sector Coordination Team (HRSCT) comprising representatives from the 5 polytechnics & ITE and led by Singapore Polytechnic, was invited to showcase the implementation of the SkillsFuture Earn & Learn Programmes and the Enhanced Internships for HR.
A get-together of HRSCT members at the Enhanced Internship exhibit booth
To feature and share the Enhanced Internship Programme at the EIP booth, the HRSCT invited two of the internship participating companies and their ex-interns to engage and interact with Minister Teo and event guests during their tour of the gallery showcase. The company representatives were Mr Foo See Yang and Mr Elvin Tan from Kelly Services and Ms Tan Ngak Wang and Mr Christopher Yong from Fairmont Singapore & Swissotel.
Ms Vanessa Wong Yuan Li, an SP graduate, ex-intern and currently an ELP participant with Kelly Services was indeed the envy of many when she was thrusted into the limelight as Minister Teo approached her at the EIP booth to have an up-close interaction with her.
Vanessa spent a special moment with Minister Josephine Teo – sharing her enhanced internship experience
"I am honoured to have the unique chance to speak with Minister Teo. I shared with her some of my experiences and feedback on the new initiatives – the Enhanced Internship and Earn & Learn programmes which I am grateful and proud to be a part of,” said Vanessa.
“The enhanced internship allows me to gain more industry experience which gives me a competitive advantage over my peers while the Earn & Learn programme allows me to pursue higher level education and to apply my new knowledge while working at the same time. With these programmes, I am able to maximise my learning and contribute to my company. We also discussed the different pathways that I could move on after the programme,” she added.
At the ELP booth, information such as course structure, benefits of the programme, roles of participating employers, experiences of students on the programme were shared on the booth panel displays as well as the LED screen. Representatives from HRSCT also interacted with the business leaders and participants who made enquiries and expressed interest to come on board the programme.
Many of SP’s final year DHRMP students as well as HR students from the other polytechnics and ITE attended the showcase which provided them the opportunity to learn more about the HR Industry Manpower Plan, and how the various initiatives can support HR professionals, HR industry players, and employers in enabling human capital development.
With the launch of the HRIMP to transform the HR sector and the strong commitment and support by the government and industry stakeholders to strengthen the HR profession, our DHRMP students and graduates who are aspiring future-ready HR professionals can certainly look forward to challenging and exciting times ahead with the many new HR initiatives unveiled and a ‘valued profession with good jobs’ as articulated in the HRIMP.