Challenges Facing Singapore’s Training Sector

Friday, November 15, 2013

Outgoing director of the British Council’s Professional Development Centre Stephen Jenner tells HRM Asia the three challenges he sees for the training sector in Singapore.

Sustaining competitiveness: The challenge going forward will be to continue to develop more home grown talent, not just on the office floor but also in the boardrooms.

Moving from quantity to quality: One-third of Singapore employees receive some form of workplace training every year, but how much of this training is integrated into performance management, or career development, or individual learning needs?


Transitioning from training to e-learning: The challenge will be to ensure that e-learning adds value to traditional classroom based training rather than simply replace it.

Singapore is a country that has no raw materials and barely any manufacturing, but has been rated the second most competitive economy in the world. An economy built on the skills of its people, topped up with foreign talent, has a huge appetite for training.

Read the complete article on the HRM Asia website.

About the Author

Ryann K. Ellis is an editor for the Association of Talent Development (ATD). She has been covering workplace learning and performance for ATD (formerly the American Society for Training & Development) since 1995. She currently manages ATD's Community of Practice blogs, as well as ATD's government-focused magazine, The Public Manager. Contact her at 

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