Adult learning platforms bond to meet skills development demand

SINGAPORE: With fundamental shifts in organizational and individual career goals brought by the pandemic, skills development is at the forefront of the new business environment. This has prompted higher learning institutions, career portals, and community organisations to work towards sustaining an ecosystem of adult learning that will produce an agile and competent workforce.

Mercer 2021 Global Trends Study revealed that companies in Southeast Asia are restructuring and constantly upskilling their employees towards this vision of a versatile workforce. Singaporeans have become more open to career changes that promote work-life balance, offer recognition from their employers or encourage a break after a stressful period.

Job portal Michael Page Talent Trends also found that 56% of Singaporeans surveyed are hoping to be in a new job this year.

According to Workforce Singapore (WSG), about 6,270 professional, managerial, executive, and technical talents are enrolled in professional conversion programmes in 2020, a 41% rise from 2019.

Many strategic partnerships have been formed to cater to this growing demand. GnowbeLearn, considered the world’s first experiential-based microlearning library created in Singapore, has hundreds of specialised courses and over 30,000 micro-learning actions from world-class experts.

Industry experts such as Mercer, NEXLeaders, Nanyang Technological University, and Temasek Polytechnic produced the courses. The National Youth Council, FastJobs, INTERNSG and Wantedly Singapore also partnered with Gnowbe through career resources and industry-specific webinars.

SkillsFuture Singapore chief executive Ong Tze-Ch’in considered the collaboration between SkillsFuture and Gnowbe as a good fit because, “we are constantly looking out for new and innovative modes of delivery for adult learning and training. This partnership will provide Singaporeans with even more options for their journey of lifelong learning.”

City Mart Holdings group chief executive officer Win-Win-Tint commented, "Gnowbe has helped us rapidly scale our training for 12,000 frontline service staff. Our staff have also found it fun and easy to use, showing more than 90% completion rates."

City Mart Holdings is one of Myanmar’s largest retail outlets, with businesses such as supermarkets, pharmacies, bookstores, baby stores, convenience stores, bakery and coffee shops.

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