LinkedIn is piloting a programme designed to promote skills-based hiring in Singapore, supported by the National Jobs Council.
The career networking platform says the new Skills Path programme will build on the company's ongoing efforts to help job seekers develop and demonstrate skills, while also supporting companies to expand their talent pools and foster workplaces with diverse experiences.
The programme will focus on six different career profiles in the initial stages: customer service, data analysis, project management, recruitment, supply chain coordination, and sales development.
“Roles via Skills Path will be suggested to job seekers on LinkedIn based on their skills (from) September 2021. "Job seekers will be able to access free learning courses, demonstrate skills learnt, submit videos or written introductions, and 'earn' recruiter conversations if shortlisted,” LinkedIn noted.
Several high profile companies are involved in the programme, hoping to recruit the best of the participating jobseekers. CapitaLand, Carousell, foodpanda, Lazada, NTUC Enterprise, OCBC Bank, Zaalora, and Zuellig Pharma, and several more employers, have come onboard with roles available for recruiters, data analysts, and supply chain coordinators, amongst others.
Meanwhile, LinkedIn said it was critical to fill skill gaps as Singapore moves forward in a digital age, especially since hiring practices have started to change as a result of the pandemic.
“Last year, many industries suffered as a result of the global pandemic, and workers faced widespread layoffs. Yet, there were other industries that experienced growth and struggled to find workers to fill roles. Today, it is far more relevant to hire workers based on their existing skills, and invest in their development thereafter, through on-the-job training or learning courses,” LinkedIn advised.