Launch of the Sectoral Manpower Plan for the Public Bus Industry

News Releases 06 May 2016 Singapore Bus Academy SkillsFuture Sectoral Manpower Plan (SMP)

1. Senior Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Transport, Mrs Josephine Teo unveiled the Sectoral Manpower Plan for the public bus industry today. Developed by the Public Transport Sectoral Tripartite Committee1, the Sectoral Manpower Plan supports the SkillsFuture movement to establish effective manpower strategies for the bus industry.

2. The Sectoral Manpower Plan targets to attract and retain local bus captains to strengthen the Singaporean core, and help them grow their careers and be ready for the industry of the future. The five strategies are:

I. Facilitate entry and transition to bus careers
II. Enhance training to uplift and professionalise bus careers
III. Promote attractive benefits and career progression pathways
IV. Build pipeline of future bus professionals through pre-employment programmes
V. Strengthen outreach and community appreciation of bus professionals

3. The Sectoral Manpower Plan will support the transition of the public bus industry to a contracting model from mid-2016, expansion of the bus network, and implementation of the higher service levels.

Signing of MOU by Tripartite Partners for Establishment of the Singapore Bus Academy

4. A key initiative under the Sectoral Manpower Plan is the establishment of the Singapore Bus Academy. Today, LTA, e2i, WDA, NTWU, SBST, SMRT, TTS and GAS entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to mark the establishment of the Singapore Bus Academy. The academy will be set up by LTA in partnership with e2i, and the MOU will allow all tripartite partners to enter into a collaborative relationship to attract, retain, and upskill the public bus industry workforce.

5. In her speech, SMS Josephine Teo also highlighted the continuing importance of bus captains in the face of technological trends, and noted that “our aim is to transform the bus profession so that it is more attractive, skills-intensive and respected. In particular, we will help the Singaporean core of bus professionals enjoy good career development and be ready for future transitions.”

6. Please refer to Annex for details of the Sectoral Manpower Plan.

1 The Public Transport Sectoral Tripartite Committee is chaired by SMS Josephine Teo and was formed in August 2015. Members include representatives from Land Transport Authority (LTA), Ministry of Manpower (MOM), Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), e2i (Employment and Employability Institute), National Transport Workers’ Union (NTWU), SBS Transit Ltd (SBST), SMRT Corporation Limited (SMRT), Tower Transit Singapore (TTS) and Go-Ahead Singapore (GAS).

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