20 Jan '11, 8am

Skilled technical jobs "cannot be outsourced"

Skilled technical jobs "cannot be outsourced"

SINGAPORE: Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has stressed the importance of good skills training and the need for continued learning to keep pace with a changing economy. He noted that many skilled technical jobs cannot be outsourced, and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) has played an important role in training local skilled labour. Mr Goh was speaking at the opening ceremony of Worldskills Singapore on Thursday, a biennial competition for students to showcase their technical skills. There will always be demand for skilled workers such as mechanics, plumbers and cooks, in good and bad times. Mr Goh said that during the 2009 recession in Singapore, eight in ten ITE graduates who entered the job market found a job within six months. He said that other countries also have similar experiences. During the recession in the United States, for example, the demand for skilled...

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