New career program for retired servicemen and new pool of manpower for the supply chain and logistics industry

Retiring Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) servicemen could soon find it easier to transit into a second career in the supply chain and logistics industry, under a new initiative by Workforce Singapore (WSG).

Servicemen on the programme will undergo workshops conducted by the Supply Chain and Logistics Academy (Scala) and a 40-day attachment with a logistics company during their last year of service.

Manpower Minister Josephine Teo announced the programme on 17 July at Scala's graduation ceremony at Supply Chain City in Jurong West, where about 120 participants of the Professional Conversion Programmes (PCP) for logistics officers, logistics executives and supply chain professionals received certificates.

She said the supply chain and logistics industry is undergoing a wave of transformation driven by technological advances, such as e-commerce, data analytics and automated logistics and supply chain systems.

"Far from shedding jobs, the industry is calling for a stronger pipeline of talent in new roles to support business growth," she said.

A pilot group of 40 SAF servicemen is expected to benefit from the programme over the next two years.

She also announced that another 150 places will be added to the PCP for supply chain professionals. This is in addition to the 100 places set aside for the initial two-year run of the PCP, which have all been filled since the programme was introduced last year.

A new redeployment PCP for supply chain and logistics professionals was also introduced to help enterprises undergoing business transformation and digitisation reskill the affected professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) so that they can take on new or enhanced job roles.

It was developed with the Economic Development Board and Enterprise Singapore, and supported by industry stakeholders, including the NTUC and the Logistics Alliance. A total of 200 PMETs are expected to benefit in the next two years.

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