Workforce development and skills formation in Singapore: developing and augmenting talent

Leggett, Chris (2013) Workforce development and skills formation in Singapore: developing and augmenting talent. In: Benson, John, Gospel, Howard, and Ying, Zhu, (eds.) Workforce Development and Skill Formation in Asia. Routledge Studies in the Growth Economies of Asia, 118 . Routledge, London, pp. 89-114.

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[Extract] Singapore has expanded the concept of skill beyond the technical and measurable to take in attributes such as motivation and attitude. Whether its purpose has been to increase labour productivity, exercise control, or both, workforce development as socialization has remained unquestioned. As Singapore's prime minister explained, continuing education and training should not focus narrowly on training but help prepare adults for 'changes in mindsets, work habits and attitudes' (Workforce Development Agency 2008).

Exhortation of workers to acquire desired attitudes and the provision and development of institutions for skill formation has long characterized workforce development in the political economy of Singapore (Osman-Gani and Tan 2010). The institutional arrangements for skills development, and more broadly workforce development, were described a decade ago as comprising a flexible structure of linkages and channels of communication (Kuruvilla et al. 2002) and it remains so today. Although there are divisions of function, for instance between addressing long-term workforce development and short-term skills requirements, it is their flexibility in coping with both that characterizes them.

Item ID: 27377
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-415-67411-9
Keywords: workforce, training, economic development, talent capital
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2013 04:31
FoR Codes: 14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140211 Labour Economics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development @ 100%
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