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WELCOME REMARKS BY DR AMY KHOR, SENIOR MINISTER OF STATE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES, AT THE GREEN JOBS SYMPOSIUM: TRANSFORMING GREEN JOBS, ON 9 FEBRUARY 2018

Mr Zainal Sapari, Assistant Secretary-General, NTUC and MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC

 

Mr. Desmond Choo, Director, Industry Transformation & Productivity, NTUC, Mayor of North East District and MP for Tampines GRC

 

Distinguished Guests

 

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

Good afternoon. I thank NTUC and the National Environment Agency for inviting me to the Green Jobs Symposium.

 

2. Twelve companies from the cleaning and waste management sectors, which form the Environmental Services industry, will offer over 300 jobs at today’s event. They range from managerial to technical and operational roles, such as engineers, building managers, supervisors and cleaners. I encourage you to find out more about the jobs, which contribute to the important role of keeping Singapore clean and green.

The Environmental Services Industry Transformation Map

3. The Environmental Services industry currently comprises over 1,700 companies and 78,000 workers. But like other local sectors, it faces a shrinking labour force. The industry needs to transform to remain competitive and be able to create better jobs for Singaporeans. 

4. In December 2017, the Environmental Services Industry Transformation Map (or ES ITM) was launched to drive innovation and technology adoption, raise productivity, upskill our workforce and help companies venture overseas. By 2025, some 30,000 workers can benefit from higher value-added jobs. Today, NTUC will share how the ITM can bring about new opportunities and better jobs, and support your career advancement amidst the transformations.

Job Opportunities within the Industry

5. More companies are now making work simpler and more productive with technology and automation. For example, workers in the past have to clean outdoor pavements on foot with a broom. The distance covered a day is limited and tiring. By upskilling workers to operate machines such as the pavement sweeper, they can ride on them to cover more distance, and clean hard-to-reach areas, such as under the benches and around planters. This reduces fatigue and makes jobs more effective.

6. Here in Our Tampines Hub, the toilets come with detection sensors and a user counter to track odour and usage levels. The system informs cleaners via SMS when toilets require attention, resulting in more effective deployment of manpower resources.

7. With the help of technology, jobs in the Environmental Services industry will become more productive and attractive to job-seekers. But we will have to adapt to these transformations that will help us in our work. To do so, we need to gain new knowledge and upskill ourselves. This is where the Skills Framework for Environmental Services will be useful. Launched together with the ES ITM, the Skills Framework provides guidance on the skills needed for the different job roles and career pathways within the industry.

8. Indeed these are exciting times for the Environmental Services industry. Do consider to be a part of it, and take on the challenge of building a better environment for our future generations.

Thank you, and I wish you a Happy Chinese New Year ahead.

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