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Discover how Singapore’s construction sector can boost efficiency and reduce costs by leveraging MOM’s CoreTrade and Multi-Skilling schemes. This comprehensive guide provides insights into enhancing workforce skills and productivity in construction projects.

In Singapore’s construction industry, upskilling workers is key to enhancing productivity and reducing costs. The Ministry of Manpower’s CoreTrade and Multi-Skilling schemes offer pathways for skill development. This article explores these schemes and how they can benefit construction projects.

CoreTrade Scheme:

  • The CoreTrade scheme focuses on retaining and developing core trade personnel with significant experience in the construction sector.
  • Workers with a minimum of 4 years of experience can be registered under this scheme after passing a skills assessment.
  • Employers can benefit from lower levy rates and a longer period of employment for workers registered under CoreTrade.

Multi-Skilling Scheme:

  • The Multi-Skilling Scheme is designed for workers who have skills in multiple trades or have undergone safety-related training.
  • This scheme aims to create a more versatile and resilient workforce capable of handling diverse tasks on construction sites.
  • Similar to CoreTrade, this scheme also offers benefits like reduced levy rates.

Advantages of Upgrading Worker Skills:

  • Upgrading workers to Higher-Skilled status through these schemes can result in significant levy savings.
  • A skilled workforce is more productive, safer, and can adapt to different project requirements, leading to better project outcomes.

Implementing Skill Development Initiatives:

  • Employers should identify potential candidates for these schemes and facilitate their training and assessment.
  • Investing in worker development not only enhances project efficiency but also boosts worker morale and loyalty.

Decoding the Quota Limitations:

MOM sets a quota for the number of foreign workers that can be employed in the construction sector. This is to balance the workforce and encourage local employment. Employers must stay within these quota limits to ensure compliance and avoid penalties.

Levy Rates for Different Skill Levels:

  • Higher-skilled (R1) workers attract lower levy rates compared to Basic-skilled (R2) workers.
  • The levy rates also differ based on the worker’s source country, with different rates applicable for workers from Non-Traditional Sources (NTS), Malaysia, and North Asian Sources (NAS).

Conclusion: By participating in MOM’s CoreTrade and Multi-Skilling schemes, employers in Singapore’s construction industry can build a more skilled, versatile, and efficient workforce. This strategic approach to workforce management can lead to cost savings, higher productivity, and enhanced project quality.

Reference: For more information on the CoreTrade and Multi-Skilling schemes and how to apply, visit the MOM’s official page on Higher-Skilled workers for the construction sector.