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Enhancing the capabilities, productivity, and growth of both individuals and employers
With effect from 2 Jan 2020, SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) has appointed British Council (Singapore) Limited (BCL) to administer the new Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WPLN) assessments. The WPLN achievements attained by trainees from 2 Jan 2020 onwards will be non-WSQ.
From 1 Jan 2021 onwards, SSG will discontinue the issuance of Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) under the Employability Skills Workforce Skills Qualifications (ES WSQ). This is in response to the declining demand for CRC over the years, the changing profiles of our local workforce, the availability of alternative ES-related training options and the shift in the delivery model for the WPLN assessments. WSQ trainees may still qualify for and be awarded the CRC by fulfilling all requirements of the CRC on/before 31 Dec 2020.
The following are key dates for noting by ES WSQ ATOs and WSQ trainees:
Key Event or Changes for Noting
13 December 2019
Last day of assessment for WSQ WPLN conducted by SSG’s Centre for Employability Services (CES) for WSQ trainees.
14 December 2019 – 1 January 2020
WPLN assessments not available during this period.
2 January 2020 onwards
New non-WSQ WPLN assessments are administered by BCL from this date.
2 January 2020 – 31 December 2020
WSQ trainees who fulfil the CRC requirements will receive one of the following two versions of the CRC within the stated dates:
(i) For trainees with three Statements of Attainment (SOAs) reflecting WSQ WPLN achievements - CRC and WSQ transcript showing the WSQ WPLN achievements will be issued
(ii) For trainees with at least one new non-WSQ WPLN achievements - CRC, WSQ transcript and a supplementary transcript showing the new non-WSQ WPLN achievements will be issued
31 December 2020
Last day for WSQ trainees to complete all assessments and fulfil the requirements of the CRC, including the WSQ WPLN achievements or new non-WSQ WPLN achievements, if they wish to qualify and be awarded the CRC.
1 January 2021 onwards
The CRC will be discontinued. Any assessment (including the new non-WSQ WPLN) which form the CRC requirements and attained from this date onwards will not be recognised for the award of CRC.
However, WSQ trainees who have met the requirements of the CRC before 1 Jan 2021 may request for the issuance of the CRC by 31 Mar 2021.
For more information, please refer to the following Factsheet and FAQs:
Factsheet for WSQ Trainees
FAQs for WSQ Trainees
The Employability Skills Workforce Skills Qualifications (ES WSQ) identifies five essential categories of skills to build a strong foundation for our workforce. These include higher order thinking skills for Professionals, Managers and Executives (PMEs) and for Rank and File (RnF) workers.
Please click here to see the competency map of the framework.
Please click here to search for the competency standards of the framework.
With the development of the 34 Skills Frameworks, all courses and qualifications are now accredited against the Skills Frameworks since 27 Jul 2020. Hence, as part of this continuous transition, the four horizontal WSQ frameworks [Business Management (BM), Employability Skills (ES), Leadership and People Management (LPM) and Service Excellence Competency Framework (SVCF)] and their Competency Standard (CSes) will cease by 31 December 2022.
In 2019, SSG undertook a review of the Generic Skills and Competencies (GSC) to formulate a total of sixteen (16) new Critical Core Skills (CCS) competencies which was launched in 2020. These 16 CCS competencies are transferable soft skillsets that our local workforce can be equipped with, and which are valued by employers across industries. For more information on CCS, please refer to the CCS webpage.
WSQ as a national qualification would remain in place and trainees who were awarded the relevant WSQ qualifications and SOAs in the past, their qualifications and SOAs would not be affected by the upcoming cessation of the horizontal WSQ frameworks. Trainees who are taking currently the horizontal WSQ full qualification programmes and completing them (including assessments) before 31 December 2022, will still be awarded the relevant SOAs and qualifications.
For Rank and File workers:
To keep up with the changing needs of a knowledge-based economy, the EDGE programme aims to equip PMEs with the soft skills needed in a diverse workplace.
Analytical, Conceptual & Evaluative Skills
Support the Establishment of a Framework for Initiative and Enterprise
Solve Problems & Make Decisions at Managerial Level
Apply Systems Thinking in Problem Solving & Decision Making
Manage Process Improvement
Manage Quality Systems and Processes
Implement Lean Six-Sigma
Implement Business Process Reengineering
Contribute to the Development and Design of a Productivity Framework
Facilitate the Implementation of a Productivity Framework
Information & Communication Technologies Skills
Apply Workplace ICT
Use ICT for Knowledge Management
Lead Workplace Communication and Engagement
Develop a Work Team
Manage Cross Functional and Culturally Diverse Teams
Lead a Virtual Team
Personal Management And Development Skills
Develop Personal Effectiveness at Managerial Level
Develop Professional Image and Competence to Achieve Personal Career Goals
Apply Emotional Competence to Manage Self and Others in a Business Context
Contribute Toward a Learning Organisation
Manage Workplace Challenges with Resilience
Job Safety Skills
Manage Workplace Safety and Health System
`The Workplace Skills Series are offered at two occupational levels - Operations and Supervisory.
For those who take instructions and are not responsible for supervising others.
For those who are responsible for supervising the work of others in their unit.
The WPS training modules may be taken individually by workers to address specific gaps in current skills, or as a complete programme cumulating to a Career Readiness Certificate (CRC). Below are the courses under the WPS series:
Introduces common terminologies used in computing; imparts skills and knowledge to use basic ICT tools, equipment and software to process information and generate different types of documents at the workplace
Perform Word Processing Functions (1)
Perform Spreadsheet Functions (1)
Perform Database Functions (1)
Perform Presentation Functions (1)
Perform Essential Online Functions (1)
Demonstrate Secure Use of IT (1)
Use Essential Features of a Computer (1)
Perform Advanced Word Processing Functions (3)
Perform Advanced Spreadsheet Functions (3)
Perform Advanced Database Functions (3)
Perform Advanced Presentation Functions (3)
Perform Image Editing Functions (3)
Perform Web Editing Functions (3)
Perform Project Planning Functions (3)
Manage Online Information (3)
Perform Online Collaboration (3)
Develops the ability to generate feasible, efficient and innovative solutions to solve work problems, enhance productivity and capitalize on new opportunities
Demonstrate Initiative & Enterprising Behaviours (1)
Foster Initiative & Enterprise in Teams (3)
Solve Problems & Make Decisions at Operations Level (1)
Solve Problems & Make Decisions at Supervisory Level (3)
Perform Basic Productivity Practices (1)
Apply 5S Techniques (1)
Apply Quality Systems (1)
Supervise Work Improvement Processes (3)
Supervise Quality Procedures (3)
Develops the ability to work and communicate effectively in a diverse team environment and negotiate for mutually beneficial outcomes
Communicate and Relate Effectively at the Workplace (1)
Facilitate Effective Communication and Engagement at the Workplace (3)
Work in a Team (1)
Facilitate Effective Work Teams (3)
Develops personal mastery competence to stay resilient and adaptive in trying times while keeping relevant and aligned with organizational goals
Develop Personal Effectiveness at Operations Level (1)
Develop Personal Effectiveness at Supervisory Level (3)
Maintain Personal Presentation and Employability at Operations Level (1)
Maintain Personal Presentation and Employability at Supervisory Level (3)
Apply Emotional Competence to Manage Self at the Workplace (1)
Apply Emotional Competence to Manage Self and Team at the Workplace (3)
Adapt to Change (1)
Foster Team Adaptability (3)
Develops knowledge and skills to apply health and safety practices in the workplace to maintain a safe working environment
Comply with Workplace Safety and Health Policies and Procedures (1)
Maintain Workplace Safety and Health Policies and Procedures (3)
Statement of Attainment (SOA)
For Workplace Skills (WPS) and Executive Development and Growth for Excellence (EDGE) training, you will receive a Statement of Attainment (SOA) upon completing a WPS or EDGE training module and being assessed as competent at the end of the training. This means that you are certified by the SSG as being able to perform a task appropriate to your occupational level and work demands.
Please note that the ES competency framework will cease on 31 December 2022, and no ES SOAs will be awarded beyond 31 December 2022.
Signing up for WPS and EDGE training
Please contact the following Training Providers directly: