Around 7,500 jobs and 1,600 traineeships, attachments, and skills training opportunities are being made available from now until the end of 2021 within Singapore’s healthcare sector for fresh graduates and mid-career job seekers. With the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the city-state is hoping to shore up their healthcare sector to both boost the economy and ensure a stronger medical system.
“These vacancies and opportunities will help to fulfil current and future expanding needs for healthcare services, given Singapore’s ageing population,” said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in a recent press release.
This comes as Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said in his addendum to the President’s address at the opening of the first session of the 14th Parliament that MOH aims to strengthen Singapore’s healthcare system for the long-term.
“We must continue to ensure that quality healthcare remains accessible and affordable, and that our healthcare system can better and more sustainably serve the evolving health needs of Singaporeans,” he said.
Currently, the jobs for healthcare professionals are aimed at fresh graduates from healthcare training programmes and Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) graduates who are mid-career entrants into the healthcare sector. Additionally, there are also jobs in support care and administrative roles that are being open for job-seekers who lack a background in healthcare.
In addition, Workforce Singapore and SkillsFuture Singapore are working to provide 1,600 traineeship, attachment and skills training opportunities to offer “relevant working experience” and “work-ready skills”. Employers and trainees will both receive funding support during the training period.
Fresh graduates can apply to the SGUnited Traineeships Programmes, while mid-career job seekers can join the SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme. The overall length of the programme will be around four to nine months. These programmes are for roles including patient service associates, dental surgery assistants and other administrative and support roles.
“Employers can consider hiring well-performing trainees and mid-career individuals at any time during or after the completion of the traineeship or attachment,” said MOH.
Mid-career job seekers will also have the option of applying to the SGUnited Skills programme for skills training, should they wish to train for healthcare roles like support staff and executives in clinical and non-clinical roles.
The job vacancies and various opportunities will become available progressively over 2020 and 2021, and job seekers may find these opportunities on Workforce Singapore’s MyCareersFuture job portal and job fairs and recruitment platforms.