NTUC launches Returner Work Trial scheme for professionals

The scheme will provide wage support for unemployed professionals to reintegrate into the workforce.

The National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) has initiated a programme to assist unemployed Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technician (PMETs) and support their reintegration into the work force.

A work trial scheme, the Returner Work Trial, will be a key feature of NTUC’s Returners Programme.

Launched recently at an NTUC U Family Returner-Employer Connect event, the scheme helps PMETs who have been unemployed for at least two years find short-term (maximum six months) positions. Under the scheme, “returners” will receive a minimum training allowance of $2,500, to be co-contributed by Workforce Singapore and the respective employers.

During the six-month period employers can assess the returner’s suitability and fit for the job, before choosing to offer permanent or longer term contract positions. Companies who choose to do so will receive a one-time bonus of $3,000.

“The talent in [the PMET] pool is immense. With the Returner Work Trial, we hope we have opened the door for these returners to reignite their careers,” said Mr Desmond Choo, NTUC Champion for Women and Family.

Mr Tan Choon Shian, Chief Executive of Workforce Singapore added, “[The Returner Work Trial] scheme complements the Government’s push towards a more inclusive workforce by extending work opportunities to more back-to-work individuals and helping them adapt to changing job demands through the Adapt and Grow Initiative.”

Applications for the scheme will start on 1 September 2017.

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