Why upgrade when 10 years’ jobs went to foreigners?

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Most of the jobs growth in the last decade went to foreigners, is it worth to upgrade?

I refer to the article “Institutes of higher learning should offer training for workers: Ong Ye Kung” (Straits Times, Oct 21).

It states that ” the drive to promote lifelong learning has been in place for more than a decade before the SkillsFuture movement was launched in late 2014.

As a result, the average worker today understands the need for constant upgrading, and is also aware of the rate of technological advancement.”

In this connection, what’s the point of “the need for constant upgrading” and “for more than a decade before the SkillsFuture movement was launched in late 2014” – when apparently, most of the jobs growth in the last decade or so did not go to Singaporeans?

In this regard, from 2004 to 2016 – we granted 555,659 and 228,840 new PRs and new citizens, respectively.

With regard to jobs – from 2006 to 2016 – the employment growth for locals and foreigners was 376,800 and 701,900, respectively.

How many of the 376,800 locals’ jobs were S’poreans?

So, how many of the “locals” (PRs and citizens) employment growth of 376,800 went to Singaporeans, since 467,659 new PRs and 208,840 new citizens were granted in the same period from 2006 to 2016?

Leong Sze Hian

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Leong Sze Hian has served as the president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), Hotel Mumbai (associate producer), invited to speak more than 200 times in about 40 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of 2 countries. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.