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Professional Conversion Programs (PCPs): What are they and what can you apply to?

OSAU Team

As we’re surrounded with career uncertainties because of unpredictable changes across various global industries and businesses, it’s important for us to cope up to the needs and demands set by global markets. By coping up to these, we ensure that our skillsets are ‘up to date’ and are applicable or relevant to modern day jobs---ultimately safeguarding our job security in a modern and changing world.

Similarly, in the said context, hundreds of opportunities lurk around various career paths which encourages shifting careers to pursue more opportunities and give ourselves room for both personal and professional growth.

Now a common way to help you on these career challenges is to join upskilling and reskilling programs offered by various organizations that are specifically focused in improving their own workforce.

But in a broader spectrum, there are also programs offered by more large-scale government institutions that aims to aid employees in coping up to the global digital transformation at present and generally help them overcome barriers when shifting career lanes---one of which is the Professional Conversion Programs (PCPs) offered in Singapore.

In this post, we will be discussing what it is, its types, its coverage, training modes, and its benefits.


Professional Conversion Programs (PCPs): Basic Overview

Professional Conversion Programs (PCPs): What are they and what can you apply to?

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Professional Conversion Programs (PCPs) are career conversion programs implemented by Skillsfuture Singapore and Workforce Singapore under their Adapt and Grow Initiative.

These programs are particularly designed for professionals, managers, executives, technicians (PMETs), and career changers in their mid-careers who are planning to shift career lanes in different jobs sectors or industries to pursue better opportunities for professional growth.

Programs under this initiative generally encompass skills conversion trainings that can assist PMETs in adapting to new skills that are distinct from their own skillsets. Overall, these can help employees master a different set of expertise to perform well in their prospect careers.


3 Modes of Professional Conversion Programs (PCPs)

Professional Conversion Programs (PCPs): What are they and what can you apply to?

There are 3 different modes or types of PCPs each with its own set of implementations and objectives:

Mode/Type

 

Place and Train (PnT)

PMET is hired by a participating employer before undergoing training to take on new job role.

Attach and Train (Ant)

PMET is provided with training and work attachments, prior to job placement, through industry partners in growth sectors with good future job opportunities.

Redeployment or Job Redesign (JR) Reskilling

PMET at risk of redundancy in vulnerable job roles is retained by existing employers and reskilled to take on new or redesigned job roles within the same company.

 (tabulated from https://www.wsg.gov.sg/content/dam/ssg-wsg/wsg/programmes/pcp/PCP_Factsheet_Feb2020_Online.pdf)


Types of Occupation Conversion and Broad Types of PCP Training

Professional Conversion Programs (PCPs): What are they and what can you apply to?

PCP trainings are done on case-to-case basis depending on the type of occupation conversion an employee will pursue. There are 4 types of occupation conversion cases which includes:

  1. shifting to a new occupation in a different sector;
  2. shifting to a different occupation within the same sector;
  3. shifting to a different occupation within the same company (redeployment/JR Reskilling PCPs only); and
  4. shifting to a redesigned job role within the same company (redeployment/JR Reskilling PCPs only)

To help employees from these cases, PCP training includes 3 broad types that are modified in accordance to the needs of each employee:

  1. External Training
  2. In-house Training
  3. Structured On the Job Training (OJT)

The duration of these typically ranges from 3 up to 24 months depending on the program, skill demands, and job requirements set by employers.


PCPs Scope and Coverage

Professional Conversion Programs (PCPs): What are they and what can you apply to?

The coverage of PCPs pretty much encompass large-scale program offerings that is inclusive for various types of employees or career shifters each with different needs coming from a broad range of job sectors.

Workforce Singapore, in collaboration with stakeholders such as sectoral agencies and other industry partners, offers over hundreds of PCPs and other training programs to assist PMETs in changing career lanes.

The PCPs also widely encompass 6 main clusters or industries from 23 Industry Transformation Maps (ITMs) that welcomes employees from diverse companies and organizations. These job sectors include:

  1. Manufacturing
  2. Built Environment
  3. Trade and Connectivity
  4. Essential Domestic Services
  5. Modern Services
  6. Lifestyle

And lastly, Workforce Singapore also offers Redeployment or JR Reskilling PCPs to support employers in their business plans by allowing room for skill retention and reskilling. Here, participating employers implement a plan on how their employees will be transitioned from old roles into new emerging roles with different skillsets, duties, and responsibilities within the company.

 

PCPs Benefits

Professional Conversion Programs (PCPs): What are they and what can you apply to?

Workforce Singapore lists 6 specific benefits employees and career shifter can get in joining PCPs and other training programs under this initiative. This includes:


1. Facilitate recruitment of career switchers to meet employers’ manpower needs

Changing career lanes will require various trainings on learning new skillsets especially if you are shifting to a different career path that requires an immense change of your roles as an employee. PCPs, however, can provide training programs that can assist you on learning new skills depending on your prospect career’s needs and demands.


2. Help mid-career PMETs to reskill and take on new job roles

Shifting your path midway your career might be more challenging especially when you’ve invested years of experience in one particular job that you’re comfortable and familiar with. But since PCPs encompass a broad spectrum of job sectors, the program can help you learn new skills prominent in jobs from far-reaching industries.


3. Leverage structured industry-recognized training

Industry-recognized training can give you an advantage over simply learning by the book since they are based on hands-on, grounded, and real life experiences. As you may already know, learning things through practical applications is a more effective learning mode for some people. Still, a combination of theoretical and practical work is recommended for you to truly hone the skills you need to perform well on your job.

 

4. Redeploy existing workforce as part of business transformation

Reskilling is just as important as upskilling. When you stay in one career lane, you will need to upgrade your current skillsets as more skill improvement demands are imposed in your company or organization. But if you decide to take on new roles, reskilling or learning new skillsets will help you get qualified for new opportunities.


5. Minimize redundancies and reskill experienced employees to take on new job roles

Minimizing redundancies in workplaces can save time and resources in improving one’s current expertise specifically if they have already mastered their skills. With reskilling, the program can open up new paths for employees to pursue and put their newly learned skillsets to good use.


6. Tap on Government funding through Course Fee Grant and Salary Support or Training Allowance

Workforce Singapore funding support are provided to the employers with other remaining course fees or salaries co-funded by them as well.

Here are the estimated funding rates for Place and Train PCPs, Redeployment, and JR Reskilling PCPs:

WSG’s Funding to Employers

Standard Rate
 (SCs/PRs below age of 40)

Enhanced Rate

Salary Support

Up to 70% of

Monthly Salary

 

(capped at $4,000 per

month)

Up to 90% of Monthly Salary

(capped at $6,000 per month)

 

For Long-term Unemployed Singapore Citizen (SC) trainees or Mature SC trainees.

Course Fee Subsidy

Up to 70% Course Fees

Up to 90% Course Fees

 

For SC/Permanent Resident (PR) trainees sponsored by SMEs or Mature SC trainees.

In-house training: Up to $15 per hour.

(tabulated from https://www.wsg.gov.sg/content/dam/ssg-wsg/wsg/programmes/pcp/PCP_Factsheet_Feb2020_Online.pdf)


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