Here are some headlines you may have missed over the weekend:
With Singapore’s growing population, more health care practitioners are needed to oversee the health of Singaporeans. In similar developed countries, there is one medical school per two million people, according to Health Minster Khaw Boon Wan. There is a shortage of doctors and at least 1,000 of our doctors in Singapore are foreign talents.
Thus, Singapore is planning for a third medical school, likely to be situated in the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Mr Khaw notes that it is integral to begin preparations now because a medical school will take about 10 years before it graduates its pioneer batch of medical professionals.
More jobs in health care
The Ministry of Health (MOH) plans to hire even more healthcare workers than previously announced. It will continue to take in 4,500 workers into the public health care sector in the next two years instead of over the next five.
The health care sector has been booming since the year started, with 1,100 people being recruited since, of which six in 10 are Singaporeans filling administrative, nursing and allied health positions. More than 27% of these Singaporeans were above the age of 40.
In addition, MOH said 2,600 job vacancies are available now, of which one third are in nursing, one third in medical and allied health care and the rest, for administrative and support positions like managers, IT staff and care-coordinators.
800 keen on retail internships
Who says that Singaporeans are unwilling to take up jobs in the retail and service industries? At an internship fair organized by the South West CDC, a turnout of 800 people for some 400 jobs available was seen.
These internships focus on giving those interested in the services and retail industry a shot to try out jobs in the real working environment for three to five days at participating retail or service outlets.
Selected interns will receive on-the-job training and a chance to wait on customers at companies such as Coffee Club Express and MacDonald’s. Whilst on training, participants will be paid $4 an hour and at the end of the internship, those who enjoy the work and show an aptitude for it may be offered full-time positions.