52. How Singapore Uses Skills Data to Support Lifelong Learning (Interview with Wenshan Xu)
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Welcome to episode two of series 11 of The Digital HR Leaders podcast. According to the latest Future of Jobs report from The World Economic Forum, by 2025 50% of all employees will need to be re-skilled. Moreover also by 2025, the same research predicts that 97 million new jobs will emerge and 85 million will be displaced by a shift in labour between humans and machines. Most commentators believe that the pandemic has only accelerated this progress.

Skills is not just a challenge for organisations it is a challenge for entire countries and Singapore is setting a template that others could and perhaps should follow. The mission of SkillsFuture SG, or SSG for short, is to build a skills competitive Singapore and a nation of resilient and confident lifelong learners.

My guest today is Wenshan Xu, Deputy Director of The Skills Development Group at SSG. Wenshan describes the unit as an intelligence unit for skills and as you are about to hear, the work they are doing is as fascinating as it is important.

In our conversation Wenshan and I discuss:

  • How SSG helps re-skill workers in sectors affected by Covid and then helps them transition to sectors that were hiring
  • How SSG works with employers, education providers and citizens to create a skills and learning ecosystem that meets the changing requirements of jobs in the country
  • How Wenshan’s team uses data, analytics and machine learning to understand the supply and demand of skills now and in the future
  • The skills taxonomy that they have developed, which encompasses 34 skills frameworks, 11,000 skills competencies and over a thousand job roles
  • How all this supports the vision for talent mobility in Singapore

This episode is a must listen for anyone interested or involved in skills, learning and workforce planning. So that is business leaders, CHROs and anyone in a people analytics or HR business partner role.

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