SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 13 October
2020 – As the national
conversation on jobs and employability homes in on upskilling Singapore’s
workforce, 66% of Singaporean adults are learning online to reskill and boost
their chances of securing a job in a new field. Students (90%), the unemployed
(86%), and entry-level executives (69%) are the most likely individuals to
learn for this reason. These are some of the key findings in NTUC LearningHub‘s recently launched
How Singaporeans Learn Survey report.
The survey, which was conducted
online in September 2020 with 450 Singaporean Citizens and Singapore Permanent
Residents who were users of the LHUB GO online learning platform, aimed to
uncover insights into how Singaporeans learn in the Covid-19 era.
When asked about other
motivations behind online learning, 75% of respondents say they do so to ‘gain
a basic understanding/ quick refresher on topics they are curious about’, while
72% say it is ‘to help them progress in their current field’.
In general, close to a
quarter (23%) of Singaporeans learn at least once a month, closely followed by
22% who learn once in three months; 16% say they never learn online. Out of the
84% total who do learn online, ‘entry-level executives’ in Singapore are the
most likely to learn online whereas ‘assistant directors and above’ are the
least likely to learn online.
The report also
revealed that the top topics Singaporeans are learning online include ‘office
productivity tools’ (voted by 50%), ‘leadership’ (voted by 49%), ‘service
excellence’ (voted by 41%), ‘data analytics & business intelligence’ (voted
by 35%) and ‘digital marketing & e-commerce’ (voted by 32%).
“The pandemic has
prompted us to evaluate and innovate new modes of learning to ensure that
learning never stops, despite the restrictions on traditional face-to-face
training. The report serves as a ‘pathfinder’ to help readers understand the
evolving adult learning trends. We hope that the findings will inspire learners
to adapt to new learning styles and gain the relevant skills to keep pace with
our labour market demands, as well as encourage companies to identify optimal
training and development programmes that can equip workers with skillsets to
drive business performance through changing times,” says NTUC LHUB CEO Kwek Kok
To download the NTUC
LearningHub How Singaporeans Learn report, visit https://www.ntuclearninghub.com/how-singaporeans-learn/.
About NTUC LearningHub
LearningHub was corporatised in 2004 with the vision of transforming the
lifelong employability of working people. We work with both corporate and
individual clients to provide learning solutions in areas such as Infocomm
Technology, Healthcare, Employability & Literacy, Business Excellence,
Workplace Safety & Health, Security, Human Resources and Foreign Worker
date, NTUC LearningHub has helped over 21,000 organisations and achieved over
2.5 million training places across more than 500 courses with a pool of over 600
certified trainers. As a Total Learning Solutions provider to organisations, we
also forge partnerships and provide a wide range of relevant end-to-end
training solutions and work constantly to improve our training quality and
more information, visit www.ntuclearninghub.com.