New portal for SME bosses to reskill in Singapore

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The National Trades Union Congress’ (NTUC) Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) has launched a closed portal for heads of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), with modules specifically tailored for business owners and directors.

The portal is part of the existing platform U Leap, or Learning Enabled through Active Participation.

Since its launch, more than 10,000 users have tapped the platform, which is a mobile application with bite-sized training courses for professionals on the go.

In a joint statement, e2i and Human Capital Singapore (HCS) said it is important to include bosses on the platform in order “to support different community groups to acquire new knowledge and deepen their skills, bring about greater collaborations and speed up training.”

“This new pillar within the U Leap ecosystem serves to address a need for community groups with common interests to access customised learning content and network with their peers,” they added.

The U Leap Community for SME bosses, set up by e2i and HCS, now includes 14 modules, mostly covering topics related to leadership, organisational development and internationalisation of businesses.

HCS and e2i said the modules can help boost the bosses’ leadership and human capital skills to drive change, stay on top of trends and upgrade their workers and companies.

Chief Executive of e2i Gilbert Tan added: “It is critical to equip the SME business leaders with relevant skills and knowledge to help them transform and stay ahead of the game. “The U Leap Community for SME bosses will help time-strapped leaders gain easy access to bite-sized learning, engage in discussions with peers and learn at their own pace.”

Richard Magnus, chairman of the HCS management board, said: “The national drive towards digitisation cannot occur if not for an investment in training and education to upgrade the knowledge and skills of individuals and organisations.”