Lim Swee Say

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Help For Jobless PMETs Should Be Evaluated

That the government has recognised more targeted assistance is needed for jobless professionals, managers, executives, and technicians (PMETs) is a useful start, though additional help is probably needed to profile these unemployed Singaporeans, to evaluate – especially quantitatively – the success of job-matching or job-training programmes, and ultimately to ascertain the effectiveness of the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say, in particular, explained that “organising a job fair with 10,000 jobs won’t solve the problem [for PMETs who have been out of work for six months or longer]” (ST, Mar. 18), though in fact the same need for specificity could be applied to the unemployed in general. Continue reading

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