Singapore’s aviation industry is changing, as people start travelling again for work and pleasure after the global travel restrictions were lifted in 2020 and 2021. Arrivals of international visitors and air travellers are steadily rising to levels seen before COVID-19.
With the rising demands for air transport and services, so is the workforce needed to run operations. Time to rejoice, jobseekers and mid-career switchers, because the Singapore aviation sector is on a hiring spree!
Wait, what? Are you still unsure if joining the sector would be the right career decision for you? Workipedia by MyCareersfuture brings you not one but three reasons why the Singapore aviation sector is worth considering.
Three reasons why the Singapore aviation sector is worth considering
1. Earn better wages and enhanced career prospects
Amid efforts to ramp up hiring, the aviation sector is also looking to provide better wages and job prospects for staff. National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) secretary-general Ng Chee Meng said, “I understand that there’s a shortage of labour at the moment, but in three, six months’ time when we welcome the return of workers, I think we will have better opportunities for better businesses.”
“And I think the aviation outlook will be much brighter. You can look forward to better wages and better work prospects, hopefully within the next 12 to 24 months.”
2. Government support to develop your career in aviation
To help the sector attract, grow and upskill the manpower needed to support the near-term ramp-up in air travel and Changi Airport’s future growth, with the development of Changi East, including the new Terminal 5, the OneAviation Careers Hub was launched in the third quarter of 2022.
The one-stop online aviation resource portal provides the following for Singaporeans who wish to join the aviation sector and existing aviation professionals seeking to grow their careers:
- End-to-end job facilitation
- Career and training advisory and counselling
- Recruitment services
A tripartite initiative, the hub was developed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) Aerospace & Aviation cluster, NTUC’s Employment and Employability Institute (e2i), and supported by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and Workforce Singapore (WSG).
3. Opportunities for career development and career resilience
“Career growth and development are critical for the long-term retention of employees, especially in a competitive marketplace. Understanding this, CAG places a lot of emphasis on actively developing the careers of its employees.”
CAG introduced an in-house programme called “FutureReadyME”, which aims to kickstart every CAG employee’s journey towards becoming future-ready. This also involves equipping them with essential knowledge and skills in key digital areas such as growth mindset, digital literacy, data analysis, and innovation methodologies.
To provide additional support for upskilling and reskilling for the digital future of work, a “FutureReadyME” Fund was also launched to fund training in selected digital areas, aligned with competencies that CAG needs to enable digital transformation and support agile ways of working.
Check out jobs at Changi Airport Group here.
Another company that has been actively hiring via the MyCareersFuture Job Portal is SATS. Jeremy Tang, the company’s Head of Talent Acquisition and Resource Planning, shared to Workipedia by MyCareersFuture:
“As the premier Gateway Services and Food Solutions provider in the Changi air hub. SATS is ideally placed to take advantage of this growth. With the huge demand in travel, we are constantly strengthening our talent pipelines to hire the right people to drive strategic and operational goals,” he added.
SATS is also focused on cultivating a work culture of lifelong learning to ensure that staff are well-equipped to perform optimally in their respective roles.
“SATS will ensure that comprehensive training is provided for staff to excel in their new career. We are a strong proponent of continuous learning, spearheaded by our SATS Academy to ensure a culture of lifelong learning,” said Jeremy.
“Regardless of whether you are a fresh graduate or someone who is looking at switching sectors, we would like to encourage you to keep an open mind and look out for the exciting opportunities that we have.”
Check out jobs at SATS here.
Get supported in making a successful industry switch
Even if you lack formal training or professional experience, there are plenty of opportunities to prepare you for a career in aviation. Check out WSG’s Career Conversion Programmes (CCPs) with On-the-Job Training to prepare you for a career in the sector.
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