MP Desmond Choo: More Temasek, government internships needed by youth to help jumpstart careers

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According to Member of Parliament Desmond Choo, young people today need more internships in the national government as well as in companies owned by Temasek, as this would make it easier for the youth to find their way around the job market.

Today reports that Choo, the assistant secretary-general of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and the executive secretary of Young NTUC, who was talking to the press on Friday, January 25, was at the 4th installments of the Todo Todo Skills Marketplace, organized to help the youth start their careers.

Choo drew attention to two specific topics that young people are anxious about. He said that he hopes this year’s Budget would help solve these problems, which he learned about via working with Young NTUC.

First, according to the MP younger graduates are taking a longer time than expected in finding employment that they choose. “So there is some uncertainty. Our younger people are feeling a bit more stressed out now, in terms of having to get a job upon graduation.”

The other concern the youth feel is that the skills they have now may prove to be irrelevant. “Many younger people… find that after working for a short while, their skills may not be relevant and they want to change or switch to a different career path.”

For Choo, one answer to address these concerns is the Government providing more opportunities for internships, which would allow the youth to have a “leg-up in their job search,” he says.

Choo also said, “We also want to encourage (the companies) to work closer with NTUC to open up more opportunities for younger people, like this kind of platform.”

The platform he was referring to is the Todo Todo Skills Marketplace, a joint project of the People’s Association and the NTUC. Todo Todo Skills Marketplace is a network composed of the Labour Movement, businesses, grassroots and industry professionals designed to give the youth assistance and guidance in their careers.

Choo stressed the need as well for more subsidized courses for younger Singaporeans, which would allow them to gain even more skills.

Today reports that this is Choo’s ‘Budget wish-list’: “(The message) we want to send to our younger Singaporeans is that we understand your constraints, but there are opportunities out there. The Government will want to help you (take on) these opportunities.”

Grace Fu, the country’s Culture, Community and Youth Minister, who was the guest of honor at the event, agreed with Choo. She said, “The Government is serious about supporting young people to meet future challenges.”

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