Try reading the titles of the two articles below to get a grasp of the direction and the opportunities available for young Sinkies.
‘PM Lee assures young Singaporeans future is bright opportunities are
plentiful – Singapolitics.sg’ and ‘Singapore government looking to
encourage young Singaporeans to become carpenters with training and
This is no joking matter, serious. It was reported from
as far as China and by China.org.cn and I quote, ‘The NTUC, the
Singapore Workforce Development Agency and the Singapore Furniture
Industries Council also jointly launched a 3.5 million dollar program to
train 180 carpenters in the next two years. The funding will cover
their training and salary subsidies for employers. They are also
considering efforts to rebrand carpenters as creative craftsmen to woo
the young people.’
With the launch of this scheme they might bring in Chinese carpenters,
oops I mean creative craftsmen masters, to train our young in creative
carpentry. And this is not the first time ministers are talking about
retraining our young. Some have been encouraged to become hawkers and
crane drivers. Some have been encouraged not to pursue a tertiary
I wonder who Lucas Film are recruiting if young Sinkies are not
encouraged to do tertiary education or IT related staff but to be
hawkers and carpenters. I am too used to call a carpenter a carpenter
and still have difficulties calling them creative craftsmen. There may
be a rebranding of our hawkers to something like Tropical Alfesco Chef.
Sounds great right? Hope it will be attractive enough to lure our young
into making hawking a career.