A new training and certification centre for rank-and-file healthcare workers has been established. The centre, located at Jalan Bukit Merah, was officially opened by Acting Manpower Minister Gan Kim Yong on 16 January 2009. It will be run by Health Management International Ltd (HMI), a private healthcare and education/training provider.
With support from the Workforce Development Agency (WDA), trainees will get grants of up to 90% for their course fees under the agency's Skills Programme for Upgrading and Resilience (SPUR).
The centre, known as the Continuing Education and Training (CET) Centre for Therapy Services and Healthcare Support, will provide the industry with trained and certified therapy assistants, patient care assistants, patient service assistants and operating theatre assistants. HMI will work with twelve local health and medical sector employers to provide students with clinical attachments during the training as well as job placements when they graduate.
The WDA expects the centre to upgrade and train about 2,000 existing or new healthcare workers over the next three years. It hopes to position them to bolster the healthcare support industry's manpower as well as absorb workers from other industries that have been scaled down due to economic restructuring.