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Upgrading of skills has never been more important in Singapore, with more locals participating in training sessions across the island.

According to the Ministry of Manpower’s Labour Force Survey 2013, overall training participation rose to an 11 year high in 2013.

The report, which surveyed 28,039 households in Singapore, found 33% of respondents in the labour force participated in some form of job-related structured training, up from 29% in 2012 and 27% in 2011.

“Training participation rose for both employed and unemployed residents in 2013, though participation among the unemployed (17%) continued to lag behind that of the employed (33%),” the report said.

When it came to training participation rates across job titles, professionals were found to be the most involved in training, with 52% of them having undergone corporate training in 2013. They were followed by managers and administrators at 39%.

On the other hand, working proprietors (12%), plant and machine operators and assemblers (15%), and cleaners, labourers and related workers (15%) were among the least likely to be involved in training.

But despite the overall rise in participation rates, the report warned the intensity of training had dipped in 2013, with workers spending less time on training.

Citing “manpower shortages” as the primary cause, the report found a decline in average duration of training, from 14 days to 12 days per trainee.

“Training intensity among the employed fell slightly from 4 to 3.8 days per adult, as they spent less time on training,” the survey stated.

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