The COVID-19 pandemic has hastened the pace of digitalisation and disrupted the nature of work. In response to these changes, Certis today announced that it has launched the Certis Accelerator programme, to support employment and employability of the larger Singapore workforce. Certis will hire 100 individuals across a wide range of roles in the organisation, as well as strengthen the training and upskilling opportunities provided to its 16,000 employees in Singapore. It will also provide training opportunities to workers in other companies as they too gear up to be a future-ready workforce.
The new hires will be placed with Certis for one year, after which they will be given priority for available permanent positions or be supported by Certis as they explore opportunities elsewhere. These roles will be offered to Singaporeans and Permanent Residents who are experienced hires as well as fresh graduates actively seeking employment during these challenging times. Candidates will be offered market-competitive remuneration packages.
Concurrently, Certis will continue its workforce transformation efforts by providing skills training to its employees in Singapore. This training will also be extended to selected local organisations. This is the first time that Certis has offered its training programmes to non-Certis employees and this initiative is aimed at improving the employability and capabilities of workers in Singapore. This curated list of programmes includes modules on Digital Literacy, Leadership and Design Thinking, and will be delivered through Certis Corporate University (CCU).
“Certis is a key partner in the nation’s fight against COVID-19 and an organisation that the Singapore community relies on for peace of mind. There are many in Singapore whose jobs have been affected by the COVID-19 situation. We want to join in to support them by offering employment and raising their employability. We will prioritise hiring and training Singaporeans who have been impacted by the pandemic, and fresh graduates who are also seeking employment. Additionally, Certis Corporate University will be opening its doors to strengthen the workforce capabilities of not just Certis, but of other Singapore workers as we gear up for Workforce 4.0,” said Paul Chong, President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Certis.
Mr Chong added, “We are now in the new normal where COVID-19 has increased the pace of digitalisation, and Certis has taken bold steps to stay ahead of the curve. The new colleagues who come on board through the Certis Accelerator program will join us as we accelerate our business and workforce transformation, taking us through the next phase of growth. They too will benefit from the enhanced upskilling efforts we are rolling out for our existing workforce so that they are future-ready.”
The Certis Accelerator programme is part of Certis’ long-standing commitment to support the community we operate in. Throughout 2020, Certis has continued its community programmes, even as it devoted additional resources to join Singapore’s fight against COVID-19. It did so while adapting to safe distancing measures, including converting in-person outreach programmes to virtual sessions. For instance, Certis launched the Breaking Barriers programme with SPD last August, which empowers and engages persons with disabilities through employment opportunities and engagement activities. For its work, Certis gained industry recognition for excellence in corporate social responsibility strategy in October 20201. For its front-line role in fighting COVID-19, Certis has also been nominated as one of the eight finalists of The Straits Times Singaporean of the Year 2020 Award.
In the face of the pandemic, Certis has held strong its commitment to its employees. As a result, over the course of 2020, Certis was recognised by over 10 awards in the areas of being an employer of choice, employee engagement, workplace culture, learning and innovation. This month, Certis was presented the SkillsFuture Employer Awards, which honours exemplary organisations that champion workforce skills development and creating a lifelong learning culture at the workplace. Certis was also ranked among the top 10 best workplaces in Singapore by the Great Place to Work Institute in December 2020.
The Certis Accelerator hiring and upskilling initiatives will roll out progressively. From today, jobseekers can register their interest and submit their resumes at www.certisgroup.com/Careers/Certis-Accelerator. More details on the upskilling initiatives will be shared in the coming months.
1Certis won the Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy award at the HR Excellence Awards 2020