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Traineeships a path to resilient careers

February 24, 2021 5:00 AM

Amid the Covid-19 gloom, there was some cause for comfort last week when the annual joint graduate employment survey was released. Overall, 93.6 per cent of graduates last year were employed in full-time, part-time, temporary or freelance work within six months of completing their final examinations - up from 90.7 per cent in 2019. Those who found a full-time job earned a higher median starting salary compared with 2019. The authorities are also cranking up the supply of traineeships under the SGUnited Traineeships Programme. The aim is to increase this number to up to 35,000 from 25,000 currently. There are now about 5,400 trainees, with some 25,000 positions still available. The numbers are encouraging, given that these graduates entered the workforce in a pandemic year.


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