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Opportunities and Threats for the Future Workforce

Digital revolution, demographic shifts and social changes are some of the global key drivers that are evolving the employment landscape. As much as these global trends present opportunities for businesses, they also provide challenges to the workforce.

Assistant Secretary-General, NTUC, Mr Patrick Tay will share some insights on what challenges have been identified and specifically which jobs and industries are under threat and which provide opportunities. Next, current initiatives will be described on how these threats can be turned into opportunities as well as what businesses and individuals can do to not only adapt, but even take advantage of this uncertain, ever-changing future.


Topic: Opportunities and Threats for the Future Workforce
Date:  Monday, 20 February 2017
Time: 8:45AM - 9.30AM(SGT)
Venue:  Mochtar Riady Auditorium, SMU Administration Building, Level 5


Mr Patrick Tay Teck Guan
Assistant Secretary-General, NTUC

Mr Patrick Tay is Assistant Secretary-General of National Trades Union Congress (NTUC).  He is Director of NTUC’s Legal Services Department, and Future Jobs, Skills & Training Department. Concurrently, he is also Executive Secretary of The Singapore Manual and Mercantile Workers' Union (SMMWU) and Adviser to a number of unions. He currently co-chairs the Financial Sector Tripartite Committee with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

As a Member of Parliament for West Coast GRC, he chairs the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Manpower and sits on the GPCs for Law and Home Affairs. He is an Advocate & Solicitor (Supreme Court of Singapore), an Associate Mediator with the Singapore Mediation 

Centre and Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.  He has been involved in industrial/employee relations since 2002 and has been deeply involved in collective bargaining, dispute resolution and complex negotiations including representing workers/unions at the Industrial Arbitration Court (IAC).  He has also been involved, representing the labour movement, in labour legislation reviews and changes such as the Employment Act, Industrial Relations Act and the new Employment Claims Act amongst other regulatory and tripartite guidelines introduced and updated.

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