Singapore Labor Foundation
The Singapore Labor Foundation (SLF), established in 1977, oversees all of Singapore’s many trade unions. It ensures that these trade unions are operating in a proper manner and attempts to increase the general well-being of trade union members. SLF is closely linked to the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). NTUC often organizes events and activities which may be social, cultural, educational, or recreational in nature. These events are usually funded by SLF. SLF also provides various welfare schemes to serve its lower-income members. SLF’s primary sources of funding are returns from investments, co-operatives, and contributions from unions.
The chairman of SLF is currently Lawrence Wong, who replaced Gan Kim Yong in June 2018.
Workforce Singapore (WSG) is the third of MOM’s statutory boards. It is closely linked to SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), which is another statutory board. However, unlike WSG, SSG does not operate under MOM, but under the Ministry of Education. WSG was known as the Singapore Workforce Development Agency between 2003, when it was formed, and 2016. Its primary objectives are to help people all over Singapore achieve their career goals, enable them to be suitably employed, and increase the competitiveness and efficiency of the country’s enterprises. By doing so, WSG helps Singaporeans improve the status of their jobs and careers. It also works with stakeholders to support companies and their owners to promote their adaptation and growth. This also helps improve the quality of the country’s workforce.
On its website, WSG also mentions that it provides certain grants, assistance, funding, programs, and initiatives. Depending on the criteria involved, these may be used by ordinary individuals, employers, or training providers. Regardless of who is to use them, they all serve as major boons to those who may benefit from them, thus leading to the general improvement of Singapore’s workforce.
The chairman of WSG is Lim Ming Yan, the chief executive is Tan Choon Shian, and the deputy chief executive is Goh Eng Ghee.