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News : Logistics Sector Offers ‘New and Exciting Jobs'
Singapore, April 20, 2016 -- Singaporeans will find "new and exciting" logistics and supply chain jobs as the industry evolves under the industry renewal plan unveiled in last month's Budget, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said yesterday.
"Logistics is in fact one of the first sectors in the implementation of the Industry Transformation Programme," he said at the opening of logistics provider DHL's Advanced Regional Centre.
The 60,000 sq m facility - with a total warehouse floor area of 90,000sq m - occupies the biggest parcel of land in Tampines LogisPark.
This year, the Government intends to hand out 50 SkillsFuture Study Awards to encourage Singaporeans to develop new skills demanded by the logistics sector of the future, Mr Tharman said. Early- to mid-career Singaporeans can apply for the award, which offers $5,000 in fee subsidies for skill upgrades. Up to 2,000 awards for various industries are given out each year.
Mr Tharman cited DHL's new logistics facility as a "good example" of what future jobs might look like.
DHL invested in an automation system which uses 130 robotic shuttles to pick and store products from 72,000 locations spread across 26 levels across its two warehouse blocks.
As automation replaces laborious and mundane human tasks, "jobs in the warehouse will shift towards more complex and control tower functions, and present attractive career opportunities in logistics", said Mr Tharman.
"Automation will also create demand for jobs such as solution designers, automation specialists and information system specialists."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL and is the Logistics Company for the world. DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry. DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics, and international mail services to its customers. DHL's global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and more than 300,000 employees worldwide, it offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting climate protection, disaster management, and education.
Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2016