Two schemes to attract more Singaporeans into the logistics industry have been launched by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC).

They promise a job along with training, to meet growing demand in this sector that involves the storage and distribution of goods.

One is the Place-and-Train Logistics Specialists programme, which aims to place 100 trainees in jobs paying at least $1,600 a month.

It is for Singaporeans or permanent residents with at least N-level qualifications. They will receive a monthly training allowance of $400 while their employers can get funding for up to 90 per cent of course fees, capped at $1,080 per trainee.

The other scheme is for mid-career professionals, managers and executives with diplomas.

Called Place-and-Train Logistics Operation Executives programme, it hopes to attract 50 trainees, who will get a $1,000 training allowance and starting pay of at least $2,500.

Firms can get funding for half the fees, up to $2,750 per trainee.

The programmes are part of NTUC's Transport & Logistics Services Cluster's continuing effort to draw locals into the industry.

Another training scheme, launched last year, has subsidised Class 3 and 4 driving licences for 700 workers so far, helping them get new jobs or better pay. For instance, 30 unemployed workers found jobs after getting a Class 3 licence, making at least $1,500.

Another 206 low-wage workers had pay rises after getting Class 4 licences for heavy vehicles. They earn more than $2,120, up from $1,700 to $1,800 before. Another 2,000 places are open for Class 3 licences.

The schemes and updates were announced yesterday during an NTUC visit to the Tampines warehouse of logistics company YCH Group.

Following NTUC's programmes, it has drawn up two new career paths for material handlers, who move goods in warehouses. Now they can go on to be heavy vehicle drivers, or be trained to be logistics assistants.

Also, a new automated storage system has freed its material handlers to acquire more skills and, in turn, earn more. Said its chief executive Robert Yap: "Being more productive means we can pay them more."