The Continuing Education and Training (CET) system is in for an overhaul.

Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin announced yesterday that the government is launching an overview of the CET Masterplan to make it more ready to equip workers to handle future challenges.

"The review of the CET Masterplan is timely as we seek to transform our economy and help Singaporeans to fulfil their career aspirations at the same time."

He was speaking at a graduation ceremony for the first batch of professionals, managers and executives (PMEs) who had completed the Max Talent training programme.

"We also seek to better anticipate some of the future challenges and uncertainties faced by our companies and workforce, so that enhancements to our current CET system can be made ahead of time," added Mr Tan, the guest of honour at the event hosted by the Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (ASME).

He said his ministry had gathered some "insightful" feedback on the CET system and would consult more people on the masterplan in the months ahead. He said he hoped to be able to share more details towards the end of next year.

The current CET Masterplan was unveiled in 2008 to foster coordinated efforts in CET; its overall aim is to develop a strong CET infrastructure that encourages workers to embrace lifelong learning, stay relevant and seize opportunities in new growth sectors.

CET programmes also enable PMEs to upgrade their skills and get them matched to the right job. Max Talent, a pilot place-and-train scheme to place local PMEs in small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), is one such programme.

Launched in April last year by WDA and run by ASME, Max Talent has benefited more than 530 PMEs, including some 120 older individuals.

Mr Tan yesterday presented certificates of completion to 81 of the PMEs in the pioneering cohort of the scheme.

He said of the programme: "The assistance that Max Talent provides does not end upon the completion of the workshop. ASME continues to provide six months of post-placement support to hired PMEs and their SME employers through a Talent Resource Kit."

The kit helps individual PMEs communicate with their supervisors on the setting of work goals and performance indicators, and on the drawing up of their career paths.

Mr Tan said WDA will also review and refine the Max Talent programme and its content, and consider extending the programme to more SMEs and PMEs.