WHILE the main task of the new SkillsFuture Council is to anticipate and identify future skills that will grow in demand ("5-year plan to identify, build skills for the future"; Thursday), it must also recognise workers who have acquired the requisite skill sets.
I suggest that such workers be awarded certificates - for example, Junior Craftsman, Craftsman, Senior Craftsman and Master Craftsman. These certificates should be recognised by government agencies, educational institutions, companies and employers. This would make these workers more valuable across industries.
Opportunities should be made available for skilled workers to update their knowledge and upgrade their skills in local polytechnics and universities.
This would aid the drive towards an inclusive society, in which social mobility is based on skills acquired and experience, and not only on university qualifications.