020 has been an extremely challenging year for everyone. The outbreak of COVID-19 has affected Singapore, our economy and the process industry. During this period, ASPRI will continue to help and support our members and the community
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At the onset of the COVID-19 situation, ASPRI secretariat launched a series of surveys to garner on-the-ground issues and distilled critical findings to relevant government agencies for action. ASPRI continues to be an active nexus for members to receive industry specific advisories, and more importantly, a helpdesk for members to quickly seek clarification on newly enacted measures and other essential service-related queries.
ASPRI remains tuned to the needs of the industry through regular closed-door meetings held with various stakeholders (i.e. employers of residents staying at ASPRI-Westlite Papan, Advisory Board Members, Plant Owners and government agencies) to help align industry expectations for Cohorting and Staggered Rest Days arrangements.
The ASPRI Knowledge, Education, Experience & Networking (KEEN) Workgroup has also worked with government agencies and vendors to organise webinars for members to navigate the new business landscape created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Similarly, the Digitalisation, Innovation and Technology Adoption (DITA) Workgroup has been working with IMDA and Enterprise Singapore (ESG) to encourage members to digitalise amidst the need to conform to various safe management measures and the renewed drive to improve productivity.
In a show of solidarity and support, the 12th Executive Council provided over half a million dollars of financial aid including a one-off 50% annual membership subscription fee, a donation to Business China to help patients in China during the initial stages of the pandemic outbreak, 8,000 reusable masks, one for each resident at ASPRI-Westlite Papan and a donation to Project Belanja, a campaign to provide meals for migrant workers
ASPRI-IPI continues to upskill the workforce, delivering a total of 240,000 training hours to the process industry in 2019.
ASPRI-IPI completed and rolled out all 13 WSQ Process skill sets as of June 2019. To help members meet the new WSQ Process skillsets framework, we set up an ASPRI Training Fund of $500,000 to provide 50% subsidy off the 13 WSQ Process skillset course fees from July to December 2019.
Subsequently in December 2019, MOM raised the revised R1 skills requirement for all pathways to at least 2 WSQ Statement of Attainment (SOAs) or equivalent. To continue to support our members, ASPRI topped up the ASPRI Training Fund with an additional $250,000 to extend the training fee subsidy for another 6 months (from January to June 2020). This ASPRI Training Fund of $750,000 is expected to benefit 2,000 workers in the process industry.
During the circuit breaker, ASPRI-IPI had to cease classroom-based training. However, learning should not stop.
Since June 2020, ASPRI-IPI has rolled out 16 free e-courses in IPI Connect and 9 micro-learning on Bolster Safety e-platform to allow workers to refresh safety knowledge and refine their craftsmanship, all in the comfort of their own homes. With the implementation of the national Safe Restart criteria, ASPRI-IPI also developed the Safe Management Officer (SMO) and Safe COVID-19 Restart awareness e-courses to equip the PCM workforce with adequate knowledge on measures to be implemented at worksites.
We are pleased to share that within a span of 6 weeks, over 38,000 e-training places were filled by 386 member companies. With more than 24,000 unique users in IPI Connect, ASPRI-IPI continues to engage the PCM workforce through regular update of newsfeed - providing relevant safety videos, technical information and quizzes to continuously upskill our workforce.
We are very encouraged by members’ response and participation. ASPRI-IPI will continue to enhance digital offerings to promote wider adoption of e-learning modules for the process industry.
Moving forward, we must brace ourselves for a long and difficult fight to recovery for the process industry and for Singapore. During this time, it is very important that we stay united, and help each other survive and emerge stronger together. ASPRI is determined to do all we can to help our members overcome this crisis together.
On behalf of the 12th Executive Council and ASPRI, I would like to thank all our members, stakeholders, industry partners and the government for their continued support and resilience so far this year. I look forward to a brighter future together with you.
President, Association of Process Industry