Be a Solar Technologist. The solar industry is set to create viable long-term career growth as Singapore push to achieve almost five times the current solar usage by 2030.
Traditionally, the job of solar panel installation is done by the construction sector. But there is an industry call for talents to see through the project in its entire lifecycle, from installation, commissioning, utilisation to maintenance.
Hence, a Solar Technologist.
The CDP for Solar Technologist is based on a tiered approach to progressively build-up skills and experience from an entry-level technician to a Principal Solar Technologist.
NTUC Secretary-General Ng Chee Meng said that under the solar sector’s first Career Development Plan (CDP), a solar technologist will move beyond simply installing solar panels. With job redesign and upskilling training, the solar technologist can take on higher-value roles including solar power maintenance and system data analysis.
“This means a win for our workers as they can achieve better wages and work prospects, and a win for the employers as they are able to attract local talents and anchor deeper-level skills to increase their productivity!” Mr Ng said.
Building competencies in our workforce
Currently, there is a demand for 400 Solar Technologists and the industry is set to grow even more.
Executive Director of Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS), Ms Kavita Gandhi said, “The solar industry is expanding rapidly. This concerted effort to build competencies within our local workforce will create a sustainable pipeline of skilled talent and support Singapore’s acceleration in the adoption of clean energy.”
A Progressive Wage Model for the solar sector?
With job redesign and progression ladders in place, there is good potential for a Progressive Wage Model to be developed for the solar sector. Expressing optimism, Mr Ng said, “I look forward to seeing the launch of an industry-led PWM-Solar sector in the next 12 to 18 months!