Parliament: 23 SAF courses, including BMT, now accredited under Workforce Skills Qualification

SINGAPORE - More than 96 per cent of full-time national servicemen (NSFs) who enlist from January this year will receive Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ) annually.

The move is part of a drive to enhance the value of NS and ease the servicemen's transition back to studies or the workplace.

A total of 23 courses conducted by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) - including the Basic Military Training (BMT) for most recruits - are now accredited under the WSQ scheme, the national system that trains and certifies individuals in skills that are valued by employers, said the Ministry of Defence.

Under this national training framework, workers gain qualifications ranging from a certificate to an advanced diploma. Even if they do not get a full qualification, they get a statement of attainment (SOA) for each module they complete.

This is to recognise that during NS, servicemen attain leadership, technical, and specialist skills that meet professional standards accepted by industries, Second Defence Minister Ong Ye Kung said on Friday (March 3) in Parliament at the Ministry of Defence's Committee of Supply debate.