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  • TIB987K's Avatar
    1,825 posts since Oct '12
    • More bus drivers, technicians needed in next 5 years: Josephine Teo

      SINGAPORE: More bus captains, technicians and schedulers will be needed in the next five years to meet Singapore's transport needs, said Second Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo on Monday (Jul 24).

      It's estimated that the bus industry will need a workforce of about 11,100 by 2022. This is an increase of about 13 per cent from the 9,800 workers currently.

      Mrs Teo, who is also Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, noted that the number of workers in the bus industry has already been growing, with the number of bus captains growing by 30 per cent in the last five years.

      Equally important, she said, is the professionalism of the workforce, not just its size.

      Newly minted bus captain Aw Weihan told Channel NewsAsia he chose this line of work as he was familiar with the service industry and was not keen on a desk-bound job. He said the training at SGBA helped him improve his awareness of potential road hazards so that he can better anticipate road situations.

      The academy was developed by the Public Transport Sectoral Tripartite Committee last October to provide standardised training and improve competency standards across the industry.

      New bus captains have to complete a five-day Enhanced Vocational Licence Training Programme (EVLTP), which is a requirement for them to attain their Omnibus Driver’s Vocational Licence.

      The programme is conducted by in-house trainers from the academy, the National Transport Workers' Union, as well as bus operators SBS Transit and SMRT.

      Trainees have to learn safe driving techniques, an overview of the public transport industry and rules of the road, as part of their training.

      Source: CNA/hs

      http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/more-bus-drivers-technicians-needed-in-next-5-years-josephine-9058010

  • gekpohboy's Avatar
    2,180 posts since Mar '16
    • Yeah, but, bus driver no future one. The pay only +/- two thousand dollars, and some more the working hours so long, with so little break. Not worth it la. Even McDonald’s and KFC pay more than the bus companies, and some more the fringe benefits are better. Better to just let the foreigners do the job, while we go do better-paying jobs.

      Edited by gekpohboy 24 Jul `17, 5:39PM
    • and somemore with driverless bus coming along, are you sure we need so many bus drivers? maybe in the next 5 years we need more bus drivers, but what about the next 10 to 15 years? to account for the short-term need for more bus drivers, maybe it’s better to just hire foreigners to do the job. because if we hire locals to do the job, what happens when the bus driver job becomes obsolete in future?

      Edited by gekpohboy 24 Jul `17, 5:51PM
  • Marvel68's Avatar
    223 posts since Oct '14
    • Originally posted by gekpohboy:

      Yeah, but, bus driver no future one. The pay only +/- two thousand dollars, and some more the working hours so long, with so little break. Not worth it la. Even McDonald’s and KFC pay more than the bus companies, and some more the fringe benefits are better. Better to just let the foreigners do the job, while we go do better-paying jobs.

      Carbikebus and other Sgforumers who are BCs will tear you down if they read this LOL.

  • SMB145B's Avatar
    2,215 posts since Dec '12
    • Originally posted by gekpohboy:

      Yeah, but, bus driver no future one. The pay only +/- two thousand dollars, and some more the working hours so long, with so little break. Not worth it la. Even McDonald’s and KFC pay more than the bus companies, and some more the fringe benefits are better. Better to just let the foreigners do the job, while we go do better-paying jobs.

      excuse me.

      that's the basic pay only. and most are on 8 hour shift, break is 45mins and shorter toilet breaks are about 15mins. drivers are working with 5.5 day per week.

    • Originally posted by Marvel68:

      Carbikebus and other Sgforumers who are BCs will tear you down if they read this LOL.

      actually no need, it is almost like retail, F&B outlets where off days are not always Saturdays and Sundays.

    • this minister said we only need a small space to have sex. WTH?

  • iveco's Avatar
    17,024 posts since Mar '04
    • Originally posted by SMB145B:

      this minister said we only need a small space to have sex. WTH?

      Maybe she is on drugs, like everyone from her cult is.

  • SMB145B's Avatar
    2,215 posts since Dec '12
    • Originally posted by iveco:

      Maybe she is on drugs, like everyone from her cult is.

      useless milli$ters. a whole load of bullshit from them.

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