SME, Unable to Plan for the Future

In the 2015 national budget speech, the government introduce a national movement, SkillFuture, to Singaporean with opportunities to develop their fullest potential throughout life.

In the speech by Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Finance and Chairman of the SkillsFuture Council, mentioned that

A key challenge in SkillsFuture is to help uplift a significant base of our SMEs, and involve them in this process of skills development. This will not happen naturally – many of our SMEs lack their own training capacity and are unable to plan for the future.

Unable to plan for the future. That somehow hit the nail. Been a business owner, I have tried to encourage personal growth to my team. by sending them for courses like the pottery class and Google analytics courses.

However, I have encountered a few problems while trying to cultivate a learning culture in the company.

  • High Training Spending
  • It was a hit and go. They are not able to connect their learning to the workflow and the learning outcome is not effective especially if they are not able to practise in their work.
  • Does not encourage a self direct learning culture.

Maybe I could investigate further on what are the problem that the SME would face in training their employee. Are they facing the same problems as me and what is their solution to it?