NTUC hopes firm can offer more internship, family care leave


On 25 Jan, National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) Assistant Secretary-General Desmond Choo urged Temasek-linked companies to offer more internships so that young adults can get a head start when they are searching for jobs.

The statement was made when elaborating about NTUC’s Budget wish list for young people and young parents. Mr. Choo added that the younger generation is feeling more stressed in getting a job upon graduation due to the uncertainties in the business environment.

Also, NTUC hopes that more subsidies will be given to youngsters so that they can take a second diploma or degree to be more versatile in the job market.

To help the “sandwiched” group of people with young children and elderly parents, Mr. Choo also suggested that it be made compulsory for companies to offer family care leave to their employees.

Overall, these moves not only are a representation in the understanding of the needs of younger Singaporeans, but also an approach to ease the burden of infant care and childcare costs.

Separately, this year’s Budget statement will be made in the Parliament on 18 Feb by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat.

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