Not too long ago, 40-year old Mr Kirubakara Rengabashyam, a father of one, was in dire straits. He had just been retrenched from his position as a remote assistant in a mechanical engineering job, and was eager to look for another job.
That was easier said than done. Soon, reality set in – he had neither the adequate qualification for jobs that were hiring, nor the relevant skills to find employment in other sectors. He knew that he would have to be reskilled to make a mid-career switch to another field.
That took him to NTUC LearningHub to be trained in Infocomm Technology. His training equipped him with the relevant skills, and he soon received an offer from SembCorp to provide Technical Support. Soon, offers from other companies followed.
So grateful was he that he penned a “thank you” note to his trainer, Mr Soh Thien Thu, upon completion of the NTUC LearningHub course, “Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Parts 1 and 2”: “I’m glad to inform you I have been offered IT technical support position in Sembcorp marine,” wrote Mr Kirubakara. “Thank you for the excellent CISCO training and hiring recommendation.”
Looking back, Mr Kirubakara said, “After being retrenched I realised that any industry can ‘close shop’ at any time.” He felt that it was critical to remain relevant, and was grateful to NTUC LearningHub’s training, which “provided the solution to my qualification needs.”