Sembcorp, BATU ink deal to improve employee training

A Sembcorp Industries truck picks up refuse in Singapore’s Geylang neighborhood; taken October 2018.A Sembcorp Industries truck picks up refuse in Singapore’s Geylang neighborhood; taken October 2018.

Sembcorp Industries’ waste-management arm, SembWaste, and the Building Construction and Timber Industries Employees’ Union (BATU) entered a deal to improve training for around 700 SembWaste employees.

Under the memorandum of understanding signed Thursday, SembWaste and BATU will set up a company training committee (CTC) to design employee training programs to help employees keep up with industry changes, the company said in a filing to SGX Thursday.

“SembWaste will also look into developing relevant training and refresher courses to ensure that all its workers are kept abreast with the latest technology and best practices to perform their jobs safely and effectively,” the filing said.

Zainal Sapari, executive secretary of BATU, said the union can play an advisory role on developing courses and sharing best practices.

“With this first partnership for us in the waste management industry, we are happy to be partnering a progressive company like SembWaste to see what else can be done to ensure our workers fully benefit from the transformation journey,” Sapari said in the statement. “We hope to have more companies on board, so that we can set the stage for the entire industry to transform.”

Neo Hong Keat, senior vice president for waste management at Sembcorp Industries, said the company believed investing in training can better equip employees to carry out their jobs safely and efficiently.

“More importantly, such training also allows our employees to enhance their career prospects with the company,” Neo added in the statement.

The company noted the industry has traditionally found it difficult to attract Singaporeans to roles as waste-collection truck drivers and crew members.

But it added SembWaste has been investing in changing perceptions and its operations, including introducing the Econic refuse collection truck in Asia. The truck is “environmentally friendlier” and offers better safety features and visibility as well as a low-entry point allowing drivers to better see other road users and easier entry and exit from the vehicle, the filing said.

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