Singapore University of Social Sciences

Industry, Job & Skills Transformation

Industry, Job & Skills Transformation (CET140)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: Short Course, SkillsFuture Series

Language: English

Duration: 2 days

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Business Administration

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: SkillsFuture

School/Department: Centre for Continuing & Professional Education

Level: Basic
Duration: 2 days
Venue: Singapore University of Social Sciences
Minimum number to run: 25 participants (To be updated by SUSS)


In this course, we will study the impact of new technologies such as A.I., robotics, algorithms and other digital technologies on the workplace. These new technologies have benefited humankind, allowing us to move to higher-value added jobs, and also gathering better feedback to create better products, and make them more complementary with individual customer’s tastes at cheaper prices and at faster speeds. However, new technologies can also be disruptive and eliminate human jobs. To cope with these changes, soft skills are given new emphasis in the future of the workplace. Communication skills, interactional capabilities, the ability to show empathy, the ability to solve problems on the spot, the art of persuasion, service to an organization, collaborative ease with fellow employees, strategizing, and thinking long term are all new skills sought after by contemporary employers. Besides soft skills, in many economies of the world, there is a digital gap between individuals who have IT (Information Technology) skills and those who lack such skills. There is therefore a need for training to bring everyone on board the digital revolution. Besides skills training, many believe that governments and societies need to extend more help to the disenfranchised and for those left out of the digital revolution. In this aspect, there is greater advocacy and attention paid to augmenting provision of social services and encouraging volunteerism within society to take care of those individuals who have fallen behind in preparing for and tapping into the digital economy.


  • Digital Disruptions and the Workplace
  • The Industrial Revolution 4.0 and Globalization 2.0
  • Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
  • Preparing for the Future Workforce

Learning Outcomes

A. Knowledge and Understanding (Theory Component)

At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss how technologies such as A.I., robotics and other digital applications are changing the workplace permanently.
  • Explain key concepts like digital gap, lifelong learning and design thinking.
  • Relate the idea of creating future jobs for humans to an emphasis on human elements found in soft skills.

B. Key Skills (Practical Component)

At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the soft skills needed to cope with changes at the workplace.
  • Describe the political, social, and economic challenges of re-designing jobs.
  • Show how individuals, the collective and the state can respond to these challenges.


Day 1
09:00 – 09:152-Day Course Overview
- Digital Disruptions and the Workplace
- The Industrial Revolution 4.0 and Globalization 2.0
09:15 – 10:45Digital Disruptions and the Workplace
10:45 – 11:00Break
11:00 – 12:30Digital Disruptions and the Workplace
12:00 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 – 15:00Digital Disruptions and the Workplace
15:00 – 16:00The Industrial Revolution 4.0 and Globalization 2.0
16:00 – 17:00Class Exercise: Class debate on the impact of digital technologies on our lifestyles and workplaces
17:00 – 17:30The Industrial Revolution 4.0 and Globalization 2.0
Day 2
09:00 – 10:45Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
10:45 – 11:00Break
11:00 – 12:00Preparing for the Future Workforce
12:00 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 – 16:30Class Exercise: Class debate on the role of robots in human society
16:30 – 17:30Assessment


  • Written Quiz


  • Attendees should have a basic knowledge on business operations and industry

Trainer's Profile

Lim Tai WeiTai Wei Lim is an area studies specialist (specializing in East Asia, especially China and Japan) and a historian who graduated with a PhD from Cornell University. He has taught Japanese Management and courses on Japanese economic development at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Overseas Study Mission to Tokyo/Cross Cultural Communication seminar at Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) and courses on Japanese postwar economic development in Waseda University's summer program. He has also published widely on the topics of popular cultural industries, porcelain industrial clusters, Northeast Asian relations and the energy sector with publishers like The Atlantic, Sage, National University of Singapore, Rowman and Littlefield, Wiley, Seoul National University, Hong Kong University, Cornell University, Springer, Emerald, Oxford Research Group, Brill, etc. He has also presented papers on Japan's production network, Northeast Asian coal industries at conferences organized by University of California at Berkeley, APEC, etc. He has also published with University of London Imperial College Press in other areas.

Application Procedures

Please submit the following documents to

  1. Coloured copy (back and front) of NRIC for Singaporeans and PRs, or "Employment"/"S" Pass for foreign applicant
  2. Application form

Course Fee

Course Fee for $1400

1 Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy: Singaporeans aged 40 and above may enjoy subsidies up to 90% of the course fees.
2 Enhanced Training Support for SMEs: SME-sponsored employees (Singaporean Citizens and PRs) aged 21 and above may enjoy subsidies up to 90% of the course fees. 
3 Additional subsidy for Singaporeans:  With effect from 1 January 2023, the GST rate will be revised from 7% to 8%. There will be no fee increase for Singaporeans taking SSG subsidized course(s) from 1 January to 31 December 2023.

  • Participants are required to achieve at least 75% attendance and pass any prescribed examinations/assessments or submit any course/project work (if any) under the course requirement.
  • Participants are required to complete all surveys and feedbacks related to the course
  • The course fees are reviewed annually and may be revised. The University reserves the right to adjust the course fees without prior notice.
  • Singapore University of Social Sciences reserves the right to amend and/or revise the above schedule without prior noticee.

For clarification, please contact the Centre for Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) via the following:

Telephone: +65 6248 0263
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