SINGAPORE – Mr Abdul Latiff Muhamed Abdullah, 38, will return to school for the first time in September since graduating as an electrical engineer from Nitec Institute of Higher Technical Education in 2010.
He is one of a pioneering group of five SP Group employees to benefit from a partnership the utility group signed on Friday July 15 with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) to upskill and retrain its workers.
The three-year collaboration, signed at the Energy Innovation 2022 conference in Marina Bay Sands, will provide continuous upskilling pathways for SP employees through a full-time undergraduate degree in electrical engineering sponsored by their company. .
Speaking at the conference organized by the Energy Market Authority (EMA), Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Low Yen Ling, said the program is part of efforts to increase the energy sector workforce to bolster Singapore’s green economy ambitions.
SP’s support for his three-year undergraduate course gave Mr. Latiff the opportunity to continue his studies in electrical engineering, which he had put on hold for years because he couldn’t find the time to do so.
He was hired as a technician at SP Group in 2007 after emailing the company for a job after noticing its logo on his electricity bill.
Building electrical infrastructure has since become a passion for Mr. Latiff, who was part of the team that laid the infrastructure for the Marina Coastal Expressway’s electrical cable network in 2013.
“As the SP Group seeks to develop electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure, I hope to contribute to this plan, which helps protect the environment, by studying related modules,” he said.
His colleague Chan Meng Hoe, who has worked at SP for nearly three decades, also decided to set aside time to study, despite his vast experience in critical infrastructure projects.
Mr. Chan was involved in completing a utility diversion for the Downtown MRT line ahead of schedule and the pre-development of Changi Airport’s Terminal 5.
The senior technical manager, 49, said the upgrade is crucial as he has to keep pace with new technologies in the energy sector.
Mr. Chan added: “With the massive fusion of renewable energy into the existing grid system, I believe this (degree) course will equip me with the skills and knowledge required to guide me through the next two decades of my service to the within the SP group.”