Community of Practice for NS Advocates
Senior Minister of State for Defence Mr Heng Chee How launched the inaugural Community of Practice (CoP) of National Service (NS) Advocates on 21 April 2021. The CoP of NS Advocates aims to support NS and Operationally-Ready National Servicemen (NSmen) through ground-up initiatives that are initiated, co-created, owned and sustained by the CoP.
During the launch, SLA joined senior leaders from 33 organisations that have implemented pro-NS policies and practices in a session to generate and discuss ideas for potential projects or initiatives to strengthen support for NS.
5 project ideas were showcased at the event. These ideas include a career transformation, education, and support programme for NSmen; a fitness app that enables employers to encourage their NSmen employees to keep fit; and a mentorship programme for NSmen by NSmen. The project ideas are either extensions of the employers' current business activities and customised to address the needs of NSmen, or specifically developed with supporting NS in mind.
To encourage skills upgrading in logistics and supply chain management, ACCORD worked with SLA and The Logistics Academy to award a Specialist Certificate in Logistics Management, which will be launched by the end of the year. Mr Thomas Sim – SLA Chairman for Human Capital Development Committee was present to share on the latest updates.
MINDEF will be sharing the curated ideas within the wider community of NS Advocates. NS Advocates will be invited to select ideas they feel an affinity toward, and with fellow NS Advocates, form CoPs centred on their chosen ideas to develop the ideas into projects or initiatives that they will own, implement and sustain. MINDEF will facilitate the networking among NS Advocates and leverage ACCORD's influence and network to catalyse the development of ideas into feasible projects.