NTUC and the Economic Development Board (EDB) have tied up for the first time to launch a programme to offer promising young executives global exposure.
NTUC chief Chan Chun Sing had made a call at the Future Leaders Summit last year to encourage more Singaporeans to strike out to gain overseas experience in order to stay competitive and advance their careers.
This has been underscored in a study by LinkedIn and NTUC which found more than half of the Singapore corporate executives the study covered have worked or studied abroad.
The U Future Leaders Programme "aims to identify young and promising Singaporeans from participating organisations, provide them with international exposure and opportunities to build key leadership attributes and develop relevant competencies" that could help them move up the corporate ladder fast.
The programme is currently open to companies which are part of NTUC's U Circle of Friends.
Six MNCs which have made Singapore their regional headquarters are in the pilot programme. They are Dentsu Aegis Network, Diageo, Mastercard Asia Pacific, Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Yum! Asia Franchise.