NTUC LearningHub’s 2-Millionth Trainee – Jason Ang’s Learning Journey
31 Dec 2018Posted in ⟨Stories⟩
Jason did not have his career path paved exactly the way he wanted. During his childhood days, his father, who still runs a landscaping business, had personal issues and worries on his business. This led to conflicts at home and Jason was not interested in studying during his early school days. Fortunately, he had encouraging teachers during his secondary school days and thus he was inspired to complete his secondary education.
Jason subsequently enrolled into the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and took up a course on automotive. After graduating from school and completing National Service, he was still unsure of what he wanted in life; let alone what he wanted to be. He took on several junior jobs, in sales and administration but could not hold on to a permanent job for long. In 2009, Jason’s mother encouraged him to work for his father before finding a permanent role. This was when he began his journey in landscaping.
Being a newbie in the landscaping industry, Jason was tasked to help in the operations work. He also took on the role to ensure that works such as tree maintenance are carried out smoothly. In addition, he had to supervise close to 20 foreign workers. A workplace accident happened in 2014 and became the turning point for Jason. One of his foreign workers was seriously injured during the course of work. As this was a workplace accident, Jason had to submit paperwork and reports to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). Prior to this, Jason had no idea what was needed to be done as he was not properly trained in the reporting functions and how to handle Workplace Safety issues. This left him unprepared for the situation. However, Jason was fortunate to receive help from his contractor’s safety officer who guided him to complete the reporting process.
This incident triggered Jason to know more on Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) and he realised the importance of safety. After finding out more from his contractors, his interests deepened. He decided to build a career in WSH and contribute more to his father’s firm.
He started attending courses on his own – starting with the WSQ Certificate in Workplace Safety and Health in 2016 to become a WSH Advocate. It was not an easy journey for Jason, but he knew that he had to persevere in order to succeed.
Using his SkillsFuture Credit, Jason is currently taking up the WSQ Advanced Certificate in Workplace Safety with NTUC LearningHub. He advocates safety at the workplace through imparting what he learned into use at work. Being a believer in continuous learning, he also reminds and advises his friends to take charge of their lives and to go for skills upgrading.
Moving forward, Jason Ang has plans to take up his diploma in WSH so that he could be an accredited WSH Safety Officer eventually and can be qualified to conduct training for his workers too.