Education & Learning
Skills Framework for Design

Design is more than just a form-giving aesthetic function. Design is also a capability to transform and change businesses and organisations; humanise technology; innovate systems and customer experiences.  A design-empowered workforce is increasingly needed for :

• Designers who can integrate knowledge and methods from different disciplines, and operate in non-design contexts.

• Non-designers who are equipped with design-related skills to enable innovation in the workplace

Design Facilitators, Storytellers, Service Experience Designers, Creative Technologists are just some examples of new roles being hired for.

Everyone can be mindful of these career opportunities. Anyone can take up these jobs. Jointly developed with SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and Workforce Singapore (WSG), the Skills Framework for Design was created in consultation with design employers, industry associations, education and training providers. It provides useful information on the design sector, career pathways, job roles, existing and emerging skills as well as relevant training programmes required for the job roles.


To explore the Skills Framework for Design’s interactive career map, click here


What are the emerging skills?
As design changes the world, the design-empowered workforce is in for a world of change and cannot stay still. It needs to deepen and broaden skills –  to master different disciplines. The Skills Framework for Design presents desired attributes, and the knowledge and skills that need to be acquired.  Here are some emerging skills that are in demand by design employers:

Business Model Innovation
Identify and capitalise on untapped areas of business opportunities by proposing and instituting innovative changes to existing business models

Content Development and Strategy
Brainstorm, ideate and utilise writing strategies and plans to maximise user engagement

Creative Entrepreneurship

Develop and inspire the creation of creative or intellectual capital to generate activities for business success

Design Sustainability and Ethics Management

Create designs that consider the limitations, regulations and guidelines on intellectual property, sustainability, diversity, inclusivity and accessibility, aligning to behaviours and actions which are generally accepted in the profession

Empathetic Design

Apply and drive empathetic-centred design thinking to better understand users’ feelings and perceptions towards products and services, as well as the emotional tone of creative design work

Interaction Design Practice

Develop digital and/or physical interactions across technology, products, space and services media to enhance relationships and engagement with users

Systems Thinking
Identify, analyse and evaluate relationships among systems’ parts, with the use of simulation tools and systems thinking techniques and frameworks to understand situations and drive change for improvements

User Experience Design

Conceptualise and enhance users’ interactions and engagement with products and services by integrating elements of interaction design, information architecture, information design, visual interface design, user assistance design and user-centered design

Who is it for?
Everyone is part of Singapore's SkillsFuture journey. The choices you make or guide others to make in education, jobs or careers should lead to opportunities to maximise one's potential and develop a mastery of skills. To meet challenges and achieve success, chart your own paths through lifelong learning and skills mastery. 

The Skills Framework for Design presents different proficiency levels, and corresponding courses that are mapped. Any individual – entry-level or experienced – can access these skills and training. Beyond the individual, design employers, training providers and intermediaries in the ecosystem can use this framework to drive and grow this movement.


How to use the Skills Framework for Design

Explore the various tools and templates to find out about the skillsets you need to form your dream team!

To download the above interview checklist and other types of templates, click here.


What are the grants available?

To help companies to adopt the use of Skills Framework for Design into their current Human Resource (HR) practices, here are some initiatives offered by Enterprise Singapore (ESG):

Enterprise Development Grant (EDG)

This grant supports projects that help companies upgrade their business, innovate or venture overseas under the following pillar:

Core capabilities: HR development i.e. beyond basic HR functions like payroll management
Innovation & Productivity: Automation and technology to make routine tasks efficient
Market access: For companies willing and ready to venture overseas

Up to 70% of consultancy, software, equipment and internal manpower cost

Productivity Solutions Grant (PSG)

This grant supports companies looking to kick-start their adoption of technology with pre-qualified IT solutions and equipment that enhances productivity:

To find out more information of the above grants, click here.

Be part of this movement. A design-empowered workforce makes the future better by design.

Join us at Skills Framework for Design Workshops! For more information of the workshops, click here.

For the official Media Release of Skills Framework for Design, click here

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