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HELP TO DEVELOP WORK SKILLS

Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam used Mr Edwin Neo as an example of someone who is passionate about developing his craft.

A major initiative of Budget 2015 is SkillsFuture, which aims to support Singaporeans who want to develop deeper skills in particular fields.

A total of 2,000 SkillsFuture Study Awards and 100 SkillsFuture Fellowships will be given out a year, especially to those who want to progress in Singapore's growth clusters, which include advanced manufacturing and applied health sciences.

But DPM Tharman added that the Government is open to supporting other industries as well.

Perhaps even shoemaking.

He praised Mr Neo: "He is doing well... selling both ready-to-wear shoes and upmarket bespoke creations. Not cheap, by the way."