Skills Framework for Design

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What Is it?

The Skills Framework (SFw) is a SkillsFuture initiative developed for the Singapore workforce to promote skills mastery and lifelong learning, and is an integral component of the Professional Services Industry Transformation Plan.

Jointly developed by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), Workforce Singapore (WSG), and Design Singapore Council (Dsg), together with industry associations, training providers, organisations and unions, the Skills Framework for Design provides useful information on:


  • Sector information;

  • Career pathways;

  • Occupations and job roles;

  • Existing and emerging skills; and

  • Training programmes for skills upgrading and mastery.

Who Is It For?

Individuals who wish to join or progress within the Design sector, to assess their career interest, identify relevant training programmes to upgrade their skills and prepare for the desired job roles.

Employers will be able to recognise these skills and invest in training their employees for career development and skills upgrading.

Training providers can gain insights on sector trends, existing and emerging skills that are in demand, and design programmes to address the industry needs accordingly.

How Does It Work?

The SFw for Design contains information on trends, career pathways, occupations, job roles, skills and competencies and training programmes.

(i) Sector Information

This section provides information on the SFw for Design, including information on trends and workforce profiles in the sector.

Click here (PDF, 4.32 MB) to download the Guide to Occupations and Skills for the SFw for Design.

(ii) Career Pathways

The Career Pathways show the possible options for vertical and lateral progression for advancement and growth. Four (4) tracks, (i) Design, (ii) Business, (iii) Innovation and (iv) Technology, which encompass 25 job roles.

Click to download the Career Pathways for the Design sector. [PDF (PDF, 465 KB)]


(iii) Skills Map

The Skills Maps covers a total of 25 job roles, critical work functions, key tasks and skills and competencies aligned to the four tracks.

(a) View the Occupations/Job Roles under the SFw for Design

Click on the tracks listed below to download the Skills Map for each track.






(iv) Skills and Competencies

The Skills and Competencies identified for each of the job roles fall under two broad classifications: (i) Technical Skills and Competencies, and (ii) Critical Core Skills (previously known as Generic Skills and Competencies).

(a) View the Technical Skills and Competencies for the SFw for Design

Technical Skills and Competencies comprise occupation/job-specific knowledge, skills and abilities that a person needs to have to perform the various tasks.

Click on the following link to download the Overview of Technical Skills and Competencies for the SFw for Design. [PDF (PDF, 2.52 MB)]

Click here (ZIP, 15.75 MB) to download all Technical Skills and Competencies for the SFw for Design.

Analytical Thinking

Business Development

Business Strategy

Corporate Governance and Policies


Design Communication

General Management

Stakeholder and Contract Management

Technical Craft

(b) View the Critical Core Skills (previously known as Generic Skills and Competencies) for the SFw for Design

Each job role in every Skills Framework developed has Generic Skills and Competencies (GSCs) identified. The GSCs are employability/transferable skills and competencies.


An industry review of the GSCs was conducted in 2019, culminating in the creation of the Critical Core Skills (CCS). Visit this link to access information about the CCS. Users of the Skills Framework can also locate the GSC-to-CCS mapping document and advisory there.

(v) Training Programmes

The Training Programmes provide information on skills acquisition that are available for new entrants and in-service personnel to acquire skills and competencies required for various job roles in the Design sector.


(a) View the Training Programmes for new entrants

These are programmes that equip new entrants with skills and knowledge for the specific job role in the sector at their respective entry level.

Click on the tracks below to download the respective training programme for each job role. 

  • Design [PDF (PDF, 419.04 KB)/Word (DOCX, 26.61 KB)]
  • Business [PDF (PDF, 385.27 KB)/Word (DOCX, 19.52 KB)]
  • Innovation [PDF (PDF, 387.94 KB)/Word (DOCX, 19.46 KB)]
  • Technology [PDF (PDF, 360.55 KB)/Word (DOCX, 17.75 KB)]

    (b) View the Training Programmes for in-service employees

    For in-service employees who work in the Design sector and who aspire to take on more challenging roles at work, you can identify and enrol in the training programmes listed here to acquire the relevant skills.






    (c) View the Training Programmes for Critical Core Skills (previously known as Generic Skills and Competencies or GSCs)

    These are programmes through which individuals can acquire the Critical Core Skills (CCS), which are transferable and can be applied across sectors. The CCS facilitate employability by supporting individuals in acquiring relevant Technical Skills and Competencies (TSCs) for various job roles in different sectors. Please visit this link to access the list of CCS training programmes offered by the Institutes of Higher Learning.


    For more information on Training Programmes, please visit the respective training providers’ websites or

    Skills Framework Templates


    This section helps users to populate Skills Framework content into editable Microsoft Word templates.

    Step 1: Select template(s)

    Step 2: Select Occupation(s)/Job Role(s)

    Step 3: Click HERE to Download

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      We encourage enterprises that are keen to learn how Skills Framework can enhance their Human Resource practices to sign up for the Skills Framework Workshop.


      HOW you will benefit

      • Understand the intent and purpose of the Skills Framework
      • Comprehend the components of the Skills Framework
      • Enhance HR practices in the areas of talent attraction, performance and career management, learning and development through the Skills Framework
      • Adopt the Skills Framework to improve people strategy and business outcomes


      WHO should attend

      • HR practitioners who: 
        • Develop strategic HR policies and processes
        • Develop in-house workplace learning tools and platforms
        • Review strategic alignment between corporate vision and human capabilities
      • Line managers and leaders who develop and deploy performance support tools


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