Tech training in Singapore is important, especially when technology continues to disrupt almost every sector and industry. As a global business leader and perhaps an AI or technology optimist, we must ask what will make a career sustainable in 2020 and beyond.
Several management staff whom IndSights Research spoke to, shared that the workforce of the future will rely on complementary skill sets – consisting both of university/polytechnic learning and vocational training. Business leaders will need to include vocational training opportunities available within their companies. Technical training may not only be the right fit for some employees, but it may also be the smart alternative as jobs continue to shift.
Employers need to offer re-skilling and training programs in a way and scale that is real and accessible to employees. Employees must feel and understand that these training programs offer them an opportunity for career growth.
Studies after studies have shown that businesses are not keeping pace with workers’ desires to learn, especially in AI. It is imperative for Singapore to build a nationwide, future-oriented workforce founded on sustainable careers, to provide jobs to meet the growing demand of tech-related jobs.
In Oct 2019, it was announced that companies looking to boost their digitalisation efforts will be able to benefit from three new programmes offered by the Singapore Business Federation and the Institute of Systems Science at National University of Singapore (NUS-ISS), collectively targeting workers across all levels of a business.
Business owners can sign up for the Digital Competency Roadmap, aimed at equipping them with the mindset and know-how to map out an effective digitalisation strategy for their companies. Executives who wish to take their classroom learning further can take up the Professional Diploma in Digitalisation, while Skills for Transformation is targeted at companies who already know what their digital transformation will be like. Expected to start early 2020, SkillsFuture subsidies will offset programme costs by up to 90% for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and 70% for non-SMEs.
(Taken from IMDA’s website)
Singapore aims to be a forerunner in the ICT sector and there are many initiatives to help businesses build their workers’ capability. One such initiative is the TeSA programme aimed primarily at supporting the ICT industry.
Announced in the 2016 Budget, TeSA is a tripartite initiative by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), industry and the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), to build and develop a skilled Information and Communications Technology (ICT) workforce for the Singapore economy, and to enhance employability outcomes for individuals.
The Skills Framework for ICT is aimed at helping a wide range of ICT professionals. It can be used by hirers to develop career maps and articulate job requirements. Individuals can use it to guide their skills identification and development to stay relevant.
Training providers may use it to devise ICT courses. The framework will support emerging areas such as cyber security, Internet of Things, immersive media, artificial intelligence and data analytics.
A broad-based approach to skills development is taken to enable individuals to up-skill or deepen their knowledge to fill industry gaps. A targeted approach is taken with companies, coding schools, Continuing Education and Training (CET) and other partners to provide eligible individuals various pathways to join the ICT profession, upskill and reskill themselves. These programmes include:
This is a coordinated career support ecosystem for job matching, group mentoring and leadership programmes by tripartite partners such as NTUC, e2i, Singapore Computer Society, IMDA and Workforce Singapore. It provides dedicated and focused career advisory, facilitation and support services for those looking to join or develop their careers in ICT, through career fairs, centres with career coaches, and advice from experienced ICT professionals.
From our TeSA poll in 2019, IndSights Research found that overall awareness of TeSA is only at 12%. Certainly, more can be done to share how local businesses can benefit from these initiatives. Besides the TeSA programme, there are various other initiatives to aid training for employers and employees. Some other resources you might be interested to explore: