IMDA looks to IBM to trains Singaporeans in emerging tech areas

Aims to meet the demand for technology consulting and deep technical skills.

Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has turned to IBM to hire and train 300 Singaporean professionals over the next four years in emerging tech areas.

They will be trained under the TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) Company-Led Training programme and the TeSA Mid-Career Advance programme, for roles such as Digital Consultants, Big Data Engineers, Data Scientists, Cloud Architects, UX Designers and Full-Stack Digital Developers, in support of the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package, said Minister for Communications and Information S Iswaran.

The COVID-19 pandemic has provided the impetus for companies to accelerate their digital transformation. IBM’s “Future-Ready Intelligent Digital Workforce Programme”, when implemented, aims to meet the demand for technology consulting and deep technical skills needed to support the acceleration of digital transformation across all industries.

The Programme welcomes a diversity of talent with relevant skills and knowledge base and provide them with opportunities to deepen their digital skills, technical expertise and hands-on practical experience. 240 Singaporean professionals will be under the TeSA Company-Led Training programme, and an additional 60 Singaporean mid-career professionals will join under the TeSA Mid-Career Advance programme. These participants will range from fresh graduates to professionals in later stages of their careers.

The Programme emphasises continual learning and participants will be expected to keep up-to-date with their skills development through a variety of activities – such as self-paced online learning modules or instructor-led workshops – and qualify for specific certifications depending on their roles.

Programme participants will undergo intense, immersive exposure to emerging technologies such as AI, Advanced Analytics, Blockchain, Cloud, Cyber Security and IOT, and will be given opportunities to build technical skills through hands-on training. New hires will be assigned to work with cross-functional local, regional, and global teams in a variety of projects, to gain practical experience. There will be a focus on industry transformation, business reinvention, and delivering tangible business outcomes quickly, especially in an environment of uncertainty and charting the “new normal” post-COVID.





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