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SkillsFuture Singapore launches training programmes in eight priority and emerging skills areas

SkillsFuture Singapore launches training programmes in eight priority and emerging skills areas

SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) has launched a new SkillsFuture Series of training programmes in eight priority and emerging skills areas to help equip working adults with the skills required across different sectors. This was announced by Mr. Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Second Minister for Defence, at the launch of the Lifelong Learning Festival 2017.

SkillsFuture is a statutory body under the Ministry of Education which aims to facilitate continuous education and training, upgrading skills to keep up with the fast pace of technological advancements and increasing competition.

The SkillsFuture Series comprises more than 400 courses offered for immediate enrolment, anchored primarily by the Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs). With their deep knowledge base and reputation for high-quality training, the IHLs will take the lead in driving and expanding the range of training programmes in the SkillsFuture Series, complemented by courses offered by high-quality private training providers such as 3dsense and Singapore Media Academy.

There are plans to continually expand the course list by up to three-fold, in consultation with employers, industry partners and the Labour Movement.

As a start, the SkillsFuture Series will train 10,000 Singaporeans and will be ramped up over the next three years to benefit 50,000 Singaporeans annually in 2020.

Within each of the following eight areas, there will be a curated list of short and modular industry-relevant courses averaging 25 training hours.

To enable individuals to identify relevant courses based on their skills level and career needs, courses under the SkillsFuture Series are tiered across three proficiency levelsbasic, intermediate and advanced.

SSG will provide up to 70% course fee subsidy for Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents to ensure that the courses in the SkillsFuture Series are affordable.

With the subsidy, most of the basic level training programmes (80% of them) will cost less than $500. Singaporeans who qualify for enhanced subsidies, such as the Enhanced Training Support for SMEs or the SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy, will also continue to enjoy further subsidies of up to 90% of the course fees. At the 90% enhanced subsidy rate, about 85% of basic level courses will cost less than $200.  Additionally, SkillsFuture Credit can be used to offset the balance of the course fees. SSG expects to spend more than S$70 million over the first three years on the SkillsFuture Series.

The eight priority and emerging skills areas of the SkillsFuture Series draw reference from the Industry Transformation Maps (ITMs) and feedback from industry partners. (ITMs are being developed for 23 industries to address issues within each industry and deepen partnerships between Government, firms, industries, trade associations and chambers. The ITMs are grouped into 6 broad cluster: Manufacturing, Built environment, Trade & connectivity, Essential Domestic Services, Modern services and Lifestyle.)

1. Data analytics- Led by National University of Singapore (NUS)

Domain areas: Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT) (Applications and Platforms), Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, Data Mining, Data Visualisation and Coding)

Data analytics involves collecting, cleansing, transforming and modelling data, in order to discover useful information. Data and business analytics provide valuable insights to aid in decision-making.

2. Finance- Led by Singapore Management University (SMU)

Domain areas: Blockchain, FinTech, Asset Management, Wealth Management, Risk Management and Compliance

Finance covers the application of technologies in the design, delivery and governance of financial services. It includes the digitalisation of financial services and adoption of Fintech.

3. Tech-enabled services- Led by Republic Polytechnic and the Singapore University of Social Sciences

Domain areas: Electronic Technologies (e.g. web, epayment solutions), Geospatial Technology, Supply Chain Management, Security Systems, Digital Marketing.

Tech-Enabled Services focuses on the use of technology-based applications to transform services-related industries such as supply chain, retail, healthcare, professional and security services.

4. Digital media- Led by Nanyang Polytechnic (NP)

Domain areas: Immersive Media (Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality), Social Media, Interactive Media and Games Development

Digital Media covers the creation, broadcast, production, and use of digitised content, as well as digital communications.

5. Cybersecurity- Led by Temasek Polytechnic (TP) and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

Domain areas: Encryption Technologies, Cyber Intelligence and Cyber Risk Management, Cyber Incident Investigation, Cyber Compliance

Cybersecurity refers to measures and techniques to protect the integrity of data, computing devices and other systems from damage or theft and preventing disruption to the functionality of the systems. It includes encryption techniques, cyber-intelligence and the development of security control mechanisms to significantly reduce risks and vulnerabilities.

6. Entrepreneurship- Led by Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Domain areas: Start-Up, Technopreneurship, Financing, Platform Models, Business Models, Going Global, Product/Market Development, Sustainable Growth Entrepreneurship is the art of transforming an idea into a venture of value creation for market, through innovation and risk-taking. It covers financing options, goto-market
strategies, going global, and various aspects of business strategies and operations for sustainable growth.

7. Advanced manufacturing- Led by Singapore Polytechnic and Nanyang Technological University

Domain areas: Industrial Internet Of Things (IIOT), Additive Manufacturing, Robotics and Automation

Advanced Manufacturing involves the use of innovative and advanced technologies to improve products and processes by enhancing the cyberphysical integration of manufacturing. It involves digitalisation and automation through the use of devices, sensors and robotics for work processes. It also facilitates connectivity through the integration of information, computing and networking to improve manufacturing productivity, customisation, flexibility, predictability and performance.

8. Urban solutions- Led by Singapore Institute of Technology and Institute of Technical Education

Domain areas: Systems engineering, Sustainability Solutions, Autonomous Transport Solutions.

Urban Solutions describes solutions that are aimed at improving the quality of living through designing and building environmentally sustainable and liveable cities. These solutions include the development, implementation and maintenance of intelligent transport systems, smart cities and autonomous vehicles.

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As a Titanium Black Partner of Dell Technologies, CTC Global Singapore boasts unparalleled access to resources.

Established in 1972, we bring 52 years of experience to the table, solidifying our position as a leading IT solutions provider in Singapore. With over 300 qualified IT professionals, we are dedicated to delivering integrated solutions that empower your organization in key areas such as Automation & AI, Cyber Security, App Modernization & Data Analytics, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Renowned for our consulting expertise and delivering expert IT solutions, CTC Global Singapore has become the preferred IT outsourcing partner for businesses across Singapore.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and consulting services provider, helping clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,800 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently, and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity, and service. For more information, visit www.ibm.com