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Digital preparedness initiatives for North East Singapore

A new initiative has been launched to ensure that residents in the North East district are well prepared for digital disruption and changes to the economy.

The North East Community Development Council (CDC) has introduced this “The Get Ready” package to combine services of different agencies in the aims of offering assistance in the areas of employment, employability and upskilling. It is aimed at residents who are in their late 50s or older.

These agencies include the People’s Association (PA), the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i), SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and Workforce Singapore (WSG).

The initiative was launched at the one-day “Get Up” event on July 28, 2019.

Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth Mr Baey Yam Keng said that the workforce must constantly upgrade their skills and knowledge with continuous learning, to stay be able to keep up with the changes.

“Everyone must remain adaptable and agile to disruptions coming their way, and embrace these changes,” she said.

This initiative has been made available to all Singapore citizens and permanent residents living in the North East district. The package can be signed up for at five job placement centres in job placement centres located around in the district.

“Experienced career coaches will be deployed onsite to assist residents in a comprehensive assessment on their employability status and training needs,” said the North East CDC. It added that residents who need more assistance will be provided with complimentary training, job referrals and employability workshops.

The package includes 23 SkillsFuture courses such as entrepreneurship, photo-editing and robotic process automation.

In an earlier OpenGov article, we reported that SSG had launched a new SkillsFuture series of training programmes in eight priority and emerging skills areas to assist in equipping working adults with the skills required across different sectors. Some of these skills include:

  1. Data analytics: Comprising of Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT) (Applications and Platforms), Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, Data Mining, Data Visualisation and Coding)
  2. Finance: Comprising of Blockchain, FinTech, Asset Management, Wealth Management, Risk Management and Compliance
  3. Tech-enable services: Comprising of Electronic Technologies (e.g. web, epayment solutions), Geospatial Technology, Supply Chain Management, Security Systems, Digital Marketing
  4. Digital media: Comprising of Immersive Media (Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality), Social Media, Interactive Media and Games Development
  5. Cybersecurity: Comprising of Encryption Technologies, Cyber Intelligence and Cyber Risk Management, Cyber Incident Investigation, Cyber Compliance
  6. Entrepreneurship: Comprising of Start-Up, Technopreneurship, Financing, Platform Models, Business Models, Going Global, Product/Market Development, Sustainable Growth
  7. Advanced manufacturing: Comprising of Industrial Internet Of Things (IIOT), Additive Manufacturing, Robotics and Automation
  8. Urban solutions: Systems engineering, Sustainability Solutions, Autonomous Transport Solutions


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