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Thriving in the Digital Era: Singapore’s Approach to Education and Employment

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In a compelling address by Senior Minister of State for National Development, Tan Kiat How, the vision for Singapore’s digital future unfolds, with a focus on revolutionising education and employment through digital transformation. Amidst the launch of ForwardSG, Singapore’s strategic roadmap for progress, a defining pillar emerges – ushering in a new era of digital transformation in education and employment.

Spearheaded by the next generation of leaders, this agenda heralds a paradigm shift towards prioritising digital skills over traditional academic metrics, reflecting the evolving demands of the modern workforce.

Budget 2024 witnessed the unveiling of a suite of initiatives aimed at fortifying the nation’s digital workforce through reskilling and upskilling endeavours. Recognising the imperative of agility in response to technological disruptions, the government pledges support for diverse pathways to skills acquisition, fostering a culture of lifelong learning ingrained within Singapore’s social compact.

Central to this endeavour is the TechSkills Accelerator for ITE and Polytechnic Alliance (TIP Alliance), an innovative collaboration between government agencies, industry titans, and educational institutions. By leveraging cutting-edge technologies and immersive learning experiences, this alliance equips graduates with digital proficiencies tailored to meet industry demands, propelling them towards rewarding careers in technology-driven sectors.

Furthermore, the inception of the SkillsFuture Level-Up Programme marks a significant milestone in empowering mid-career professionals to navigate the digital landscape with confidence. Geared towards individuals aged 40 and above, this initiative offers comprehensive reskilling and upskilling opportunities, empowering them to thrive in an era defined by technological disruption.

Fueling this digital revolution is the advocacy for skills-based hiring practices, epitomised by the Skills-Based Hiring Handbook for Tech Roles. Championing meritocracy over conventional academic qualifications, this handbook underscores the industry’s recognition of the pivotal role played by digital competencies in driving organisational success. By embracing this progressive approach, companies unlock access to a diverse talent pool brimming with untapped potential, thereby fostering innovation and resilience in the face of digital disruption.

Yet, the transition towards a skills-driven economy necessitates robust mechanisms for verifying individuals’ digital credentials. Enter blockchain technology, a game-changer in the realm of credential authentication, exemplified by platforms like Accredify. By harnessing the power of blockchain, Accredify offers a secure and transparent ecosystem for validating digital certificates, eliminating inefficiencies inherent in traditional verification processes and instilling confidence in employers and educational institutions alike.

In a bid to foster regional collaboration, Singapore champions initiatives that harmonise digital credentials across borders, facilitating seamless talent mobility and knowledge exchange. By forging partnerships with entities like Accredify, Singapore leads the charge towards a future where digital skills transcend geographical boundaries, empowering individuals to thrive in an increasingly interconnected and tech-driven world.

As Singapore embarks on its digital transformation journey, the convergence of technology and education heralds a future brimming with boundless opportunities. Through strategic partnerships and pioneering initiatives, the nation paves the way for a generation of digitally savvy individuals poised to spearhead innovation and drive sustainable growth in the digital age.

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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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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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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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 business services provider. We help 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 3,000 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.