Singapore boosts IT training to fill 30,000 jobs by 2020

by L&D12 Apr 2016
The rising demand for jobs in Singapore’s information and communication’s technology (ICT) sector means that a lot more training will be needed for both current and future infocomm professionals.
Indeed, L&D Professional recently reported that the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) had forecasted that by 2017 another 15,000 specialists maybe required, as fields such as cyber security, data analytics and application development seek out more workers.
Now, to fill the 30,000 infocomm jobs anticipated by 2020, the government has set aside S$120 million over three years to expand current training schemes targeted at professionals and students.
At the moment, it is difficult to meet company needs for skilled manpower without non-Singaporeans entirely, according to the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) Yaacob Ibrahim.
“But we must do our best to support our Singaporeans to be highly skilled so that they can compete with global talent,” he was quoted as saying by Channel NewsAsia.
He added that they will focus on high demand jobs such as software development, data analytics, cybersecurity, and network & infrastructure.
As far as current working ICT professionals are concerned, the MCI will expand the Company-Led Training (CLT) to aid over 1,000 professional each year. This is up from 160.

“Mid-level professionals will now also benefit from local and overseas training and attachments to build expertise and competencies for jobs in demand, especially in emerging tech areas like cyber security and analytics,” said Yaacob.

He added that the IDA’s Critical Infocomm Technology Resource Programme (CITREP), which enables mid-level professionals to take up annual short courses and certifications will be expanded.
The idea is to help entry-level professionals to start acquiring skills early in their working lives.
Additionally, the IDA will improve its accelerated Tech Immersion and Placement initiatives, which provide fast training and job opportunities for people with no background in technology, yet are still interested in such a career.
The capacity for these programmes will be increased to support over 1,000 Singaporean trainees over the next three years. Moreover, these initiatives will particularly focus on those with science, technology, engineering and math backgrounds, added Yaacob.
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