Singapore Government Launches New Initiative to Meet Skills Demand of the ICT Sector

October 31, 20161:13 pm418 views

To meet the ever-increasing skills demand of the growing Infocommunications Technology sector in the country, Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say announced couple of new initiatives to match skills with jobs and build capabilities in the sector. This initiative was announced at a career services event held last week for ICT professionals at the Lifelong Learning Institute.

Through this initiative, the Government and the Labour Movement aims to reach at least 1,200 professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs), Today Online reports. As of last year, there were about 20,000 ICT job vacancies, with 170,000-odd ICT professionals employed here.

One of the platforms as a part of this initiative is the TechSkills Accelerator Integrated Career Services (TeSA)  sees the Government, industry and the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) coordinate efforts to form a support network that includes career centres at the NTUC’s Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) and the sharing of resources to hold job fairs.

Individuals looking to avail of this service can register at physical touch points e2i career centres, the NTUC’s U PME Centre or Workforce Singapore.

The NTUC is also looking at joining forces with various other agencies to scale up professional conversion programmes and help workers, who have been handed pink slips to acquire new skills, upgrade themselves with industry knowledge and land new jobs quickly. Also individuals and job seekers with interest to advance in the ICT sector will be mentored by practitioners and veterans, under a new programme to tap into the expertise, knowledge and experience of these professionals.

The ICT sector is the first to benefit from the SkillsFuture Career Advisers Programme, which falls under the Government’s Adapt and Grow employment-support initiative. The programme will be rolled out progressively to other sectors.

As a part of the programme for the ICT sector, another initiative called the Singapore Computer Society (SCS) will be rolled out to see a network of more than 100 ICT veterans and experts volunteer as mentors.

Mr Lim called the new initiatives the most comprehensive and coordinated career-support systems launched to date at the event and said, this also meant overcoming the twin challenges of “mismatch” and “missed match.” Considering the accelerated pace of change, Lim said professionals find it harder to keep track of where and how to pursue their career. While the jobs are out there, job seekers find it difficult to find the right jobs that match their skillsets and this applies not just to newcomers but also professionals in the industry as well.

One of the IT professionals lauded the initiative to link job-seekers with career advisers through this platform. At the recently held Singapore infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF) annual gala dinner, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information said, “Over the next three years, Singapore’s infocomm manpower will add another 15,000 technical specialists to the 150,000 professionals today. The additional demand will come from the areas of cyber security, data analytics, development and network infrastructure.”

 

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