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More support for mid-career jobseekers to restart ICT career

7 companies collaborate with Government to train and immerse mid-career jobseekers aged 40 years and above to work in dynamic environments 

SINGAPORE – 25 October, 2017: Mid-career infocomm technology (ICT) jobseekers aged 40 years and above can now have more opportunities to experience industry projects and the dynamic working environment of high-growth companies through the TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) programme.

Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information, Dr Janil Puthucheary today announced there will be more support for mid-career jobseekers at the Tech Hirers Connect forum, which targets to raise awareness of best practices for talent acquisition and development of a skilled ICT workforce. The forum was attended by key hirers of companies and industry partners. Second Minister for Manpower, Mrs Josephine Teo, also attended the event as a Special Guest in recognition of the efforts to boost manpower development in the Infocomm sector.

Through the TeSA pilot immersion programme, 7 high-growth tech start-ups and small medium enterprises (SMEs) are opening their doors to mid-career jobseekers, offering them the opportunity to work on short-term projects, while allowing them to immerse and adapt to the fast-paced and dynamic work environments. Mid-career jobseekers will have the chance to work in sectors including retail e-commerce, real estate, logistics services, artificial intelligence, clean technology and more. The 7 companies on-board include EverComm, PropertyGuru, Sea, Shopee, Taiger, Trakomatic, and Zalora.

Companies can also widen their talent pool and allow experienced professionals with domain or tech knowledge to transit into new roles in tech companies. 30 roles will be made available under the project-based stints for business development, product management, software development to network or system engineering, over the course of 3- to 6-months with the companies.

“Singapore’s drive to be a vibrant digital economy will create new and exciting opportunities for everyone. This includes companies of all sizes, and tech professionals – regardless of their age. IMDA is pleased to partner WSG and industry partners to help companies and professionals seize growth opportunities through continuous upgrading of their technology skills,” said Mr Tan Kiat How, Chief Executive of Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).

Jointly developed by IMDA and Workforce Singapore (WSG), the TeSA pilot immersion programme will enable progressive tech companies to expand their hiring pipeline beyond conventional talent pool and tap on mid-career professionals who hone a great deal of working experience.

Mr Tan Choon Shian, Chief Executive of Workforce Singapore (WSG) said, “Mid-career PMETs are a valuable talent source, and companies should actively harness the experience and knowledge of this group to address their manpower and recruitment needs. Employers and younger workers can benefit from their wealth of experience, business acumen and networks. WSG is pleased to partner IMDA and SiTF to help employers tap on this source of experienced workforce.”

With the commitment from the participating companies, the common goal is to provide more opportunities for eligible mid-career PMETs to be immersed in a self-driven environment, gain experience, and expand their professional network, so that they can keep up with the changes in the dynamic digital economy. Through the experience gained, mid-career PMETs will be able to enhance their portfolio, which aims to improve employability across the various sectors.

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