· #GetReadySG is the first public-private sector collaboration with a leading technology company and a global non-profit organisation to bridge holistic training in both hard and soft skills with employment
· The collaboration will provide tech jobseekers greater diversity of career choices with different hirers and ensure that they are well-equipped for employment
Microsoft and Generation1 are partnering Digital Industry Singapore (DISG), Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) to upskill, place, and fill demand for tech-enabled jobs for up to 1,000 Singaporeans as part of the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package.
Titled #GetReadySG, the national skills initiative was launched today by Guest-of-Honour Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Communications and Information, and Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations, at Microsoft’s 30th anniversary celebrations in Singapore.
Through #GetReadySG’s unique partnership model, Generation will become the bridge between leading tech company Microsoft – who will guide industry relevant training – and Microsoft’s rich ecosystem of customer and partner companies who need to hire skilled tech manpower.
The partnership model has the potential to quickly scale to more tech ecosystems by leveraging end-to-end programme managers like Generation to take on an integrated central role of vocational training and job placement services for them. This will make it easier for other leading companies to participate in similar efforts, ultimately providing opportunities to more jobseekers and offering them greater diversity of hiring company choices across different networks.
Equipping job seekers with relevant skills for the future of work
Targeted at fresh graduates and mid-career Singaporeans, #GetReadySG – which will run over a two year period – aims to equip participants with in-demand tech skills such as Java and Python programming language – all of which are top trending skills identified in LinkedIn’s Economic Graph.
#GetReadySG currently has two programmes, which include:
(i) TechSkills Accelerator’s (TeSA) Company-Led Training, hire and train programme, in partnership with IMDA
Up to 300 Singaporeans who enrol and get selected by Generation and participating employers will:
· Be offered a salaried employment position to undergo a 9-month training programme
· Be trained in in-demand job roles such as Full Stack Developer, Data Engineer/Analyst, Cloud Support and DevOps Practitioner
· Gain industry recognised Microsoft certifications over the course of the training
· Gain opportunities to work with a selection of Microsoft customer and partner companies on live projects, apply the skills learned and pick up new specific tech skills
· Get experienced mentorship guidance in relevant fields to help adjust to the work and plan for post-job searching
Registration for #GetReadySG’s TeSA Company-Led Training programme is expected to open in January 2021.
(ii) SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme – Company Training
Microsoft, together with Generation, SSG and Temasek Polytechnic (TP), will roll-out three new courses under the SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme – Company Training, which will train participants in job roles of Junior Full-Stack Developer, Cloud Support and DevOps, as well as Business Intelligence and Data Analyst.
Participants will undergo a 9-month full-time programme that comprises a blended learning bootcamp, and an opportunity to work in a structured apprenticeship with a Microsoft partner or customer. This will be facilitated by Microsoft and Generation, and supported by Temasek Polytechnic – the first Institute of Higher Learning to come onboard this initiative.
These courses will equip mid-career jobseekers with in-demand tech skills to allow them to pivot to new career opportunities in tech-related roles in growth sectors. The course structures are aligned to pre-defined core learning objectives for specific job roles within companies in Microsoft’s customer and partner network. Trainees will also be given access to Microsoft’s tools and platforms – including content from Microsoft Learn modules and LinkedIn Learning.
At the end of the programme, Microsoft and Generation will assist participants to access job placement opportunities with Microsoft’s customer and partner companies.
Eligible trainees will receive a monthly training allowance of $1,500. Registration will begin in mid-December 2020, and participants can use their SkillsFuture Credit to defray the nett fee payable for the courses.
Besides the SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme, more training programmes with placement opportunities will also be introduced progressively over the next two years. In total, up to 700 mid-career professionals are expected to benefit from these training programmes.
At least 20 of Microsoft’s hiring partners will be onboarded onto #GetReadySG by September 2021. To date, companies within Microsoft’s customer and partner network such as IT solution providers (AsiaPac, Avepoint, NTT Data, NTT Singapore and Taiger Global) as well as companies in service and end-user sectors (Certis, ComfortDelGro and Standard Chartered Bank) have confirmed their participation. These employers will offer training and job placement opportunities for participants.
In addition, LinkedIn, Generation and Microsoft will also work with employers to offer mentorship in the form of emotional support and career coaching as part of #GetReadySG, to help job seekers assimilate into the workplace and navigate challenges. For example, the LinkedIn Coaches programme aims to equip jobseekers facing barriers with soft skills such as interview, networking and communication skills to help participants integrate into their roles through career guidance and mentorship.
Helping employers enhance capabilities and build pipelines
Apart from skills training for individuals, Microsoft will also be partnering SSG as part of the SkillsFuture Queen Bee programme. For this partnership, Microsoft will enhance workplace learning practices among its ecosystem of partners and customers, and help them equip their workforce with critical, industry-relevant skills. With SSG’s support, Microsoft will hire a Skills Manager to engage its network of SME partners to identify common skills gaps and develop customised learning solutions and interventions. The partnership is expected to last over a period of 12 months and benefit at least 30 SMEs.
Mr Kevin Wo, Managing Director, Microsoft Singapore, said: “In our 30 years of operation here, Microsoft has been committed to enabling future-ready skills and talent for the digital economy. We see this as our responsibility as a technology and industry leader, and have adopted it as one of our national aspirations as we look to create economic opportunities and societal impact in the Singapore market. COVID-19 has accelerated the need for these upskilling efforts – hence it is more important than ever that we embark on this national skills initiative. What makes #GetReadySG different from other skilling programmes is that it brings together the best of what Microsoft, IMDA, SSG, DISG and Generation have to offer in terms of resources, expertise and technical knowledge. Participants will not only receive all-rounded training for hard and soft skills, but also mentorship and guidance in securing job placements.”
Mr Lew Chuen Hong, Chief Executive of IMDA, said, “IMDA, through our TeSA initiative, is always innovating with our industry partners, to train highly-skilled Singaporeans for the many exciting jobs in the ICT domain. We thank Microsoft for bringing together its partner firms to hire across its entire software ecosystem, and also to Generation for its unique training model that imparts not just the hard skills such as cloud architecture and data analytics engineering but also inculcates important soft skills such as cross-cultural teamwork and communication. This will enable Singaporeans to better seize the exciting opportunities across our growing digital economy.”
Mr Ong Tze Ch’in, Chief Executive of SSG, said: “SkillsFuture Singapore is happy to partner Microsoft, which is one of the leading companies in the industry, to equip trainees with industry-relevant skills and to boost their employability. We are also very happy to have Microsoft come on board as a SkillsFuture Queen Bee. This will help SMEs strengthen their capabilities and to help drive up employer participation in the development of their workforce.”
Mr Prateek Hegde, CEO Generation Singapore & COO Generation APAC, said: “We continue to hear from companies that it is difficult to find the right tech talent, while jobseekers continue to report on barriers to employment – such as lack of specific domain skills and relevant certifications. This programme is designed to effectively bridge this gap and help more Singaporeans who require such support to launch their careers in tech-enabled roles. While our primary commitment is to serve jobseekers in need, we recognise that the entire tech industry ecosystem can benefit from having access to a highly skilled talent pool. Generation is thrilled to be co-creating an initiative which aims to do just that, working alongside Microsoft and the Singapore government."
Ms Charlotte Thng, Head of HR, Singapore, Australia and ASA Cluster Markets, Standard Chartered Bank, said: “We are proud to be part of the #GetReadySG initiative, working closely with the government and industry partners such as Microsoft, IMDA, SSG and Generation to nurture a pipeline of homegrown techno-bankers for the future – especially in areas including Cyber, Data Solutions, Digital Banking, Analytics, Cloud, AI Architect, API, and DevOps. This is very much aligned to our commitment as a Significantly Rooted Foreign Bank in Singapore to invest for growth, continuously reskill our workforce and build a strong Singapore Core to ensure future competitiveness.”
For details on TeSA Company-Led Training programme, go to go.gov.sg/tesaclt
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