IMDA partners IBM to create 300 tech jobs in Singapore

IBM has partnered Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) to hire and train 300 Singaporean professionals over the next four years in emerging tech areas.

They will be trained for roles such as Digital Consultants, Big Data Engineers, Data Scientists, Cloud Architects, UX Designers and Full-Stack Digital Developers. 

The initiative is part of IBM’s “Future-Ready Intelligent Digital Workforce Programme”, in support of the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package. 

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Photo courtesy: unsplash

240 Singaporean professionals will be under the TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) Company-Led Training programme, and an additional 60 Singaporean mid-career professionals will join under the TeSA Mid-Career Advance programme.

These participants will range from fresh graduates to professionals in later stages of their careers, according to a joint press statement by IBM, IMDA and Digital Industry Singapore (DISG).

They will undergo intense, immersive exposure to emerging technologies such as AI, Advanced Analytics, Blockchain, Cloud, Cyber Security and IOT. The participants will also be given opportunities to build technical skills through hands-on training.

IMDA Assistant Chief Executive and EDB Executive Vice President, Kiren Kumar. Photo courtesy: EDB
IMDA Assistant Chief Executive and EDB Executive Vice President, Kiren Kumar. Photo courtesy: EDB

New hires will be assigned to work with crossfunctional local, regional, and global teams in a variety of projects, to gain practical experience. 

“As we push forward with our national digitalisation movement, the ICT sector continues to hold promise for job creation. It remains important to provide opportunities for our professionals to build the necessary skills for tech jobs that power the sector,” said IMDA Assistant Chief Executive and EDB Executive Vice President, Kiren Kumar. 

"IMDA’s and DISG’s collaboration with IBM, to help 300 Singaporeans acquire advanced tech skills, is part of our investment in a pipeline of local tech talent as we make a decisive push for digital transformation in our country, so that Singaporeans can continue to do well."

Commenting on the initiative, Hui Li Lee, Managing Partner, GBS ASEAN, IBM Services, said, “IBM is delighted to partner with IMDA and DISG to fulfil our clients’ demand for deep digital and technical skills and also to support Singapore’s nation building efforts to uplift the overall local talent pool."