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New software development training programme targeted at individuals from non-ICT backgrounds launched under IMDA’s TeSA initiative

A new programme for individuals who wish to enter or switch their career path to become a software developer is being launched under the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) under the TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) initiative. This programme, called ThoughtWorks Jumpstart!, is targeted primarily at individuals from non-ICT backgrounds, especially those from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields, but with foundational programming knowledge and a passion for seeking a career as a software developer using the agile methodology.   

TeSA is a tripartite initiative between the Singapore government, industry and the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), to build and develop a skilled Information and Communications Technology (ICT) workforce for the Singapore economy, and to enhance employability outcomes for individuals. As of November 2017, TeSA has enabled more than 16,000 ICT professionals to up-skill and re-skill themselves.

The three-month Programme, which includes intensive coaching and mentorship, aims to equip individuals with the critical skills to build software using an agile approach and is taught by experienced technologists from ThoughtWorks, a global software development and digital transformation consultancy and a leader in lean and agile software development. This programme is a two-year collaboration between ThoughtWorks and IMDA.

The Programme will provide individuals with both software development skillset acquisition and hands-on project experience working alongside seasoned professionals, through a three-phased development approach.  Each class will have up to 20 trainees to ensure close guidance and mentoring. The small trainee-to-trainer class format will allow participants to leverage the expertise of the ThoughtWorks instructors who will work with them on projects to optimise learning potential and mastering of a specialised skillset in software development and agile delivery.  

The curriculum will cover key foundational elements, agile software delivery approach and hands-on project training. By the end of the programme, participants will be equipped with the software engineering skills and relevant industry experience.

The new programme will commence on 26th February 2018 in Singapore Qualified applicants of Jumpstart! may be eligible for course fee support and will have the opportunity to kick-start a career in tech upon completion of the course. ThoughtWorks will be working with recruitment specialist, 33Talent, who will help facilitate placement opportunities within their industry network.

“The rapid digitalisation of Singapore’s economy is projected to create more than 42,000 infocomm technology (ICT) jobs over the next three years.  We are glad that industry partners, such as ThoughtWorks, are joining IMDA on this journey to train and nurture a strong pool of ICT professionals and equip our people with the skills to seize these exciting new career opportunities,” said Ms. Angeline Poh, Assistant Chief Executive, Industry Development, IMDA. 

“Singapore is not alone in facing a shortage of IT talent. We believe that we have a responsibility to help grow and nurture the tech talent pool in Singapore,” said Jessie Xia, Managing Director at ThoughtWorks. “As a company that is passionate about using software and technology for positive social change, I am proud that ThoughtWorks is taking action to narrow the skills gap in software development and agile delivery expertise. We are confident that the ThoughtWorks Jumpstart! programme will offer more people a specialised skillset, giving them a head start in building sustainable tech careers.”

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