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Skills Framework for ICT launched in Singapore to guide and develop ICT professionals in the digital economy

Skills Framework for ICT launched in Singapore to guide and develop ICT professionals in the digital economy

Featured image (from left): Mr. Ng Cher Pong, Chief
Executive, SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for
Communications and Information (Guest-of-Honour), Mr. Tan Kiat How, Chief
Executive, Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Mr. Goh Eng Ghee,
Deputy Chief Executive, Workforce Singapore (WSG) at the official launch of the
Skills Framework for ICT. Photo: Dean Koh/OpenGov Asia.

Companies and individuals can now enjoy better access to the
skills and career pathways required for new, in-demand infocomm technology
(ICT) roles – including Chief Digital Officer, Data Scientist, Cyber Risk
Analyst, and more.

 The Skills Framework (SF) for ICT is a comprehensive guide
on the ICT skills and employment opportunities, and maps out the career
pathways across seven tracks [1]. It also covers 119 job roles and over 80
existing and emerging skills within the ICT sector, and across other industry
domains such as retail, logistics, finance and healthcare.

The SF for ICT empowers companies and individuals to
self-help and benefit from a common, national skills and career planning
resource to identify and acquire the necessary ICT skills, and stay plugged
into the latest programmes available for career development, reaping the
benefits of Singapore’s digital economy.

“Singapore is on the cusp of an exciting digital
transformation and there are many opportunities in the Infocomm Media sector.
The Skills Framework for Infocomm Technology is an important collaboration by
the government and industry to help our companies and workers deepen digital
capabilities and to pick up new skills to stay relevant. Workers from other
sectors can also leverage the Skills Framework to acquire the right infocomm
skills needed to participate in an increasingly digitalised economy,” said Mr.
Tan Kiat How, Chief Executive of IMDA.

The SF for ICT will also boost companies’ efforts in
attracting, retaining and developing ICT talents by using the detailed skills
information in the framework to design human resource management and talent
development plans. Individuals who wish to build their career in ICT can refer
to this framework to identify opportunities in education and training, and plan
their ICT career development across the various sectors.

Launch of SF for ICT, a SkillsFuture Initiative in Support
of TechSkills Accelerator

Launched by Minister for Communications and Information, Dr.
Yaacob Ibrahim (above photo) today, the SF for ICT is jointly developed by the Infocomm Media
Development Authority (IMDA), SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and Workforce
Singapore (WSG), through extensive consultation with over 150 industry leaders
from various organisations, industry associations, training providers and
unions. The SF for ICT is a SkillsFuture initiative, in support of TechSkills
Accelerator (TeSA),
and will help individuals and companies develop a skilled ICT talent pipeline
to seize opportunities in the digital economy.

Last week, Minister Ibrahim launched the ICM
Industry Transformation Map
, which detailed the plans to transform the ICM
for Singapore’s future economy. 

Mr. Ng Cher Pong, Chief Executive of SSG said, “The Skills
Framework for ICT is an integral part of the Industry Transformation Map for
Infocomm Media. It sets out the manpower and skills development strategies for
the sector. SSG, IMDA and WSG, together with industry stakeholders, have
developed the Skills Framework for ICT to capture the evolving technology and
industry trends, and in particular, the impact on jobs and skills. It will be a
“living document” that we expect to update regularly in order to keep pace with
changes in this industry.” 

Early Adopters of SF for ICT

At the launch, 11 companies (see above group photo) were recognised for their early adoption of the SF
for ICT. These companies comprise multinational companies, large and small
medium enterprises, and public sector agencies, in alphabetical order;
Accenture, Aptiv8, Cyber Security Agency, DBS Bank, GovTech, Integrated Health
Information Systems (IHiS), i-SPRINT, PSA Corporation, Quann, Singtel and
UrbanFox. As a pilot, these early adopters will align some of their ICT job
roles or job functions to the SF for ICT, to improve their talent attraction
and development capabilities.

Organisations interested in adopting the SF for ICT as part
of their workplace transformation can tap on the consultancy advice offered by
Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) under the SAPPHIRE initiative.
WSG will subsidise 70% of the consultancy fee which will cover up to 100 hours
of consultancy advice.

As technology trends and skills continue to evolve, the SF
for ICT can support Singapore’s companies and professionals in their pursuit of
ICT skills and competencies for their desired job roles, and optimise career
pathway mapping to meet the demands of Singapore’s fast- moving digital
landscape.

For more details of the framework, please visit www.imtalent.sg/SFforICT.

[1] The Skills Framework for ICT maps out the recommended
skills and competencies for job roles across seven tracks comprising: Security,
Support, Infrastructure, Data, Professional Services, Software and
Applications, and Sales and Marketing.