SkillsFuture Singapore launches training programmes in eight priority and emerging skills areas

SkillsFuture Singapore launches training programmes in eight priority and emerging skills areas

SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)
has launched
a new SkillsFuture Series of training programmes in eight priority and emerging
skills areas to help equip working adults with the skills required across
different sectors.  This was announced by Mr. Ong Ye Kung, Minister for
Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Second Minister for Defence, at the
launch of the Lifelong Learning Festival 2017.

is a statutory body under the Ministry of Education which aims to facilitate
continuous education and training, upgrading skills to keep up with the fast
pace of technological advancements and increasing competition.

The SkillsFuture
Series comprises more than 400 courses offered for immediate enrolment, anchored
primarily by the Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs). With their deep
knowledge base and reputation for high-quality training, the IHLs will take the
lead in driving and expanding the range of training programmes in the
SkillsFuture Series, complemented by courses offered by high-quality private
training providers such as 3dsense and Singapore Media Academy.

There are plans to
continually expand the course list by up to three-fold, in consultation with
employers, industry partners and the Labour Movement.

As a start, the SkillsFuture
Series will train 10,000 Singaporeans and will be ramped up over the next three
years to benefit 50,000 Singaporeans annually in 2020.  

Within each of the following
eight areas, there will be a curated list of short and modular
industry-relevant courses averaging 25 training hours.  

To enable individuals to identify relevant
courses based on their skills level and career needs, courses under the
SkillsFuture Series are tiered across three
proficiency levels
intermediate and advanced

SSG will provide up to 70% course fee subsidy for Singapore Citizens and
Singapore Permanent Residents to ensure that the courses in the SkillsFuture
Series are affordable.  

With the subsidy, most of the basic level training
programmes (80% of them) will cost less than $500. Singaporeans who qualify for
enhanced subsidies, such as the Enhanced Training Support for SMEs or the
SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy, will also continue to enjoy further
subsidies of up to 90% of the course fees. At the 90% enhanced subsidy rate, about
85% of basic level courses will cost less than $200.  Additionally,
SkillsFuture Credit can be used to offset the balance of the course fees. 
SSG expects to spend more than S$70 million over the first three years on the
SkillsFuture Series. 

 The eight
priority and emerging skills areas
of the SkillsFuture Series draw
reference from the Industry Transformation Maps (ITMs) and
feedback from industry partners. (ITMs are being developed for 23 industries to address issues within each industry and deepen partnerships between Government, firms, industries, trade associations and chambers. The ITMs are grouped into 6 broad cluster: Manufacturing, Built environment, Trade & connectivity, Essential Domestic Services, Modern services and Lifestyle.)

1. Data analytics- Led by National
University of Singapore (NUS)

Domain areas: Artificial
Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT) (Applications and Platforms), Machine
Learning, Cloud Computing, Data Mining, Data Visualisation and Coding)

Data analytics involves
collecting, cleansing, transforming and modelling data, in order to discover
useful information. Data and business analytics provide valuable insights to
aid in decision-making.

2. Finance- Led by
Singapore Management University (SMU)

Domain areas: Blockchain,
FinTech, Asset Management, Wealth Management, Risk Management and Compliance

Finance covers the application of technologies in the
design, delivery and governance of financial services. It includes the
digitalisation of financial services and adoption of Fintech.

3. Tech-enabled
services- Led by Republic Polytechnic and the Singapore University of Social

Domain areas: Electronic Technologies (e.g. web, epayment
solutions), Geospatial Technology, Supply Chain Management, Security Systems,
Digital Marketing.

Tech-Enabled Services
focuses on the use of technology-based applications to transform
services-related industries such as supply chain, retail, healthcare,
professional and security services.

4. Digital media- Led by Nanyang Polytechnic (NP)

Domain areas: Immersive
Media (Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality), Social Media, Interactive Media and
Games Development

Digital Media covers the
creation, broadcast, production, and use of digitised content, as well as
digital communications.

5. Cybersecurity- Led by Temasek Polytechnic (TP) and Singapore University
of Technology and Design (SUTD)

Domain areas: Encryption
Technologies, Cyber Intelligence and Cyber Risk Management, Cyber Incident Investigation,
Cyber Compliance

Cybersecurity refers to
measures and techniques to protect the integrity of data, computing devices and
other systems from damage or theft and preventing disruption to the
functionality of the systems. It includes encryption techniques,
cyber-intelligence and the development of security control mechanisms to
significantly reduce risks and vulnerabilities.

6. Entrepreneurship- Led by Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Domain areas: Start-Up, Technopreneurship, Financing, Platform Models,
Business Models, Going Global, Product/Market Development, Sustainable Growth

Entrepreneurship is the art
of transforming an idea into a venture of value creation for market, through
innovation and risk-taking. It covers financing options, goto-market
strategies, going global, and various aspects of business strategies and
operations for sustainable growth.

7. Advanced manufacturing- Led by Singapore Polytechnic and Nanyang
Technological University

Domain areas: Industrial
Internet Of Things (IIOT), Additive Manufacturing, Robotics and Automation

Advanced Manufacturing involves
the use of innovative and advanced technologies to improve products and
processes by enhancing the cyberphysical integration of manufacturing. It
involves digitalisation and automation through the use of devices, sensors and
robotics for work processes. It also facilitates connectivity through the
integration of information, computing and networking to improve manufacturing
productivity, customisation, flexibility, predictability and performance.

8. Urban solutions- Led by Singapore Institute of Technology and Institute
of Technical Education

Domain areas: Systems
engineering, Sustainability Solutions, Autonomous Transport Solutions.

Urban Solutions describes
solutions that are aimed at improving the quality of living through designing
and building environmentally sustainable and liveable cities. These solutions
include the development, implementation and maintenance of intelligent
transport systems, smart cities and autonomous vehicles.