At the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) Committee of Supply (COS) debate on 6 March, Minister Yaacob Ibrahim announced that there will be an additional 20,000 places that will be created in the Tech Skills Accelerator (TeSA) programme, after an additional amount of $145 million investment was pumped into the programme.
The minister also said that the courses this time round will be longer and more targeted in emerging areas, as compared to the initial round of training which was shorter and more bite-sized in content.
This means that more local professionals can now plunge into these programmes and level themselves up with digital skills in emerging areas, such as data analytics, artificial intelligence, yada yada – the works.
#upskill #deepskill #reskill
If you’re a mid-career professional, no scared, the goverment say they will be giving more targeted assistance for you as well –- by curating job opportunities across the public sector, private and non-profit sectors.
What is TeSA?
If you blur blur still don’t know what is this TeSA, it is actually part of the SkillsFuture initiative that is primarily driven by the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA).
It basically helps Singaporeans upgrade and get new skills in ICT domain in order for them to “stay competitive and meet the challenges of a fast-moving digital landscape”. It offers you training opportunities across 7 different programmes – you can read here if you are interested.
TeSA also doesn’t discriminate – it is for both fresh graduates and existing ICT professionals, and professionals from both ICT and non-ICT backgrounds. So basically, anyone also can hop on this bandwagon, so don’t say bo jio hor!
Digital inclusiveness for elderly Singaporeans
The ministry also wants to up the skillz of the ah-mas ah-gongs in Singapore – by rolling out a basic digital skills curriculum, which will be conducted in English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil by the end of the year. (eh, why not in dialect leh???)
The curriculum will teach these elderly Singaporeans how to search for information online, communicate on email/chats and do electronic transactions.
This will be offered in the middle of the year at selected Silver Infocomm Junctions, i.e. senior friendly learning hubs.
Just you wait, later your ah-ma and ah-gong more zai than you then you know. Confirm siasuay to the max! So now, no excuse anymore, time for you to upskill also – and this time, don’t say the government never help you hor.