Singtel partners SIT to support work-study programmes to groom next generation ICT and cyber security talent
Singapore, 25 June 2016 – Singtel announced today it is partnering with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) to support work-study programmes aimed at nurturing infocomm technology (ICT) and cyber security talents. The programme is designed to prepare students for the future workforce by equipping them with employable, real-world skills and experiences, while meeting their aspirations to pursue a university degree. It is yet another initiative to prepare degree-level students with the right skills and experience for industry, while opening development pathways for them.
As the newest addition to its comprehensive talent development programmes created in collaboration with institutions of higher learning, Singtel’s Work-Study Programme will support SIT students in the areas of Information Security and Software Engineering. This will lead to a wide array of career pathways such as cyber security R&D, product development and management, cyber analysis and forensics, operations and cyber architects.
Mr Bill Chang, Country Chief Officer and Chief Executive Officer, Group Enterprise at Singtel said, “As one of the world's leading cyber security services companies, Singtel is pleased to participate in the Work-Study programme for Information Security and Software Engineering. We are among the first ICT companies in Singapore to support this timely undertaking which will address two critical skills needs locally. First, the local industry is in short supply of trained software engineers. Second, stemming from the upward worldwide trend of cyber threats, the economy is in great need for trained cyber security professionals.
Under the work-study programmes, participating students are trainees of the supporting company. They get to gather meaningful work experiences through industry induction, close mentorship, attachments and capstone projects to deepen industry-relevant skills. The students would acquire skills and experience relevant to the needs of the company while the company gains a productive contributor and an avenue to recruit, assess, groom and retain talent.
Mr Bill Chang added, “This initiative is a win-win proposition for all. It aligns with our holistic approach to developing and investing in critical skills for our talent pool that strengthens our ability to adapt to rapidly changing needs of our sector. Also, it provides the trainees with world-class hands-on experience to hone their skills and opens the door for them to pursue their career dreams, and in the process, enhances Singapore’s Infocomm and cyber security capabilities.”
The collaboration demonstrates Singtel’s commitment to creating more developmental pathways for its talent base. Its Singtel Cadet Scholarship Programme offers diploma scholarships in Engineering, Cyber Security and Customer Experience. To support internships in real work environments, Singtel offers the SHINE Programme. For preparing entry-level professionals to support Singtel’s Smart Cities initiative is the NCS Solutions for Urbanised Future (SURF) training programme. More recently, to train fresh ICT professionals with basic cyber security skills, Singtel worked with the InfoComm Development Authority of Singapore on the Cyber Security Associates and Technologists Programme.