Google Partners With Singapore Government Agencies for Job-Skills Initiative

Google Partners With Singapore Government Agencies for Job-Skills Initiative

by July 22, 2020
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About 3,000 local entry-level and mid-career job seekers will benefit from the new jobs and skills training initiative that was announced by Google, Economic Development Board (EDB), Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG).

The Skills Ignition SG initiative, in support of the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package, offers two programmes, focuses on providing on-the job training opportunities and skills upgrading supported by IMDA and SSG.

One of the programmes which is fully paid for, is open to 600 local applicants where they will undergo three months of online vocational training before moving on to six months of hands-on work experience with employers.

Starting October, Google will make available 100 positions in Singapore with the remaining 500 positions will be supported by Google’s key partners.

Also available are two six-month full-time training courses in the areas of digital marketing and cloud technology for up to 2,400 mid-career professionals in the ICT sector. Each enrolled participant will receive a monthly training allowance of $1,500.

The fee for each training programme is $500, which participants can use their SkillsFuture credit for with the rest being subsidised by SSG.

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Vocational learning with Google-certifiable Training

As part of Skills Ignition SG, Google has developed a comprehensive online curriculum to provide vocational learning with its authorised training providers, AVADO and Agilitics. The curriculum will include a mix of online live instructor-led training, self-paced online study and online group and individual project work. Participants who complete either course will receive professional certificates recognised globally.

Applications for Skills Ignition SG are now open online through 21 August.

S Iswaran

S Iswaran

Minister for Communications and Information S Iswaran said,

“In this uncertain environment, the government’s over-riding economic priority is to create jobs and opportunities for our people, and I am encouraged that companies, such as Google, are also stepping up to join us in this critical national effort. Google’s collaboration with EDB, IMDA and SSG, will help some 3,000 fresh graduates and mid-career professionals secure jobs, advance their skills and start a fulfilling career in the ICT sector.”

Scott Beaumont

Scott Beaumont

Mr. Scott Beaumont, President, Google Asia Pacific, said,

“We are delighted to partner with the government in supporting 3,000 local jobseekers through Skills Ignition SG, and thank and recognise our industry partners who have stepped up during this difficult job climate. While the pandemic has impacted jobs and career opportunities, it has also accelerated digitalisation by businesses and increased demand for digital skills. We hope this programme will help bridge that gap.”

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