NCS, IMDA to support 1,600 tech jobs in the next two years

SINGTEL subsidiary NCS has partnered with Singapore's Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) to support various tech jobs and training opportunities in the next two years.

The new initiatives will provide work and study opportunities to some 1,600 polytechnic, ITE (Institute of Technical Education) and university graduates over the next two years, NCS and IMDA said in a joint statement on Wednesday (Oct 5).

Under its newly announced Fusion integrated work and study programme, NCS will hire and train 400 polytechnic graduates. Areas covered include infrastructure, applications, software development and cybersecurity.

The programme will also support their enrolment in a degree at the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and Singapore Institute of Management (SIM).

In 2023, NCS will launch another programme targeting 400 ITE graduates in the first two years. These graduates will work and study part time in order to obtain a diploma in a tech-related field.

The 800 new opportunities available bring the total number of tech jobs and training opportunities offered by NCS to 1,600. At present, NCS has a Nucleus programme which will recruit 800 university graduates as digital specialists in the next two years.

The new Fusion programme will support the TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) for ITEs and Polytechnics (TIP) Alliance initiative, NCS and IMDA said.

IMDA set up the TIP Alliance initiative in September this year, spearheaded by SGTech and the Singapore Computing Society. The alliance is looking to place and train polytechnic and ITE graduates with tech qualifications in the next three years.

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