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Google and Singapore government to train 3000 job seekers

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By Shawn Lim | Reporter, Asia Pacific

July 23, 2020 | 4 min read

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The Singapore government and Google have announced a new jobs and skills training initiative for 3,000 local entry-level and mid-career job seekers.

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It will be led by the Economic Development Board (EDB), Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and SkillsFuture Singapore.

The initiative, called Skills Ignition SG - A Grow With Google Program is aimed at boosting job seekers’ employment, employability outcomes and providing vital industry experience amid a challenging labour market during Covid-19.

It will be led by the Economic Development Board (EDB), Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), in support of the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package.

What does the Skills Ignition SG - A Grow With Google Program offer?

  • A nine-month place and train programme for up to 600 applicants, where participants will do 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.
  • Two six-month full-time training courses in the areas of digital marketing and cloud technology for up to 2,400 mid-career professionals. These courses provide industry-relevant skills to boost employability in the ICT sector.
  • The place and train programme is open to all local graduates, professionals, and job seekers, with its training programme fees entirely paid for. Successful applicants will be informed of their host companies before the programme begins and receive a monthly salary while undergoing training. The programme is supported by the Company-Led Training Programme under TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) initiative, by IMDA.

“Covid-19 has posed an unprecedented challenge for Singapore, affecting our lives and livelihoods. 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,” said S Iswaran, the minister for communications and information.

“In today’s challenging labour market, 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, which remains one of the bright spots in our economy.”

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