More opportunities for PMETs to convert to infocomm technology sector

Office workers crossing the road at Robinson Road in the Central Business District.
Office workers crossing the road at Robinson Road in the Central Business District.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - Professionals looking to make the switch to infocomm technology (ICT), or to upgrade their skills in the sector, can now sign up for eight new ICT conversion programmes.

Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say announced the addition to the Professional Conversion Programmes (PCP) scheme at the first Adapt and Grow career fair, organised by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), on Wednesday (May 4).

It is targeted at professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) who want to upgrade their skills or learn new skills in order to take new job roles within the sector or make a mid-career switch.

"Our PMETs may know what they're doing today, but in terms of making the transition to the jobs of the future, they may not have the direct expertise," said Mr Lim.

"Under PCP, Singaporeans interested in moving to areas in ICT, even if they don't have direct expertise, can be funded, with support from WDA and employers, to move into these areas," he added.

This brings the total of such programmes for ICT to 10, which will be available to 250 PMET job seekers and switchers this year.

The programmes will include core areas of ICT that are growing in demand, such as cyber security, software development and network administration.

The Adapt and Grow career fair aims to match such job seekers or mid-career switchers with prospective employers. Those at the fair include online marketplace app Carousell and virtual reality firm Eon Reality.

Those under the programme undergo a three- to nine-month training period, with WDA subsiding 70 per cent, up to a cap of $2,000, of their salaries.