Software development crash courses to ease workers into tech sector

SINGAPORE - Two programming crash courses will soon launch here to ease workers into the tech sector.

US-based tech school General Assembly will offer two full-time courses in Singapore in web development and user experience design as part of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore's (IDA)plans to plug the talent gap.

"As we move towards a smart nation, it is essential that more and more people are confident in creating with technology," said IDA executive deputy chairman Steve Leonard.

"Programmes such as General Assembly will enable individuals to quickly gain or expand their skills in developing software as well as ensuring that corporations and startups acquire the IT talent needed in today's economic landscape."

IDA and General Assembly will subsidise 70 per cent of the class price for Singaporeans, bringing to user design course to $3,000 and the web development course to $3,450, from $10,000 and $11,5000 respectively.

The first batch of classes, which start in November, will take in 50 students between two classes. The next batch of classes will start in February next year.

A 12-week web development course, which starts on Nov 2, will cover website coding languages Ruby on Rails and JavaScript, as well as front and back-end web development.

Students will learn how to develop their ideas into functional website applications, and to actually code and implement the ideas they have.

General Assembly is also offering 10-week user experience design course from Nov 9 to Jan 29. There, students will pick up the basics of web and application design.

Classes will be conducted by industry professionals and experts, such as user experience designers and senior software engineers from tech companies, at General Assembly's campus at The Working Capitol, Keong Saik Road.

lesterh@sph.com.sg