Improving cloud computing literacy

Two new courses aim to equip workers with highly sought-after skill

Singaporeans will soon have the opportunity to improve their tech skills and work prospects in an increasingly digital landscape.

Workforce training provider NTUC LearningHub (LHUB) has linked up with NTUC's Employment and Employability Institute (e2i), a network that funds skills-upgrading ventures, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to introduce two new courses.

Fundamentals of Cloud Computing and Fundamentals of Internet of Things (IoT) both aim to raise cloud computing literacy among working adults.

Cloud computing refers to the usage of services over the Internet on a paid-for basis to store and manage data.

Data from LinkedIn identified cloud computing as the skill most sought after by employers in 2016.

It is especially in demand in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, which is one of the critical growth sectors in Singapore. The demand for ICT professionals is slated to grow by another 42,300 over a two-year period from last year.

TRAINING UP TALENT

We need to create a pipeline of talent to take on the new and transformed jobs that arise from (the expanding ICT) sector.

NTUC SECRETARY-GENERAL NG CHEE MENG

NTUC secretary-general Ng Chee Meng, who witnessed the signing of memorandums of understanding between LHUB and the other two organisations yesterday, commended the initiative and said that it had come at just the right time.

"We need to create a pipeline of talent to take on the new and transformed jobs that arise from (the expanding ICT) sector," he said.

LHUB's existing two-day SkillsFuture for Digital Workplace course, which 3,000 Singaporeans have signed up for since last October, will also be improved to include cloud technology resources.

By the end of next year, LHUB hopes to train up to 20,000 more Singaporeans in areas such as cloud technology.

Mr Alex Leong Yeow Seng, 59, who manages a housing agency, was one of 12 participants who attended a test run of the Fundamentals of IoT course. IoT is used to refer to the interconnectedness of a broad range of devices and data.

He learnt basic concepts and applications of IoT, knowledge of which is necessary to pick up cloud computing.

"Before, all I knew about cloud was that sometimes my iPhone would say 'cloud storage full'," he joked. "Now that I have a deeper understanding of it, I can stay relevant in the job market."

The two-day courses will be offered jointly by LHUB and e2i.

Fundamentals of Cloud Computing begins in July and Fundamentals of IoT in August. The original course fee of $580 may be subsidised by e2i for some so that they cost just $100. Those interested can enrol by writing to LHUB at pme@ntuclearninghub.com

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 26, 2018, with the headline 'Improving cloud computing literacy'. Print Edition | Subscribe