Courses in digital skills for non-IT professionals

Manpower Minister Josephine Teo described the Digital Proficiency Programme as a step towards building an agile workforce needed to meet future challenges.
Manpower Minister Josephine Teo described the Digital Proficiency Programme as a step towards building an agile workforce needed to meet future challenges.PHOTO: SINGAPORE COMPUTER SOCIETY

A new suite of training programmes launched yesterday aims to help professionals who do not have an IT background gain digital proficiency skills.

The Digital Proficiency Programme (DigiPro), targeted at busy professionals, managers, executives and technicians, will consist of short modular courses in areas such as cyber security, business data and insights, content creation, as well as personal branding, for a start.

Speaking at its launch at Mandarin Orchard Singapore hotel yesterday, Manpower Minister Josephine Teo described it as a step towards building an agile workforce needed to meet future challenges.

The future of work is still being shaped and "no one knows exactly what it will look like, or how to prepare for it", she said.

However, she added, it can be rewarding and it also pays to stay ahead of the competition.

"This means that we will need an agile workforce and agile businesses that are always alert to emerging trends, always checking what works, what doesn't, always seeking to be better," she added.

She said technology would help reduce the reliance on manpower in some areas, but growing companies may still have to hire more people to fill other newer jobs. With technology boosting productivity, wages can be higher as well, she added.

In order to benefit from this, workers must not be "stuck with old skills in declining businesses", and should be given a chance to reskill and be redeployed, she said.

Mr Tan Kiat How, chief executive of the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore, said the Singapore Computer Society initiative will help to develop digitally skilled professionals, bringing Singapore closer to its goal of becoming a global digital economy.

"There is a strong demand for tech-savvy professionals across the economy as digital transformation of industries and businesses picks up pace," he added.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 13, 2018, with the headline 'Courses in digital skills for non-IT professionals'. Print Edition | Subscribe