Singapore invests in digital skills for mid-career employees and seniors
The government of Singapore announced the investment of SGD 145 million (USD 110.2 million) for the implementation of the TechSkills Accelerator program (Tesa), which will consist in creating new technology training opportunities for 20,000 people by 2020. Participants will learn advanced digital skills in emerging areas such as data analytics, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT) and cybersecurity. This initiative will mainly support mid-career professionals and those above 40 years old.
An additional program was also launched to introduce seniors to a six-hour digital skills curriculum that includes topics such as searching for information online, email and chat communication, or electronic transactions. The course will also offer basic security principles training for participants and will be offered in four languages by the end of 2018.
In order to encourage seniors to apply what they learn in these courses, diverse organizations will provide them with benefits when using technology tools, such as bank credits or food discounts. The Infocomm and Media Development Authority (IMDA) is currently aiming to reach 2,000 seniors via 48 two-hour learning sessions throughout the island.