Google’s Skills Ignition SG supports local job seekers

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Google, the Economic Development Board (EDB), the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) have announced Skills Ignition SG – A Grow With Google Program in support of the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package.

A new jobs and skills training initiative for 3,000 local entry-level and mid-career job-seekers, this is aimed at boosting their employment and employability outcomes, and providing vital industry experience amid a challenging labour market.

This latest initiative is also aligned with the efforts of the National Jobs Council which will provide jobs and training opportunities in various sectors and cater to every skill level.

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Based on Google’s curricula, Skills Ignition SG offers two programmes. The first is a nine-month place and train programme for up to 600 applicants, where participants will do three months of online vocational training before moving on to six months of hands-on work experience with employers.

Starting October, Google will make available 100 positions in Singapore with the remaining 500 positions supported by Google’s key partners. The programme is supported by the Company-Led Training Programme under TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) initiative, by IMDA.

The second involves two six-month full-time training courses in the areas of Digital Marketing and Cloud Technology for up to 2,400 mid-career professionals. These courses provide industry-relevant skills to boost employability in the ICT sector. These will be the first two courses to be rolled out under SSG’s SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways – Enterprise-based Training programme, in support of the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package.

Vocational learning with Google-certifiable Training

As part of Skills Ignition SG, Google has developed a comprehensive online curriculum to provide vocational learning in the areas of Digital Marketing and Cloud Technology together with its authorised training providers, AVADO and Agilitics.

The curriculum will include a mix of online live instructor-led training, self-paced online study and online group and individual project work. Participants who complete either course will receive professional certificates recognized globally.

Minister for Communications and Information S Iswaran said, “COVID-19 has posed an unprecedented challenge for Singapore, affecting our lives and livelihoods. In this uncertain environment, the government’s over-riding economic priority is to create jobs and opportunities for our people, and I am encouraged that companies, such as Google, are also stepping up to join us in this critical national effort.”

“In today’s challenging labour market, Google’s collaboration with EDB, IMDA and SSG, will help some 3,000 fresh graduates and mid-career professionals secure jobs, advance their skills and start a fulfilling career in the ICT sector, which remains one of the bright spots in our economy,” he concluded.