Started in 2017, the SkillsFuture for Digital Workplace program has equipped Singaporeans with foundational digital skills and a mindset for digital transformation, to prepare them for technological changes in their workplace and daily lives.
In September 2019, NTUC LearningHub (NTUC LHUB) and Skills Future Singapore (SSG) announced partnerships with global technology leaders Avast, LinkedIn and Shopee, who will provide additional training content for the program. Two areas enhanced are cybersecurity and online entrepreneurship skills.
According to Mr Filip Chytry, Security Advisor and Technical Director at Avast, a global leader in digital security products, the rise in sophisticated cyberthreats make it essential for today’s workers to be prepared. “Media literacy should not only embrace adequate know-how of technology use, but also awareness of privacy and cybersecurity risks, knowing how to protect their precious personal data, and that of their employer,” he said.
Online entrepreneurship skills
According to Mr Zhou Junjie, Shopee’s Chief Commercial Officer and Country Head for Shopee Singapore, a recent Google-Temasek states that internet economy is poised to become a US$240 billion industry by 2025, with e-commerce as a key driver. Shopee’s involvement helps “equip Singaporeans with foundational digital skills in this area in order to impact this growing landscape”, he continued.
The partnerships are part of NTUC LHUB’s aims to ensure that workers have up-to-date skills. Says Mr Ng Cher Pong, Chief Executive, SkillsFuture Singapore, this will “help enterprises and workers tap on new opportunities arising from the digital transformation of our economy.”
Added Mr Kwek Kok Kwong, CEO of NTUC LHUB, “in a world of rapid change, workers need to learn regularly — even daily — in order to keep up. This means that knowledge creation must be equally rapid. We have therefore been tapping on an eco-system of like-minded global knowledge partners to help us.”