SkillsFuture Singapore and IBM launch new AI Training Programmes

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SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) has partnered with IBM Singapore to launch a suite of programs in the emerging area of Artificial Intelligence (AI). These programs will enable Singaporeans to learn and apply AI in areas such as Human Resource, Supply Chain Management and Media. The SkillsFuture for Digital Workplace program will also be enhanced to include AI content produced by IBM. These initiatives were launched by the Minister for Education, Mr Ong Ye Kung on October 4, in conjunction with the 2nd anniversary of SkillsFuture for Digital Workplace.  

SkillsFuture for digital workplace enhanced with AI content

Launched in 2017, the SkillsFuture for Digital Workplace program equips Singaporeans with foundational digital skills to take on opportunities offered by the latest technological advancements.

To ensure that the SkillsFuture for Digital Workplace program keeps pace with technological advancements, SSG and IBM have enhanced its curriculum with the inclusion of AI content. It is designed to help Singaporeans understand the fundamentals of AI technology, and how they can apply AI in their workplace and in their daily lives.

“Artificial Intelligence (AI) will become commonplace in both our work and daily lives. It is therefore timely to include AI in our SkillsFuture for Digital Workplace programme. This will help familiarise Singaporeans with the technology and better harness the use of AI,” said Ng Cher Pong, Chief Executive, SkillsFuture Singapore.

This is echoed in a recent study released by IBM’s Institute for Business Value which proposed that more than 120 million workers in the world’s 12 largest economies may need to be retrained or re-skilled in the next three years, as a result of intelligent and AI-enabled automation.

New programmes in AI

Additionally, IBM plans to deliver five new two-day AI programs for Singaporeans keen to equip themselves with the necessary skillsets in AI job roles required by the industry. Three basic level courses cover fundamental AI theories and concepts, data science methodologies and Blockchain and Hyperledger Fabric. Meanwhile, two intermediate courses explore the use of chatbots and AI discovery capabilities across document and internet sources.

According to Veronica Allen, Managing Director, IBM Singapore, the program targets to train 2,500 Singaporeans in AI skills within the next 3 years. With better familiarity and capability in AI, more implementation of relevant AI solutions within local enterprises is expected.