Singapore builds talent pipeline in 5G and emerging tech
Singtel has announced its intention to attract and build a “ready pool” of more than 500 tech professionals in Singapore over the next two years.
The Asian communications technology group is partnering with the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singapore Polytechnic (SP) to fill new 5G roles and emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, cloud engineering and data analytics.
“In order for Singtel to capture new digital growth opportunities and drive digital transformation across industries, we have to pivot our workforce and pivot fast,” said Yuen Kuan Moon, group chief executive officer, Singtel.
“Having embarked on reskilling our existing staff, we are now hiring and training new employees on the job in 5G and emerging technologies. The learning gained from academia will complement practical on-the-job training in our workplace to build the critical competencies needed to help transition enterprises to a digital economy.”
He continued: “We are glad to partner IMDA, NUS and SP to build out the expanding 5G ecosystem that will move us closer to our smart city goals.”
Singtel said it will be focusing its hiring and training in Singapore in core areas such as 5G network engineering, digital services, 5G product and platform development, application development and advanced analytics.
“In order for Singtel to capture new digital growth opportunities and drive digital transformation across industries, we have to pivot our workforce and pivot fast”
NCS, Singtel’s wholly owned subsidiary, will also be looking to grow talent for emerging technologies via ‘Nucleus’, its five-year career development programme which is targeted at grooming specialist and professional ICT talent.
Regionally, Optus and Singtel Group associates are also building a growing pool of tech and digital professionals to support 5G roll out, such as the launch of 5G sites across Australian major cities by Optus.
“Singaporeans with the right tech skills can look forward to good job opportunities in a vibrant 5G ecosystem,” added Lew Chuen Hong, chief executive of IMDA.
“Working with academia and Singtel will ensure that our workers have these skills in in-demand areas. I encourage leading enterprises to work with us to get our workers future-ready and accelerate Singapore’s digital transformation.”
NUS and SP, as IMDA’s appointed 5G and telecoms programme manager, will support Singtel and the rest of the industry by developing 5G-related training courses and academic programmes as well as collaborating with other institutions of higher learning (IHLs).