IT Skills That Will Work for You

Cloud Computing

It’s no secret that digital skills are the in thing employers are looking for in their employees. So, if you’re in a job, it could be one reason you get promoted. If you’re looking out for job, it could impact whether you’re hired or not.

Now the million-dollar question is, do you have these skills?

A year ago, the National Trades Union Congress’ (NTUC) Future Jobs, Skills and Training (FJST) unit piloted a study among 30 employers to identify the in-demand skills in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.

The winners? Cloud computing and solution development skills.

Fast forward to today, NTUC LearningHub (LHUB) – in partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and NTUC’s e2i (Employment and Employability Institute) – have rolled out new programmes to raise cloud computing literacy among working Singaporeans like you and I. Talk about striking the iron while it’s hot!

How is this going to make you more employable? Well, NTUC Secretary-General Ng Chee Meng described it best during the programmes’ launch at an ICT dialogue held on 25 May 2018: “Through cloud technology, data storage, data management, data exploitation, and data analytics – all the things that involve data in the new economy – will come together.

“Cost has been lowered, opportunities expanded, the playing field between multinationals and SMEs (small- and medium-sized enterprises) has been levelled. We definitely need to groom more of such talents to meet market needs.”

Ng Chee Meng

(Photo Credit: Avelyn Ng) SG Ng speaking to NTUC LearningHub CEO Kwek Kok Kwong and a trainer at the promotional booth for the new courses about making ICT real to those on the ground.

Why Should You Take it?

LHUB’s two new short courses – “Fundamentals of Internet of Things” and “Fundamentals of Cloud Computing” – will pull resources from the AWS Educate programme which many educators globally swear by.

And really, it’s from Amazon, do you really need another reason?

So where does LHUB come in? Well, they will make the curriculum more hands-on and industry-relevant. At the end of the Internet of Things and Cloud Computing courses, you get to build an application on a device and a working cloud computing service respectively with your class groupmates!

Fastest fingers first though, as each course only has 120 training places for now. First intake is in end-July 2018.

The courses will subsequently be offered as Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications funded courses.

What Else is There?

Remember SkillsFuture for Digital Workplace (SFDW), the national initiative to increase the digital literacy and confidence of those who are new to technology?

LHUB is one of the appointed training providers by SkillsFuture Singapore to deliver SFDW courses. And as you would have guessed, they will be infusing cloud computing into the course content following the partnership with AWS.

This begins June 2018, so for those who are eager to pick up some tech skills, you can register right away!

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Interested parties for any of the above courses can write in to pme@ntuclearninghub.com.

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