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IDA partners General Assembly to unveil first career accelerator in Singapore

Zafirah Salim | Oct. 13, 2015
General Assembly will launch a 10- and 12-week tech immersive courses to create and develop ICT talent in Singapore by equipping individuals with 21st century skills.

To support the increasing demand of ICT professionals in Singapore, global educational institution General Assembly (GA), has collaborated with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) to provide individuals with a keen interest in technology a fast track to opportunities in the industry.

Under this partnership, GA will launch two full-time courses in Singapore - a 10-week User Experience Design Immersive and a 12-week Web Development Immersive - to create and develop ICT talent in Singapore by equipping individuals with 21st century skills. These programmes emphasise education to employment, allowing for interaction with experts in the field and prepares individuals for roles as developers, user experience designers and product managers.

The courses will be open to mid-career switchers without ICT background yet are interested in a tech career; current IT professionals who are interested in up-skilling in preparation for new tech positions; as well as fresh graduates with a passion to join or build a tech start-up.

To further support this programme, both IDA and GA will be providing subsidised rates specially for Singapore citizens - they can enroll in the courses at 30 percent of the full rate.

"As we move towards becoming a Smart Nation, it is essential that more and more people are confident in creating with technology," said Steve Leonard, Executive Deputy Chairman, IDA. "Programmes such as General Assembly's will enable individuals to quickly gain or expand their skills in developing software as well as ensuring that corporations and startups acquire the IT talent needed in today's economic landscape."

"The expansion of our Singapore campus' offerings is just one more step towards furthering our mission - empowering people to pursue the work they love. With the support of IDA Singapore, which shares our goal of making education more accessible, our programmes will provide even more students with the opportunity to start and advance their careers," added Jake Schwartz, co-founder and CEO, General Assembly. 


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