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NCS launches SURF training programme to nurture ICT talents in Singapore

Zafirah Salim | Aug. 21, 2015
In line with Singapore’s Smart Nation and SkillsFuture initiatives, and as part of IDA’s Company-Led Training programme, NCS will train 100 Singaporean entrant-level professionals.

From left to right: Lim Swee Say, Minister for Manpower; Steve Leonard, Executive Deputy Chairman of IDA; Bill Chang, CEO, Singtel Group Enterprise & Country Chief Officer, Singapore; Chia Wee Boon, CEO of NCS; and Chua Sock Koong, Group CEO of Singtel

NCS' Solutions For Urbanised Future (SURF) training programme is the latest in a series of talent building initiatives introduced in Singapore that supports the nation's Smart Nation and SkillsFuture initiative, which aims to equip its citizens with the know-how and critical skills to build an advanced economy.

As part of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore's (IDA) Company-Led Training (CLT) programme, NCS — a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singtel — is committed to recruiting and training 100 Singaporean entrant-level professionals from polytechnics and universities over the next two years. This will form the largest ever intake since the launch of CLT in 2011.

Besides NCS, other tech companies such as Google and Dimension Data, as well as DBS Bank and IHIS have also jumped on board this venture.

Under this new initiative, NCS will work on building the fundamentals and core software competencies of the trainees by providing hands-on and on-the-job training for a period of 12 months. The trainees will be mentored by senior specialists from NCS' business application services unit to understand fundamentals in applications development, enterprise architecture frameworks, industry best practices and project management.

They will also have the opportunity to work on client projects, create prototypes of solutions, and use the latest technology and tools to develop smart city innovations. In addition, the trainees will also receive soft skills training in business communications, presentation and customer relationship management. At the end of the training period, they will be offered permanent positions with NCS or earn opportunities to develop their careers within the ICT industry.

The SURF project will be implemented in two batches from May 22, 2015 to June 30, 2017. To date, 45 trainees have been undergoing trainings since last month.

"The launch of the SURF training programme is a timely one as Singapore accelerates its smart nation initiatives that will ultimately transform the way we live, work, learn and play. For Singapore to stay ahead in smart city development we must nurture a culture of experimentation and innovation where these young professionals can develop skills and experience in sustainable smart solutions," said Chua Sock Koong, Singtel's Group Chief Executive.

"Having talents with the knowledge and skills to apply smart city solutions is critical to realising Singapore's aspiration to be the first Smart Nation in the world. Singtel is committed to doing our part and working with partners such as IDA to build this future-ready talent pool. Our customised NCS SURF training programme will enable participants to quickly acquire technical skills in applications development and system programming for real life client projects," added Bill Chang, CEO of Singtel's Group Enterprise and Country Chief Officer. 


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