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Google supports 3,000 locals through a new jobs and skills initiative

Last updated on July 25, 2020

Singapore, 20 July 2020 – Google, Economic Development Board (EDB), Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) have announced Skills Ignition SG – A Grow With Google Program in support of the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package. A new jobs and skills training initiative for 3,000 local entry-level and mid-career jobseekers, this is aimed at boosting their employment and employability outcomes, and providing vital industry experience amid a challenging labour market. This latest initiative is also aligned with the efforts of the National Jobs Council which will provide jobs and training opportunities in various sectors and cater to every skill level. 

Based on Google’s tried and tested curricula, Skills Ignition SG offers two programmes, one focusing on providing on-the job training opportunities and another focusing on skills upgrading in areas of Digital Marketing and Cloud Technology, supported by IMDA and SSG respectively:

  • A nine-month place and train programme for up to 600 applicants, where participants will do three months of online vocational training before moving on to six months of hands-on work experience with employers. Starting October, Google will make available 100 positions in Singapore with the remaining 500 positions will be supported by Google’s key partners (initial list of participating companies available in the Annex). 

    The place and train programme is open to all local graduates, professionals, and jobseekers, with its training programme fees entirely paid for. Successful applicants will be informed of their host companies before the programme begins and receive a monthly salary while undergoing training. The  programme is supported by the Company-Led Training Programme under TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) initiative, by IMDA. 
  • Two six-month full-time training courses in the areas of Digital Marketing and Cloud Technology for up to 2,400 mid-career professionals. These courses provide industry-relevant skills to boost employability in the ICT sector. Each enrolled participant will receive a monthly training allowance of $1,500. 

The nett fee for each training programme is $500, which participants can use their SkillsFuture credit for. The rest of the fees will be subsidised by SSG. This will be the first two courses to be rolled out under SSG’s SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways – Enterprise-based Training programme, in support of the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package. 

Vocational learning with Google-certifiable Training 

As part of Skills Ignition SG, Google has developed a comprehensive online curriculum to provide vocational learning in the areas of Digital Marketing and Cloud Technology together with its authorised training providers, AVADO and Agilitics. The curriculum will include a mix of online live instructor-led training, self-paced online study and online group and individual project work. Participants who complete either course will receive professional certificates recognized globally.

Minister for Communications and Information S Iswaran said, “COVID-19 has posed an unprecedented challenge for Singapore, affecting our lives and livelihoods. In this uncertain environment, the government’s over-riding economic priority is to create jobs and opportunities for our people, and I am encouraged that companies, such as Google, are also stepping up to join us in this critical national effort. In today’s challenging labour market, Google’s collaboration with EDB, IMDA and SSG, will help some 3,000 fresh graduates and mid-career professionals secure jobs, advance their skills and start a fulfilling career in the

ICT sector, which remains one of the bright spots in our economy.” 

Mr. Scott Beaumont, President, Google Asia Pacific, said, “We are delighted to partner with the government in supporting 3,000 local jobseekers through Skills Ignition SG, and thank and recognise our industry partners who have stepped up during this difficult job climate. While the pandemic has impacted jobs and career opportunities, it has also accelerated digitalisation by businesses and increased demand for digital skills. We hope this programme will help bridge that gap.”

Mr. Ben King, Country Director at Google Singapore, added, “We remain focused on empowering Singaporeans today, for tomorrow, as we create good training opportunities, and vital industry experience for Singaporeans. To kick off the programme, Google will offer 100 locals hands-on work experience at our office and will continue to work with our partners to offer more job placements. When participants successfully complete the programme, they will be equipped to take on jobs with companies within Singapore’s broader tech ecosystem. Skills Ignition SG will benefit entry- and mid-level jobseekers and enhance the talent available to all companies to enable them to take their business forward in Singapore.”  

Companies interested in offering job placements may contact us at skillsignitionsg-host@google.com.  

More information on the programme and courses can be found on the website. Applications for Skills Ignition SG are now open online through 21 August. 

Private-public collaborations to support skilling of talents in different segments of the society 

Skills Ignition SG builds on ongoing initiatives by Google to upskill different groups of the community to tap on the potential of technology. To help underprivileged young Singaporeans be digitally ready for the future, Google and the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) expanded its Code in the Community programme in January 2020 to bring free, multi-level coding classes to 6,700 more students, aged eight to

16 years old. Its next run begins on 25 July 2020 and will be conducted online.

In April 2020, Google and UOB also announced the expansion of the SME Leadership Academy in support of Digital Industry Singapore, Enterprise Singapore and the Singapore Tourism Board to increase the capacity by ten-fold to help 4,000 small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by the end of 2021. The revised curriculum will help business leaders of SMEs from the retail, tourism and food and beverage (F&B) sectors respond to the unprecedented challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic. Since its expansion three months ago, the programme has trained over 1,000 SME workers in the retail and tourism sectors. 

Standing in solidarity with the local community

As an additional show of support for the local community, Google has  returned its Job Support Scheme (JSS) wage subsidies, and pledged to decline future payouts from the Government. 

Google is also working with nonprofits to support SMEs, seniors, migrant workers and the most disadvantaged in society. Over the last few months, Google has given over $1 million in Google.org and data center grants to local charities and NGOs, and provided $2.2 million in ads credits to small businesses and government agencies. 

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