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Google SG to offer 5,000 scholarships to local partners to upskill for digital economy

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[From Left] Scott Beaumont, President of Google Asia Pacific, and Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat at Skills Ignition SG event.

Singapore – Tech giant Google in Singapore has announced that it will be offering 5,000 Google Career Certificate scholarships to its 13 local partners to enable the local workforce in the country. Said offering is part of Google’s objective to extend its offering of Skills Ignition SG, an expanded skills program.

Google will partner with all five polytechnics in the country, three ITEs, social service agencies as well as self-help groups such as The Codette Project, Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA), and Yayasan MENDAKI (Council for the Development of Singapore Malay/Muslim Community) to distribute the scholarships.

Available on the online education platform Coursera, Google Career Certificates are flexible online training programmes that enable learners with no prior experience or a degree to unlock new job opportunities in four tracks: ‘IT Support’, ‘Project Management’, ‘Data Analytics’ and ‘UX Design’. 

Each curriculum is created by Google’s in-house experts and designed to equip students with fundamental skills through hands-on learning, allowing them to progress at their own pace while studying or working.

In addition, Google has formed an employer consortium to connect graduates from Skills Ignition SG with employers who have a need for qualified candidates in these fields. Members of the consortium include Coca-Cola, Group East Digital, Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS), L’Oreal Singapore, Omnicom Media Group, SPH Media Limited, to name a few.

Scott Beaumont, president of Google Asia Pacific, commented that this new local endeavor means even more Singaporeans will be able to access training opportunities, learn new skills and better compete for jobs in the digital economy as it continues to grow.

“With a strong digital talent pool, Singapore can lead the way as a regional and global technology hub. We know that partnerships between government agencies, businesses and community organizations are the best way to ensure that Singaporeans have the skills they need, and we’re proud that Skills Ignition SG has already helped more than 3,200 people. We want to build on that progress in 2022 and beyond,” Beaumont stated.

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