Google says its supporting thousands of locals through a new jobs and skills initiative to boost employment and employability outcomes under the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package. Google says it will offer 100 job placements at its Singapore office with the remaining 500 vacancies offered by partners including Dentsu Aegis Network, Omnicom Media Group, Publicis, Sephora and Trip.com
Google, Economic Development Board (EDB), Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) announces its Skills Ignition SG – A Grow With Google Program as a new jobs and skills training initiative for 3,000 local entry-level and mid-career jobseekers.
The Program is aimed at boosting employment and employability outcomes, and providing vital industry experience amid a challenging labour market. Google says 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 curricula, Skills Ignition SG offers two programs, 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 program 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.
The place and train program is open to all local graduates, professionals, and jobseekers, with its training program fees entirely paid for. Successful applicants will be informed of their host companies before the program begins and receive a monthly salary while undergoing training.
The program is supported by the Company-Led Training Program 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 SGD 1,500.
The nett fee for each training programme is SGD 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.
Commenting on the partnership Minister for Communications and Information S Iswaran says COVID-19 has posed an unprecedented challenge for Singapore, affecting 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,” says Minister Iswaran.
Google APAC President Scott Beaumont agrees.
“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 program will help bridge that gap,” says Beaumont.
As an additional show of support for the local community, Google says it returned its Job Support Scheme (JSS) wage subsidies, and pledged to decline future payouts from the Government. Google claims it is also working with nonprofits to support SMEs, seniors, migrant workers and the most disadvantaged in society. Over the last few months, Google says it has given over SGD 1 million in Google.org and data center grants to local charities and NGOs, and provided SGD 2.2 million in ads credits to small businesses and government agencies.
(Ed. Companies interested in offering job placements may email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on the program and courses can be found on the website. Applications for Skills Ignition SG are now open online through 21 August. Featured image of past participants in Google-led program provided courtesy of Google.)