Dell Technologies launches tech training initiative

The program aims to upskill 3,000 fresh grads and mid-career professionals in Singapore

Dell Technologies launches tech training initiative

Dell Technologies is the latest organisation to launch a tech initiative to help close Singapore’s dire digital skills gap.

The new ‘tech skills accelerator’ is targeted at fresh graduates, mid-career professionals and students.

Over the next two years, they aim to train over 3,000 individuals in knowledge and skills like cloud computing, data protection and management, data science, and analytics.

Dell has partnered with VMware to deliver the initiative, which has been broken down into several parts:

  • For professionals: Dell Technologies Academy will deliver an accelerated and immersive training program with coaches and peers.
  • For students: The tech firms will collaborate with Singapore Management University (SMU) to incorporate industry-relevant content into the school curriculum.

“Digital economy advancements have shaken up skills requirements, increased the pace of change and led to a surge in demand for highly-skilled tech talent,” said Amit Midha, President, Asia Pacific & Japan, and Global Digital Cities, Dell Technologies.

“As Singapore continues to grow its status as a global technology and innovation hub, technology companies have an important role to play in contributing back to this economy. We recognise the responsibility and role of companies such as ours have in helping to upskill and train the talent to help bridge the critical skills gap.”

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The initiative will also be rolled out as part of the SGUnited Traineeship or Mid-career Pathways Program. Over 1,000 employees at Singapore-based Dell Technologies’ partner and customer firms can attend five-week training sessions, called Dell Technologies Skills Up.

At the end of the program, all participants will be evaluated on their technical proficiency and awarded industry-recognised certifications such as the Dell Certified Associate upon passing the examination.

VMware will also pilot Getting Future Ready, a flexible eight-week program offering structured learning paths for emerging cloud-related job roles and opportunities.

Together, both training programs will benefit up to 2,000 fresh graduates and mid-career professionals in Singapore, as well as tech talent across Dell Technologies’ partner-organisations.

The course in collaboration with SMU will be available for undergrads at SMU’s School of Computing and Information Systems. Students will undergo classroom-based training and hands-on lab session for practical technical skills. Dell and VMware will also be mentoring final-year students on projects and participate in guest lectures and technical workshops.

READ MORE: Singtel to hire over 500 tech talent by 2022

“Companies and public agencies are employing digital technology to transform their business models and processes,” said Professor Pang Hwee Hwa, Dean of the School of Computing and Information Systems at the SMU.

“The digital transformation of industries, economies and societies will accelerate going forward. It is therefore imperative that we equip our students with highly sought-after computing skills, including emerging technologies such as cloud-native skills, so that they become industry ready, innovation-enabled solution developers who are able to create value to business and society.”

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