Dell enrols 4 unis, polys to nurture Singapore tech talent

Dell Technologies has enlisted Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore Management University, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Singapore Polytechnic in a joint effort to enhance the pre-employment training curriculum for over 5,000 tertiary students over the next two years.

The programme seeks to build and attract a robust talent pipeline for the local information and communications technology (ICT) sector by equipping the students with industry-relevant skills.

With the four institutes of higher learning (IHL), Dell will co-develop new content for curriculum modules, specialist diplomas and degree courses focused on critical core skills tied to new and emerging technologies such as cloud computing, data analytics, the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital cities management. 

These key skills were identified based on industry needs – through feedback from Dell and its partners and customers – and aligns with the Infocomm Media Development Authority’s (IMDA) Services 4.0 roadmap, which envisions the future of services using emerging technologies in a digital economy.

Also, the programme comes under the Dell Technologies “Digital Future – Made in Singapore” umbrella, which aims to fast track the adoption of future-ready digital solutions and drive innovations in Singapore for partners and customers globally.

“The government is committed to developing our youths to seize the exciting opportunities in the digital economy, which has grown despite the economic contractions elsewhere,” said Tan Kiat How, Minister of State at the Ministry of Communications and Information. “Industry partners such as Dell Technologies play a key role in translating this growth into good opportunities for Singaporeans, especially in the area of emerging technologies.” 

Amit Midha, Dell president in Asia Pacific and Japan, said the collaboration will enhance the overall tech learning curriculum for students, uplift the ICT and cloud-native ecosystem in Singapore and advance the skills and employability of the future workforce.

Students can look forward to immersing in the latest emerging technologies and industry-relevant content such as DevOps, microservices, cloud-native security, containers and Kubernetes. 

They will also get opportunities for hands-on experience via lab tutorial projects that highlight the importance and complexity of managing applications in an enterprise environment.

With the current hybrid education model, students from the four IHLs will be granted access to a suite of self-guided e-learning courses via Dell Technologies’ digital learning platform. 

These courses are designed to provide students with practical tech knowledge and skills that are in demand by the ICT sector, enhancing their employability and providing a head start to their future technology careers.