Today (29 October), NTUC Secretary-General Ng Chee Meng officially announced the formation of Tech Talent Assembly (TTAB) on a visit to data analytics company, SAS Institute.
TTAB is an association set up by NTUC on 19 July 2018, to serve the 180,000 Infocomm Technology (ICT) professionals in Singapore, helping them upskill themselves through networking and training opportunities.
Within the next year, the association will be working with ICT industry partners to develop some useful programmes for its members. These include dialogues with industry leaders, sandbox sessions, and a gig platform for professionals.
Through “fireside chats” with employers and industry leaders, ICT workers can keep up with the latest technology trends and skills in demand.
The first of TTAB’s Thought Leadership Series sessions will be held on 28 November 2018 at NTUC Centre, where participants will dive into cybersecurity. Future sessions will also touch on other topics like data analytics, cloud technology, and API developments.
ICT professionals can also get together for collaboration on projects through TTAB’s sandboxing sessions, or get connected to employment opportunities relevant to them through a gig platform.
TTAB will also partner NTUC’s Employment and Employability Institute, e2i, to pilot curated programmes aimed at helping mid-career job seekers upgrade their skills.
Ng said NTUC wants to build a community where “members can learn from each other, pool knowledge and have lifelong employability”.
“The Infocomm industry is growing and there are exciting job opportunities for ICT professionals. However, this industry will also be impacted by rapid technological advancements.”
“As a Labour Movement for all workers, we want to help prepare workers for the future and […] help them to be prepared for new jobs, relevant with new skills and resilient to new ways of working,” he said.
The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)’s Chief Industry Development Officer, Howie Lau, added that IMDA will be a partner to NTUC’s TTAB.
“IMDA works hand in hand with NTUC for the growth of the ICT sector, in particular through the TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) initiative that aims to equip Singapore professionals with in-demand ICT skills,” said Lau.
Interested parties can find out more about TTAB here.
Featured Image Credit: Avelyn Ng, NTUC