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Shopee's Parent Company Sea Partners IMDA To Create 500 Tech Jobs And Offer Paid Training

Sea Limited (Sea) and Infocomm Media Development Authority announced on October 2 (Friday) that they have signed a memorandum of intent for a new programme to hire and train 500 Singaporeans.

This programme will be the largest TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) Company-Led Training (CLT) programme by a Singapore-based company.

With these new job and training opportunities, it helps to spur the recovery of the local economy which has been badly affected by COVID-19.

It will also help to boost the trainees’ employment and employability outcomes as part of the broader SGUnited Jobs and Skills efforts.

Minister for Communications and Information S Iswaran, who witnessed the signing of the memorandum, said: “In these challenging times, the Government’s priority is to create good jobs for Singaporeans. In particular, we want to ensure that we have a strong pipeline of local tech talent equipped with the skills to secure new opportunities in the Digital Economy.”

“Partnerships with the industry players is key. For example, this collaboration with Sea Limited (Sea) is timely as it will help some 500 Singaporeans acquire the requisite skills to further their career in the ICT sector, which remains a bright spot in our economy.”

Learn And Earn

The programme will benefit 500 Singaporeans, comprising 400 entry-level and 100 mid-career (i.e. with more than three years of working experience) jobseekers.

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Shopee office / Image Credit: Vulcan Post

Trainees will have to undergo six months of on-the-job or instructor-led structured training at Sea’s e-commerce arm Shopee, in areas such as Product Management, Software Engineering and User Experience Design.

All trainees will get a mentor/project advisor within the same department, who will support their journey and to help them improve their knowledge and skills.

Through the course of training provided by Shopee, trainees will acquire foundational and specialist skills, occupational knowledge as well as get hands-on experience in project work.

Trainees who complete the programme will be equipped for success in the e-commerce and tech industry, ready to take on roles such as Data/Business Analysts, Product Managers, Software Engineers and UI/UX Designers.

These trainees will receive a monthly salary while undergoing training, providing them the assurance of being employed in a paid job while attending training for in-demand tech skills and gaining job experience.

All suitable trainees that complete the training will be employed by the business entities under Sea, which include Shopee Singapore and Garena Online.

“This programme not only creates 500 highly-skilled, technical roles at Sea and Shopee for Singaporeans at all stages of their careers, but also ensures that these talents can access training and development opportunities to build thriving long- term careers in the ICT sector,” said Forrest Li, Chairman and Group CEO of Sea.

Lim Teck Yong, Head of Regional Operations and People Team of Shopee, added: “As we broaden and deepen our technology capabilities, we aspire to engage talent from diverse backgrounds, develop a strong pipeline of local tech talent and upskill our employees by equipping them with the relevant skills to succeed in today’s digital economy.”

Featured Image Credit: Sea Limited

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