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What is it

An initiative of SkillsFuture, the TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) aims to build and develop a skilled Information and Communication Technology (ICT) workforce for Singapore’s digital economy.  TeSA is an initiative driven by Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), in partnership with Skillsfuture Singapore (SSG) and Workforce Singapore (WSG), and in collaboration with industry partners, hiring employers and National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). TeSA offers various programmes to support current information and communications technology (ICT) professionals and non-ICT professionals to upgrade and acquire new skills and domain knowledge that are in demand, and to stay competitive and meet the challenges of a fast-moving digital landscape. 

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Background of TeSA

First announced in the 2016 Budget, the TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) is a tripartite initiative by the government, industry and the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), to build and develop a skilled Information and Communications Technology (ICT) workforce for the Singapore economy, and to enhance employability outcomes for individuals.

The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), which drives TeSA for ICT professional development, takes an integrated approach to ICT skills acquisition and practitioner training - in core ICT skills and in sector-specific ICT skills - and enhance employability outcomes through place and train programmes, and career advisory services.             

Three key thrusts of work by TeSA

Thrust 1 – Provide Skills Framework for ICT

The Skills Framework for ICT can be used by employers to recognise skills and invest in training their employees for career development and skills upgrading; by individuals to assess their career interest, identify relevant training programmes to upgrade their skills and prepare for desired job roles; and by training providers to design ICT programmes to address the industry needs accordingly. 

Please click here for the Skills Framework for ICT 

Thrust 2 – Skills Acquisition and Validation

A broad-based approach to skills development – modular and certifiable skills courses – is taken to enable individuals to up-skill or deepen their knowledge in various skills. A targeted approach is also taken with companies, coding schools, Continuing Education and Training (CET) and other organisational partners to provide eligible individuals with various pathways to join the ICT profession, upskill and reskill themselves.

These programmes include:

Thrust 3 – Integrated Career Services

There is a coordinated career support ecosystem for job matching, group mentoring, and leadership programmes by tripartite partners that include NTUC, e2i, Singapore Computer Society (SCS), IMDA and WSG. It provides dedicated and focused career advisory, facilitation and support services for individuals who are looking to join or develop their careers in ICT. There are various initiatives to enhance the chances of employability for individuals. For example, physical and virtual career fairs, career centres with career coaches, and experienced ICT professionals through SCS to provide mentorship advice.