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What is it

TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) is a SkillsFuture initiative driven by Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and in partnership with strategic partners such as Workforce Singapore (WSG) and SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), as well as collaboration with industry partners and hiring employers. 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.

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

Launched in November 2017, the Skills Framework for ICT can be used by hirers to develop career maps and articulate job requirements; by individuals to guide their skills identification and development to stay relevant; and by training providers to devise ICT courses. The skills identified in the framework can support emerging areas such as cyber security, Internet of Things, immersive media, artificial intelligence and data analytics. More than 80 ICT skillsets and more than 100 job roles have been identified.

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 of choice to fill industry gaps. 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

This 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 Workforce Singapore (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.

To guide the work of TeSA under its three key thrusts, there is a Governing Council who oversees for now, three sector committees in ICT, Finance and Healthcare; ensuring the programmes developed are in line with industry needs.