NCS has unveiled plans to enhance the technology skill-sets of more than 1000 employees and new hires over the next two years, through a partnership with the Institute of Systems Science at National University of Singapore (NUS-ISS).
Terms of the alliance will see the technology provider - a subsidiary of Singtel - offer opportunities for staff members to gain professional certifications and a Master of Technology degree from NUS-ISS.
“In NCS, we believe that talent development is a top priority, and must be a deliberate and ongoing process,” said Ng Kuo Pin, CEO of NCS. “It is therefore important for us to ensure that our people have access to opportunities to develop new specialist skills and achieve accreditation as they progress in their careers.”
Collaboration spans technical training targeting ‘mid-career’ NCS employees, in addition to tailored initiatives specific to emerging technologies such as advanced analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT).
The partnership also includes accreditation of NCS subject matter experts to conduct technical training, alongside specialist skills development for new software engineers.
Specifically, NCS will collaborate with NUS-ISS to train new software engineers in specialist skills under the company’s career development program, Nucleus 2.0.
Nucleus 2.0 is a foundational program leading to an NUS Graduate Certificate in Architecting Scalable Systems; and a specialisation program leading to graduate certification in areas such as system architecture, project management and application Modernisation, in addition to AI and automation, IoT, platform and product architecture and advanced analytics.
NCS employees who achieve the requisite graduate certificates and complete a capstone project will be awarded the Master of Technology in Software Engineering by NUS-ISS.
Kuo Pin said the technology provider will also recruit more than 200 ICT graduates into Nucleus 2.0 per year amid plans to ramp up digital workforce capabilities.
“Together with their experience at NCS working on impactful projects for our clients, this initiative will set a strong foundation for our people to realise their individual potential and aspiration,” Kuo Pin added. “The partnership with NUS-ISS underscores our commitment to help our people grow throughout their career development journey.”
In addition to providing employee training, NCS will also work with NUS-ISS to offer internship and project opportunities to NUS-ISS students in the Graduate Certificate and Master in Technology programs.
The students will gain exposure to a "real working environment", while receiving "hands-on experience" in developing prototypes of new products using emerging technologies.
“We are honoured to be collaborating with NCS to equip ICT professionals with the relevant skills to contribute to the digital economy,” said Khoong Chan Meng, CEO of NUS-ISS. “By leveraging the synergies of both organisations - NCS’ well-established industry experience and subject matter experts, coupled with NUS-ISS’s long-standing track record of developing digital talent, our goals are strongly aligned to propel and shape industry transformation for the future.”
Established in 1981, NUS-ISS provides graduate education, executive education programmes, consultancy and research services.