NEW AI PARTNERSHIP WITH SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT
At the occasion which additionally marked Google’s fifteenth anniversary in Singapore, the corporate additionally introduced a partnership between Google Cloud and the Smart Nation and Digital Government Group (SNDGG) to “co-create novel AI (artificial intelligence) solutions that will improve how Singaporeans work and live”.
As the primary public-private AI partnership with a world know-how firm, the partnership additionally goals to deepen AI capabilities within the public service and form AI governance and ethics, stated Google.
At the occasion, Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong famous that “there are still tremendous opportunities here in Singapore and all over Asia, and in particular Southeast Asia”.
“In fact, the digital economy in Southeast Asia is only just getting started – fuelled by a huge, untapped but fast-growing digital consumer market,” he stated.
“And Singapore, located at the heart of Asia, is well placed to capitalise on these opportunities.”
Other financial alternatives embody an addition of a fifth certificates (Digital Marketing and e-commerce) to Google Career Certificates and an expanded employer consortium.
The consortium, which beforehand featured 16 native corporations, now has 37 corporations offering the graduates of Google’s Skills Ignition SG programme with “direct access” to job alternatives.
As a part of the Skills Ignition SG programme, Google has additionally enhanced its traineeship programme to 60 Singaporeans. These chosen trainees will bear a 12-month full-time coaching programme in digital advertising and marketing or skilled cloud structure, up from the earlier length of 9 months.
The trainees will additionally obtain mentorship from Google workers, a extra complete improvement plan and the next stipend to match rising market charges, stated Google.
“We want to support Singaporeans to stay competitive in the digital economy,” Mr King instructed CNA.
“For example, a Google Career Certificate (GCC) holder called Shakir first worked in a role that tackled logistics and IT troubleshooting in 2018 (when he entered the IT industry). GCC has … since opened doors for him, with interviewers impressed with his knowledge, thus landing him roles in tech firms and eventually paving the way for his career progression to become an analyst in Coinbase.”
50,000 PARENTS AND CHILDREN TO BE TRAINED IN ONLINE SAFETY
Amid rising publicity to on-line threats, Google additionally introduced a partnership with the InfoComm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and the Media Literacy Council to practice 50,000 mother and father and kids on on-line security throughout the subsequent yr.
This will start with a roving “online safety park”, which will go to chosen faculties together with CHIJ Katong and West Grove Primary School this week, stated Mr King.
“When we look closer to home, we see kids as young as eight years old in Singapore are getting comfortable with digital services and devices – that’s two years younger than the global average. They must be building the right foundations to navigate the online world safely,” he added.
“We hope to empower children with safe habits online and the skills to intervene, not only for themselves but for others around them at home and in school. And in turn, create a multiplier effect and amplify our outreach efforts to equip most, if not all, parents and children with the right online safety know-how.”