More help for youths to develop infocomm talents: Minister

SINGAPORE - The Government will be extending more help to Singaporean youths who wish to develop their infocomm talents, said Minister of State for Information, Communications and the Arts Mr Chan Chun Sing.

He was speaking at National Infocomm Competition (NIC) launch and award ceremony held today.

The competition, which has been going on since 2006, exposes students to programming, mobile application development, networking, games design and creation.

Among the slew of initiatives announced by Mr Chan is a revamped format for the competition this year.

A new category will be introduced for primary school students, and a total of about ten NIC competitions will be organised for all categories to expose students to competitions at the regional and international platforms, he explained.

In addition, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) will also be conferring 19 students with the inaugural IDA JC Computing Awards - which aims to encourage students to embark on an infocomm career.

The award also gives students a head-start in the infocomm industry, providing them with opportunities to attend local and overseas workshops as well as go on job attachments.

Mr Chan also noted that IDA's National Infocomm Scholarship and the Integrated Infocomm Scholarship also offer 'O' level students, 'A' level students and polytechnic students opportunities to pursue tertiary infocomm education.

He also spoke on the promising prospects of infocomm as a career choice, reminding students that infocomm fresh graduates are highly sought after.

More than 90 per cent from the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and the Singapore Management University obtained employment within six months after completing their final examinations, he said.

"The median starting salary of infocomm fresh graduates has also been attractive, and there has been sustained strong demand for jobs in emerging areas such as Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, Mobile Computing and IT Security," he said.

yamadak@sph.com.sg

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