Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education checks out one of Singapore Polytechnic's students mobile app at the launch of the SingTel Cadet Scholarship Programme. Credit: SingTel
Singapore telco SingTel has launched a scholarship programme for polytechnic students to help the republic build a strong talent pool in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector.
The SingTel Cadet Scholarship Programme will offer 90 scholarships worth over S$2 million annually to top students from Singapore Polytechnic and Republic Polytechnic majoring in computer engineering, cyber security and customer experience. SingTel said that it began accepting applications for the programme from Monday (6 January 2015).
Scholars under the programme will undergo internships during their diploma course, and secure jobs in the related fields as they serve a one-year bond with SingTel upon graduation. Depending on their work performance, they might receive overseas assignments or degree sponsorships after completing their bond.
"Through our scholarships, we can help polytechnic students acquire relevant skills and develop them in critical roles within SingTel and across the broader industry," said Bill Chang, SingTel's country chief officer for Singapore. He added that the move is in support of the republic's SkillsFuture initiative.
SkillsFuture is a national initiative that aims to promote lifelong learning. The SkillsFuture Council will do so by developing an integrated system of education, training and career progression for all Singaporeans, and promoting industry support for individuals to advance based on skills.
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