An alliance has been formed between the Software giant Microsoft and the government of Singapore on a 3-year training program for equipping the small, as well as, medium-sized enterprises and workers with the suitable skills needed to make a jump into the digital economy.

Known as the Tech Intensity Training Roadmap, the program is anticipated to benefit a hundred small, as well as, medium-sized enterprises and 5 thousand individuals who can register for free online Microsoft courses on MySkillsFuture portal, which is run by the government, on topics such as artificial intelligence and data analytics.

Microsoft certification will be given to the participants upon successfully completing the courses, while the materials provided by Microsoft will be incorporated by the government on the internet of things, cyber security, and Artificial Intelligence into its SkillsFuture for Digital Workplace program.

For the meantime, there will be up gradation of the SkillsFuture for Digital Workplace program to help participants in becoming well informed about cyber security, and to master those skills which would help them identifying and guarding themselves against fake news.

For building a pipeline of talent expert in digital technologies, Microsoft will be working with the government for enhancing the workplace learning practices amongst the firm’s network of Small and Medium-sized Enterprise partners.

A training blueprint is also under co-development by both the parties which will help the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises form a strong workplace learning culture to boost the rate of adoption of technology skills and improve the engagement of employees, as well as, their retention.

The Senior Minister of Singapore’s state for information and communications, Janil Puthucheary, stated that the program is a part of the efforts put in by government to build a ‘digitally confident’ population.