Singapore, 23 August 2019 – NCS is partnering the Institute of Systems Science at National University of Singapore (NUS-ISS) to provide its employees and new hires with training programmes that offer opportunities to gain professional certifications and a Master of Technology degree from NUS-ISS.
Ng Kuo Pin, CEO of NCS said: “In NCS, we believe that talent development is a top priority, and must be a deliberate and ongoing process. 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. 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. The partnership with NUS-ISS underscores our commitment to help our people grow throughout their career development journey.”
The collaboration covers the following areas:
1. Technical training for mid-career NCS employees
Technical training programmes will be tailored for mid-career employees in the areas of emerging technology such as advanced analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet-of-Things (IoT) and cloud technologies.
2. Accreditation of NCS subject matter experts to conduct technical training
NUS-ISS will accredit NCS’ subject matter experts as its adjunct teaching staff to teach in NUS-ISS.
3. Specialist skills development for new software engineers
NCS will collaborate with NUS-ISS to train its new software engineers in specialist skills under the company’s career development programme, Nucleus 2.0. Nucleus 2.0 encompasses a foundational programme leading to an NUS Graduate Certificate in Architecting Scalable Systems; and a specialisation programme leading to graduate certification in key growth areas such as System Architecture, Project Management, Application Modernisation, 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. NCS will recruit more than 200 ICT graduates into Nucleus 2.0 per year as it ramps up its digital workforce.
4. Internships and Project collaborations.
In addition to providing training for its employees, 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 programmes. The students will gain exposure to a real working environment and get hands-on experience in developing prototypes of new products using emerging technologies.
Says Mr. Khoong Chan Meng, CEO of NUS-ISS: “We are honoured to be collaborating with NCS to equip ICT professionals with the relevant skills to contribute to the digital economy. 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.”
About the NCS Nucleus 2.0 Programme
A 5-year career development programme designed to help fresh hires jump start a tech career in NCS. Under the Nucleus 2.0 programme, young talents will build their foundation in the first year starting with a 5-week boot camp and are then placed under a mentorship programme to immerse in challenging projects.
They will obtain a NUS-ISS accredited post-graduate certificate at the end of the first year and move on to deepen their technical specialisation from the second to fifth year. Upon gaining rich industry experience through their work on projects for NCS’ clients, and completion of requisite graduate certifications in various specialisations, they can attain a Master of Technology with NUS-ISS after their fifth year.