NUS SGUnited Skills Programme


NUS will be holding an online information session for the following programme in conjunction with e2i:

1. NUS SGUS Programme in Manufacturing Robotics and Automation, Thursday 6 August (3 - 4pm). Please sign up here.

Information sessions for other NUS SGUS programmes will be updated here as dates are confirmed.

NUS SGUnited Skills Programme

The NUS SGUnited Skills programme is intended for professionals who have been affected by the economic impact of COVID-19. It is a full-time, 6-month training programme designed to help trainees acquire and apply industry-relevant skills to improve employability. To facilitate transition to employment as and when job opportunities are available, the NUS SGUnited Skills programme is delivered through stackable Professional Certificates and other bite-size online courses.

Trainees will receive a training allowance of $1,200 per month from SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) for the duration of the programme, in order to cover their basic expenses. Course fees are also subsidised by SSG, and trainees can use their SkillsFuture Credit to offset the remainder of the course fees (after subsidies, a 6-month programme has a net fee of $500). For more information, please visit SSG’s website.

NUS will provide career-related webinars and connect trainees to government agencies and relevant employers to help them in their job search. However, NUS cannot guarantee job placement at the end of the 6-month programme even though it will make the utmost effort to support trainees in their job search.

Learning Pathway and Description of Common Programme Structure*

The sequence of the learning pathway for NUS SGUnited Skills programme is as follows.

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In the first month of NUS SGUnited Skills programme, all participants will take a common Professional Certificate in Human and Automated Managerial Skills. In the second month, participants will move into their respective tracks in Data and Artificial Intelligence Literacies (DAIL). From the third to fifth month, participants will take up sector-specific Professional and Technology Literacies (PTL) training. All 6-month programmes will conclude with a final month of project work**.

Human & Managerial Literacies (HML)

This aspect of the programme focuses on building participants’ competencies in interconnecting systems, machines and people so that he/she can make sense of complex information, communicate with colleagues and clients, and make adjustments quickly.

Digital and Artificial Intelligence Literacies (DAIL)

This aspect of the programme focuses on building participants’ competencies in understanding, analysing and using information from digital tools and artificial intelligence appropriately to aid them in their work.

Professional and Technology Literacies (PTL)

This aspect of the programme focuses on building participants’ competencies in using up-to-date and relevant technology to enhance their effectiveness and productivity.

*This sequence and structure applies to all programmes except the one in the Infocomm and Media sector from NUS-ISS.

**Except in the Media sector, where mini-projects will immediately follow at the completion of each PTL Professional Certificate in the third to fifth month.

Industry Focus

NUS will be rolling out programmes for the following sectors.

Advanced Manufacturing

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NUS is glad to have the support of the following companies for the NUS SGUS Programme in Manufacturing Robotics and Automation:

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Programme Overview

The NUS SGUS Programme in Manufacturing Robotics and Automation is designed to train engineers in the fundamental knowledge and skills in robotics and automation. It covers data analytics for manufacturing engineers and provides upskilling opportunities in the areas of robotics, modern automation, manufacturing processes and control systems analysis and design.

Pre-requisites

  • Basic background in mathematics, especially calculus, statistics and probability
  • Basic technical background in engineering, either academic or through work experience
  • At least a polytechnic diploma (or equivalent) in a program related to science and technology

Programme outline

NUS has specially constructed a programme where trainees will receive training not only in the deep skills required for the particular industry (Professional and Technological Literacy), but also in the broad interpersonal skills (Human and Managerial Literacy) and the increasingly important pillar of data and digital skills (Data and Artificial Intelligence Literacy).

Sequence

Area

Courses

1

Human and Managerial Literacy

  • Professional Certificate in Human and Automated Managerial Skills
  • Success: Practical Thinking Skills

2

Data and Artificial Intelligence Literacy

  • Professional Certificate in Data Analytics for Manufacturing Engineers
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (AI)

3

 

Professional and Technological Literacy

  • Professional Certificate in Robotics in Manufacturing Today
  • Professional Certificate in Control Systems Analysis and Design
  • Professional Certificate in Electric Drives
  • Fundamentals of Manufacturing Processes

4

  • Project Work


Construction / Facilities Management

 

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Programme Overview

The NUS SGUS Programme in 5D BIM for Built Environment Professionals provides participants an opportunity to upskill in the area of Building Information Modelling (BIM) for the construction industry and built environment as well as to work in a more collaborative and integrated way for managing projects. You will learn about the fundamentals of BIM and other important aspects in contract management, project management and cost management. The programme is suitable for individuals with construction and built environment background.

Pre-requisites

  • Background in Built Environment
  • Basic knowledge of construction methodology/technology
  • Basic computer skills

Programme outline

NUS has specially constructed a programme where trainees will receive training not only in the deep skills required for the particular industry (Professional and Technological Literacy), but also in the broad interpersonal skills (Human and Managerial Literacy) and the increasingly important pillar of data and digital skills (Data and Artificial Intelligence Literacy).

Sequence

Area

Courses

1

Human and Managerial Literacy

  • Professional Certificate in Human and Automated Managerial Skills
  • Success: Practical Thinking Skills

2

Data and Artificial Intelligence Literacy

  • Professional Certificate in Artificial Intelligence for Non-AI Scientists
  • Data Science for Construction, Architecture and Engineering

3

 

Professional and Technological Literacy

  • Professional Certificate in 5D BIM for Built Environment Professionals (Contract Management)
  • Professional Certificate in 5D BIM for Built Environment Professionals (Project Management)
  • Professional Certificate in 5D BIM for Built Environment Professionals (Cost Management)
  • Professional Certificate in Spatial Computational Thinking

4

  • Project Work


Infocomm and Media (coming soon)

 

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Programme in New Media Communication

Programme Overview

The NUS SGUS Programme in New Media Communication is designed to foster opportunities for entry into various job scopes within the media and communication industry. At the end of the programme, students will be equipped with skill sets in creative and design thinking processes; communication and public relation skills; storytelling through videography and photography, etc. This course will be particularly useful for those without prior experience or certification in this area of work.

Pre-requisites

Bachelor degree, preferably with 1-3 years prior experience in the media and communication sector or related fields

Programme outline

NUS has specially constructed a programme where trainees will receive training not only in the deep skills required for the particular industry (Professional and Technological Literacy), but also in the broad interpersonal skills (Human and Managerial Literacy) and the increasingly important pillar of data and digital skills (Data and Artificial Intelligence Literacy).

Sequence

Area

Courses

1

Human and Managerial Literacy

  • Professional Certificate in Human and Automated Managerial Skills
  • Success: Practical Thinking Skills

2

Data and Artificial Intelligence Literacy

  • Professional Certificate in Data Literacy for Non-Data Scientists
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (AI)

3

 

Professional and Technological Literacy

  • Professional Certificate in Media Communications
  • Professional Certificate in Design Thinking and Designing User Experience
  • Professional Certificate in Digital Storytelling
  • Digital Branding and Engagement
  • Reputation Management in a Digital World

4

  • Project Work

  


Professional Services (coming soon)

 

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Programme Overview

The NUS SGUS Programme in International Financial Technology (FinTech) for non-Technical Executives is focused on the financial sector with technological solutioning in mind, and students in the programme can look forward to learning contemporary issues in the financial technology space. You will learn the integration of financial domain know-how (lending, payments, insurance, regulation and management) and technology (front-end and back-end development, cloud systems, blockchain, payment algorithmic trading). All industries depend on FinTech, including but not limited to supply chain, retail, tourism, transportation and more.

Pre-requisites

Holds a diploma at minimum

Programme outline

NUS has specially constructed a programme where trainees will receive training not only in the deep skills required for the particular industry (Professional and Technological Literacy), but also in the broad interpersonal skills (Human and Managerial Literacy) and the increasingly important pillar of data and digital skills (Data and Artificial Intelligence Literacy).

Sequence

Area

Courses

1

Human and Managerial Literacy

  • Professional Certificate in Human and Automated Managerial Skills
  • Success: Practical Thinking Skills

2

Data and Artificial Intelligence Literacy

  • Professional Certificate: Business Analytics and AI for Finance, Retail and Supply Chain
  • AI, Business Analytics, Cloud and Data (ABCDs)

3

 

Professional and Technological Literacy

  • Professional Certificate: FinTech Associate (Level 1)
  • Professional Certificate: FinTech Developer (Level 2)
  • Professional Certificate: FinTech Senior Developer (Level 3)
  • Applied Scrum for Agile Project Management
  • Digital Transformation in Business

4

  • Project Work

  


Transport and Logistics (coming soon)

 

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Programme Overview

The NUS SGUS Programme in Logistics and Port Operations is designed to train individuals to be competent professionals in logistics and port operations. It provides upskilling opportunities in the areas of port processes, warehouse automation and robotic systems. It also covers the concepts of supply chain management and inventory management.

Pre-requisites

  • Computer Literate
  • Microsoft Excel and Word – Intermediate level
  • Basic Mathematics knowledge
  • At least a polytechnic diploma (or equivalent) in a program related to science and technology

Programme outline

NUS has specially constructed a programme where trainees will receive training not only in the deep skills required for the particular industry (Professional and Technological Literacy), but also in the broad interpersonal skills (Human and Managerial Literacy) and the increasingly important pillar of data and digital skills (Data and Artificial Intelligence Literacy).

Sequence

Area

Courses

1

Human and Managerial Literacy

  • Professional Certificate in Human and Automated Managerial Skills
  • Success: Practical Thinking Skills

2

Data and Artificial Intelligence Literacy

  • Professional Certificate in Data Literacy in Maritime Logistics
  • Essential Statistics for Data Analysis using Excel

3

 

Professional and Technological Literacy

  • Professional Certificate in Port Logistics
  • Professional Certificate in Logistics and Warehouse Management
  • Professional Certificate in Port and Logistics Automation
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Master Control in Supply Chain Management and Logistics
  • Getting Started with the Internet of Things (IoT)

4

  • Project Work

  


Eligibility

The NUS SGUnited Skills programme is open to Singaporean Citizen or Permanent Resident mid-career jobseekers.

Application Process


For programmes delivered by NUS-ISS, please apply at www.iss.nus.edu.sg/executive-education/sgus

For all other programmes, please follow the application process below:

  1. Interested applicants should first apply through NUS’ partner the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i). The application form can be accessed here.
  2. e2i will ascertain if you meet the pre-requisites listed for the sector that you are interested in. If you do, NUS will contact you next.
  3. We will assess your suitability for the NUS SGUnited Skills programme based on your overall application and an interview (optional), and offer you a place in the NUS SGUnited Skills programme if you are suitable.

Please be aware that it might take up to a month for us to confirm whether you are offered a place in the NUS SGUnited Skills programme or not.

Cost

The NUS SGUnited Skills programme is subsidised by SkillsFuture Singapore; trainees will pay a net fee of $500 for a 6-month programme. You may pay this $500 fee with your SkillsFuture Credit (SFC), if you have sufficient balance in your SFC account.

Recruitment

Employers who are interested in recruiting the trainees in the NUS SGUnited Skills programme are welcome to write to us at ask.scale@nus.edu.sg.

Employees of SGUnited Skills programme trainees are entitled to the Enhanced Hiring Incentive, which is part of the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package. It covers local workers of all ages, with increased support for those aged 40 and above.

Salary support

  • Employers that hire a local worker aged 40 and above who had gone through the NUS SGUnited Skills programme can receive salary support of 40% for six months, capped at $12,000 in total.
  • Employers that hire a local worker aged below 40 who had gone through the NUS SGUnited Skills programme can receive salary support of 20% for six months, capped at $6,000 in total.

For more information, please visit SkillsFuture Singapore and Workforce Singapore’s SGUnited Jobs and Skills website.


Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions


1. Who can apply for the NUS SGUnited Skills Programme?

Singaporean Citizen or Permanent Resident mid-career jobseekers can apply for the NUS SGUnited Skills Programme. We also recommend that you check that you meet the pre-requisites for our programmes in the relevant sector before you apply.

2. Who is the NUS SGUnited Skills Programme suitable for?

The NUS SGUnited Skills Programme website lists the pre-requisites for each sector’s programme (NUS offers training programmes in a few sectors). The pre-requisites give a sense of the target audience and suitable applicants for each programme.

Application Process

1. How do I apply? Do you have an application form?

For programmes delivered by NUS-ISS, please apply at www.iss.nus.edu.sg/executive-education/sgus

For all other programmes, please apply through our partner the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i). The application form can be accessed here. For more details, please take a look at the Application section of our website.

2. Do I need to have an undergraduate Bachelor’s degree?

NUS offers SGUnited Skills programmes in a few sectors, and each sector has its own pre-requisites. Most sectors will require a polytechnic diploma at minimum.

Job placement

1. Will NUS help to find me a job?

NUS will provide career-related webinars and connect trainees to government agencies and relevant employers to help them in their job search. However, NUS cannot guarantee job placement at the end of the 6-month programme even though it will make the utmost effort to support trainees in their job search.

2. Can I drop out halfway if I find a job? Will I be penalised?

Please refer to the FAQs at SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)’s SGUnited Skills website:

“The programmes allow trainees to exit without penalty if they are successfully placed into a job or have secured a job on their own accord while undergoing training. However, trainees who exit the programme without a valid reason may be asked to return the course fee subsidy that they have received.”

3. Can I drop out halfway even if I don’t find a job, if I don’t feel the course is suitable for me? Will I be penalised?

Please refer to the FAQs at SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)’s SGUnited Skills website:

“The programmes allow trainees to exit without penalty if they are successfully placed into a job or have secured a job on their own accord while undergoing training. However, trainees who exit the programme without a valid reason may be asked to return the course fee subsidy that they have received.”

Training


1. Will the NUS SGUnited Skills Programme I complete count towards any NUS undergraduate or post-graduate degree?

No, the NUS SGUnited Skills Programme is non-credit bearing and cannot count towards any NUS undergraduate or post-graduate degree.

2. Can I defer the training if I have to disrupt the training?

Please refer to the FAQs at SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)’s SGUnited Skills website:

“As the SGUS is a full-time training programme, existing trainees and jobseekers should not apply for the programme if they are unable to commit to full-time training over the six to 12-month training duration.”

3. Will existing trainees under other programmes be allowed to join the NUS SGUnited Skills programme?

As the NUS SGUnited Skills  programme is a full-time training programme, existing trainees and jobseekers should not apply for the programme if they are unable to commit to full-time training over the six to 12-month training duration.

4. Will trainees who fail the programme be required to refund the course fee subsidy?

Similar to existing requirements for other training grants administered by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), trainees must fulfill minimum attendance requirements and pass the assessments to qualify for course fee subsidies. Trainees who are unable to meet these requirements may be asked to return the course fee subsidies that they have received.

Course Fee


1. When do I have pay the training fees?

Please refer to the FAQs at SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)’s SGUnited Skills website:

“The nett fees are to be paid upfront.” The nett fee for NUS’ 6-month SGUnited Skills Programme is $500; the rest is subsidised by SSG.

2. Can I use SkillsFuture (SF) Credit to pay the training? What if I do not have enough SF credits?

Please refer to the FAQs at SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)’s SGUnited Skills website:

“Yes, trainees can use their SkillsFuture Credit top-up and additional SkillsFuture Credit (Mid-Career Support) for SGUS programmes once they are enrolled, even before 1 Oct 2020 when those top-ups will be available for use across a wider set of programmes.”

Training Allowance

1. Will trainees be eligible for training allowance if they do not complete the programmes?

Trainees will only be eligible for training allowance for the months in which they attend training and meet the minimum attendance requirement. The training allowance will be discontinued once the trainee leaves the programme, including early exit due to job placement.

There is no proration of the training allowance for trainees who leave after completing a partial month of training.

2. When and how will trainees receive their monthly training allowance?

Trainees will receive their training allowance at the beginning of the subsequent month via PayNow. Trainees will need to have a PayNow account linked to their NRIC. Prior to payment, training providers will also need to verify that the trainees have fulfilled the minimum attendance requirement for each month.

For training programmes that commence in the middle of the calendar month, the training allowance for the first and last calendar months of the programme will be pro-rated as follows:

Programme Start Date

Training allowance for first month

Training allowance for last month

1st to 15th of month

Full-month training allowance

No training allowance

16th to 31st of month

Half-month training allowance

Half-month training allowance

Hiring Incentives


1. Is the Enhanced Hiring Incentive applicable to the SGUS programme?

Yes, the NUS SGUnited Skills programme is eligible for the Enhanced Hiring Incentive, which was first introduced as part of the SkillsFuture Mid-Career Support Package in the February 2020 Unity Budget and expanded under the Fortitude Budget.

The incentive has been expanded to cover workers of all ages, with higher support for those aged 40 and above. Employers who hire NUS SGUnited Skills programme trainees aged below 40 can receive 20% salary support for 6 months (capped at $6,000 in total), while those who hire trainees aged 40 and above can receive 40% salary support for 6 months (capped at $12,000 in total).

Further details on the application process and qualifying period will be released subsequently.

For any other questions, please contact us at ask.scale@nus.edu.sg.
 
07 August 2020