By Kareyst Lin
Jan. 9, 2017
More than 126,000 Singaporeans have used their SkillsFuture Credit to upskill or reskill in 2016, with information and communications technology (ICT) courses in greatest demand across all age groups.
Each Singaporean aged 25 and above was given S$500 in credit they could use from the beginning of 2016, in the government's bid to promote lifelong learning, local media Today said on 9 January 2017.
The government agency SkillsFuture Singapore said that younger Singaporeans enrolled for ICT courses in emerging areas such as data analytics. On the other hand, older Singaporeans acquired more fundamental ICT skills such as basic computer functions.
Other popular areas of training were language skills, productivity and innovation, and security and investigation.
Timothy Chan, Director of Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) Global Education's academic division, said that ICT courses were probably in demand because the currency of knowledge and cycle of competency in the sector is "very short."
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) proved to be popular among those under age 40, SkillsFuture Singapore said in an update on 8 January 2017. The three most popular MOOCs were the Master of Business Administration, the Python programming language, and web development.