DBS builds Future Tech Academy to equip its technology workforce

DBS builds Future Tech Academy to equip its technology workforce

The Singapore bank will sponsor training for 200 Singaporeans to enhance the local technology talent pool

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DBS has launched an in-house digital training institute to ensure that their technology workforce is up to date on the latest skills for the future.  

The DBS Future Tech Academy will cover three technology disciplines: 

  1. Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) 
  2. Data Processing and Analytics 
  3. Application Security 

DBS is expected to include more programmes to cover other key technology domains in the next twelve months. 

With the Future Tech Academy, DBS hopes to aid their employees with acquiring the latest technology skillsets from external industry experts and immediately apply these new skills to relevant technology projects doled out by the bank. 

Additionally, the bank’s technologists will also gain complementary access to technology-focused digital learning libraries such as O’Reily and Pluralsight to allow them to pick up the necessary skills and knowledge in a timely manner.  

Jimmy Ng, Group Chief Information Officer, DBS, said, “DBS is always looking for innovative ways to maximise the potential of existing and emerging technologies to deliver differentiated and exceptional services to our customers. To do that, we need to ensure that our technologists are equipped with the right skills so that we can continue delivering joyful banking experiences. Having our own Future Tech Academy gives us the agility to adapt our training curricula according the bank’s needs and enables us to stay ahead of the massive changes around us.” 

In an effort to develop the technology talent pool in Singapore, DBS will also be sponsoring the training of 200 Singaporeans who are currently undergoing traineeships with the bank. These trainees will undergo a skills certification programme offered by the DBS Future Tech Academy and will be given free access to the digital learning libraries, equipping them with foundational skills needed in growth technology areas.  

Ng added that DBS is contributing to the Smart Nation agenda by helping to groom a pool of young Singaporean technologists prepared for the future.  

“With digital trends and adoption set to accelerate in the next normal, technology will continue to be a core driver of change in the way we live, work, and play. Growing the pool of technology talent in Singapore will place the country in good stead as we respond to the disruptions ahead.” 

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