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Singaporeans will soon have a new route to high-value careers in intellectual property (IP) and innovation, with the launch of the new professional conversion programme (PCP) for IP Professionals – a collaboration between Workforce Singapore (WSG) and IPOS.
The programme is part of IPOS’ ongoing efforts to build IP and innovation expertise as the nation readies itself for an increasing demand for such skillsets as projected in the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE) report.
The new PCP adopts a “place and train” model, where individuals are hired and trained for IP or innovation job roles in companies. This $2.2 million programme provides course fee and salary support to train individuals with the skills to help enterprises translate their innovations and creations into products and assets.
Tan Choon Shian, chief Executive of WSG commented in the press release: “In an innovation driven economy, IP assets are key to an organisation’s competitive edge and need to be managed appropriately. The launch of the PCP for IP professionals is timely, as it helps employers access a pipeline of talent with IP skillsets, and at the same time provides mid-career professionals the opportunity to build careers in a growing sector.”
Additionally, chief executive of IPOS, Daren Tang said: “Singapore needs people skilled in translating ideas and IP into products and assets. Such expertise in IP and innovation management will be of immense value to any enterprise that whose business model is centred around technology, brands, designs or content.”
“We strongly encourage Singaporeans who are interested in building their careers and developing skills around innovation to seize this opportunity to take on exciting, high-value jobs that will be increasingly be in demand in Singapore and the region,” he added.
Applications for the first intake of the PCP for IP Professionals will open from 20 March to 31 May 2017. In fact, SIM University’s (UniSIM) modular and skills-based graduate programme in IP and innovation management is supported under this PCP.
Designed with mid-careerists in mind, modules taken under the UniSIM course can lead to a master’s degree or graduate diploma. Enrollment for the first cohort is now open till 31 May 2017, with the first round of interview and selection taking place in April 2017. The course commences in July 2017.
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