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An immersive learning academy, new certification programme for software engineers, and more: Meta's Upskill 2022 initiative

An immersive learning academy, new certification programme for software engineers, and more: Meta's Upskill 2022 initiative

The new Meta Immersive Learning Academy (MILA) will enable beginner and professional AR and VR creators to build their skills and capabilities. Singapore will be the first country to launch MILA in the region.

Meta has introduced two new programmes and two curriculum updates under the 2022 edition of its Upskill initiative, the company's largest training initiative in Singapore. 

Announced at a launch event attended by Human Resources Online on Tuesday (14 June 2022), the programmes are namely:

  • The new Meta Immersive Learning Academy (MILA), an educational programme that will enable beginner and professional augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) creators to build their skills and capabilities. Singapore will be the first country to launch MILA in the region;
  • New Coursera certification programmes for software engineering, where Meta will offer 200 scholarships for Singaporean learners;
  • An exclusive Meta Career Programs Job Board for Meta-certified professionals, and
  • Boost 2.0 – a mentoring programme for Singapore SMEs, curated by Meta in partnership with SGTech.

Upskill is an initiative targeted at students, job seekers, working professionals, academics, and businesses, run by Meta and supported by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), Enterprise Singapore (ESG), and Digital Industry Singapore (DISG). As part of this, the four above-mentioned programmes will run in phases from June 2022

Commenting on the initiative, Damian Kim, Singapore Managing Director, Meta, said on Tuesday: "We are extremely encouraged by the reception we've seen for Upskill since its 2021 launch, and in just over a year, our initiatives have benefited more than 3,600 individuals and 300 SMEs.

"This is why we are proud to announce the four new upskilling initiatives today, as we continue to play an active role in supporting Singapore’s talent. To unlock the potential for our communities to use emerging technology to live, work and play, we need to invest in skills development and training. These new initiatives will further provide the Singapore community and local businesses not only with invaluable skills, but also enable them to find and create jobs and industries of the future."

"With the metaverse expected to add S$1tn to the APAC economy by 2031 and the need to increase Singapore’s digital workers to 1.2mn – up 55% from current levels – by 2025, Meta’s investment in these new initiatives is the company’s contribution to ensure Singapore’s workforce has the necessary skills to participate in the next evolution of the internet," it was noted in a press release.

"Singapore’s burgeoning creators ecosystem will also receive a boost from MILA, which will help spearhead the next generation of creators to earn the necessary certifications to build a career in AR and VR."

In the same vein, Minister of Communications and Information Josephine Teo, who was present at the event, affirmed: "A future-ready workforce helps a nation seize growth opportunities, benefitting individuals and society. One area of growth is digital. In Southeast Asia, the digital economy is expected to more than double in size between end-2021 and 2025, according to a report by Google, Bain, and Temasek.

"Without the right skill sets, some workers will lose their relevance and find themselves in a very difficult position. With the right skill sets, those very same workers could thrive and bring a whole new lease of life to their careers, and invigorate their family circumstances and uplift the community that they are a part of."

Details on Upskill 2022


       Meta Immersive Learning Academy

     Meta Career Programs: Software Engineering   Professional Certificates 

    Meta Career Programs Job Board 

                 Meta Boost 

    About the programme

The Meta Immersive learning Academy (MILA) offers a complete journey for anyone keen to explore the rapidly growing field of extended reality (XR) technologies. It is designed to deploy educational programmes such as the Spark AR Curriculum, which teaches creators how to build AR experiences using Spark AR.

Today, this ranges from AR effects that are applied to people and objects, and are increasingly applied to places and spaces in the world around us. The ILA also features a creators ecosystem that allows the next generation of creators to earn the necessary certifications to build a career in augmented reality, have a chance to be mentored by industry experts, participate in real life briefs, and monetise and market their Spark AR creations.

Meta provides 200 scholarships for Singaporean learners targeting entry-level software engineering learners regardless of education, background —no degree or experience necessary. Our current career credentialing programmes are for anyone who wants to launch their career as a front-end developer, back-end developer, ios developer, android developer, and database engineer.

In these learning programmes, learners will be guided through each step to ensure they master the core skills at their own pace. They will also build on-the-job experience through hands-on projects that will help them land their next job.

 The Meta Career Programs Job Board is an exclusive job search platform that connects Meta certified professionals with 200+ top employers who have committed to sourcing talent through Meta Career Programs.

Meta Career Programs offers free online courses where learners can gain in-demand digital skills in high-growth fields and earn an industry-recognized credential. 87% of certified learners experienced improved knowledge.

By sourcing talent through this Job Board, employers can also tap into a pool of highly-qualified candidates from diverse and inclusive backgrounds. 79% of employers say certified employees produce higher quality work.

The Meta Boost programme aims to provide free educational workshops and is designed to empower local businesses and communities with digital skills that can help them engage successfully.

The programme includes a range of digital formats that can be used to help deliver education and diverse perspectives from partners and businesses.

This year’s programme includes a range of webinars and a mentoring programme for local SMEs. The mentorship will cover social and digital marketing capabilities as well as crucial growth areas such as product development, HR, and finance.

    Who it is recommended for Students, learners and creators looking to learn how to build AR experiences using Spark AR Up to 300 students, comprising Secondary and tertiary students, will experience a Spark AR Bootcamp programme in collaboration with the IMDA More ILA programmes will be rolled out in the near future.

 Students and entry-level working professionals and career-switchers seeking to develop software engineering skills Scholarship eligibility requirements:

  • Singaporeans and PR, minimum age of 17 years old

An initial 200 slots will be open.

Meta certified professionals who are looking to launch their career in the tech industry in Singapore.

Companies looking to hire Meta-certified tech talent in Singapore.

 Small business owners or small business marketers Up to 1000 SMEs with a focus on F&B, retail, and services will be invited to training webinars.
  Certification N/AN/A Free (by invitation)
    AvailabilityH2 2022 August 2022  H2 2022 H2 2022
    Cost & durationFreeFree (One-year scholarship at USD49 a month per participant, fully borne by Meta); duration of one yearFreeDuration of one year


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Lead image / Journalist's own, taken at the Upskill 2022 launch event on 14 June 2022

[Pictured from L-R Clara Koh, Head of Public Policy, Singapore and ASEAN, Meta; Damian Kim, Singapore Managing Director, Meta; Josephine TeoMinister of Communications and Information; Aisyah Aman Aljunied, Upskill 2021 Graduate, and Rajeshpal Singh, Director of Government Affairs & Strategic Partnerships, SGTECH.

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