Singapore Polytechnic (SP) has recently partnered with the Token Economy Association (TEA) to launch a series of courses for the fintech and blockchain industry.

This is in an effort to address the 'critical skill shortage' against the demand for blockchain development skills in Singapore, as announced in a joint press release.

The first of the Deep Dive Series of courses, focused on blockchain, was launched on Saturday (31 August) in conjunction with the Singapore Blockchain Day. The launch event was graced by Patrick Tay, Assistant Secretary-General, NTUC.

Besides that, SP and TEA have jointly inked a memorandum of understanding with the Banking and Financial Services Union (BFSU), Employment and Employability Institute (e2i), Enterprise Singapore, and Workforce Singapore (WSG), to develop the capabilities of fintech and blockchain talents through platforms such as course and workshops.

About the Deep Dive Series on blockchain

The Deep Dive Series on blockchain are new courses curated by TEA, with course content designed mainly by Dr Ernie Teo, a former blockchain research scientist at IBM.

The series is meant for professionals with good existing knowledge of software programming, who desire to improve their level of proficiency in blockchain application development.

Commenting on the need for such initiatives, Selena Huynh, Director of the Creative & Professional Services Division, WSG, said: "There are strong employment opportunities within Singapore's fintech industry and blockchain is an increasingly in-demand skill."

She also added that in allowing Singaporeans to better tap on employment opportunities, WSG intends to embark on a new professional conversion programme on blockchain which will be launched later this year.

"This will help to promote career mobility and reskill professionals into jobs in high growth areas as part of the financial services industry transformation, which is in line with WSG's Adapt and Grow initiative."

Photo / SP Pace Academy