Exciting programmes lined up to cultivate students’ passion and talent in FinTech
Singapore, 1 February 2017 – The five local polytechnics and Singapore FinTech Association (SFA) have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to deepen collaboration between educators and the FinTech industry. This supports the PolyFinTech 100 initiative, launched last October to develop a strong talent pool trained in financial technology to aid Singapore in becoming a Smart Financial Centre.
This is the first MOU that SFA has inked with the polytechnics – Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic. The MOU underscores SFA’s commitment to enhance the FinTech eco-system through active and continuous engagement of polytechnic students.
According to a survey conducted in 2015, employers estimated that there would be 5,100 vacancies for roles within network and infrastructure in the next three years (2016-2018), with a further 5,700 jobs in data analytics and cyber security. This collaboration prepares polytechnic graduates to meet these demands. Additionally, the involvement of start-ups, financial institutions and regulatory bodies will ensure that the programmes developed are relevant to industry needs.
Plans for 2017 include:
On FinTech’s burgeoning role in Singapore, SFA’s President Mr Chia Hock Lai, said: “This MOU kick-starts an enriching partnership with the polytechnics to nurture a pool of skilled manpower for the flourishing FinTech community – a critical success factor for FinTech development in Singapore.”
Mr Clarence Ti, Principal of Ngee Ann Polytechnic, the SkillsFuture Sector Coordinator for Accountancy and Financial Services, added: “Following the PolyFinTech 100 launch during the last quarter of 2016, we have gathered good momentum and achieved our target of securing 100 internships within two months. We are excited that this timely partnership with SFA will help open up more opportunities for polytechnic students to keep abreast of the FinTech sector’s evolving needs, fuel their passion for the sector and upgrade their skillsets to meet industry demands.”
For media queries, please contact:
Ngee Ann Polytechnic Singapore FinTech Association
Ms Grace Yeoh Ms Caroline Bowler
Corporate Communications Office Bowlah PR
DID: +65 6460 7362 DID: +65 8332 7688
Other Media Contacts:
Nanyang Polytechnic Singapore Polytechnic
Ms Wong Cuiyan Mr Frank Chua
Communications & Outreach Development Department of Communications
Republic Polytechnic Temasek Polytechnic
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Tel: 9767 6701 / 9018 0719 Tel: 6780 5019
About Singapore Fintech Association
The Singapore Fintech Association (SFA) is a cross-industry non-profit organization designed to facilitate collaboration between all market participants and stakeholders in the FinTech ecosystem. Its members represent the full range of stakeholders in the FinTech industry, from early stage innovative companies to large financial players and service providers. The SFA also partners with institutions and other associations, from Singapore and globally, to cooperate on initiatives relating to the FinTech industry. Find out more at SingaporeFintech.org.
About PolyFinTech 100
PolyFinTech 100 aims to nurture a pool of skilled manpower to further develop Singapore as a Smart Financial Centre. It seeks to work with the FinTech community globally to provide internships and mentoring opportunities to polytechnic students who are keen to pursue careers in FinTech, helping them understand markets, technology, skills, ecosystem actors and regulatory environment. Find out more at www.polyfintech100.sg/.
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For more information on the various polytechnics, please visit:
Ngee Ann Polytechnic
 Statistics extracted from Annual Survey on Infocomm manpower 2015: https://www.imda.gov.sg/~/media/imda/files/industry%20development/fact%20and%20figures/infocomm%20survey%20reports/0201%20infocomm%20manpower%20survey%202015public%20reportfinal.pdf?la=en