Kaplan Learning Institute (KLI), a corporate training provider in Singapore, and Metis, a provider of data science skills training for individuals and businesses, officially announced the launch of the Metis Data Science Bootcamp @ Kaplan on 15 February 2019. The collaboration sees KLI bringing a local perspective to Metis’ boot camp that runs in the United States (US).
Launched by Kaplan Inc. in the US, in 2014, Metis is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), an agency recognized by the US Department of Education. To be accredited by ACCET, high levels of standards are set, which include demanding review and approval of curriculum, instructional personnel, instructional delivery, and admissions and student services. All Metis boot camps are designed and taught by data science practitioners. Its alumni in the US have gone on to work at top companies including IBM, Spotify, Facebook, Deloitte, Apple, and many more.
The Metis Data Science Bootcamp @ Kaplan in Singapore will allow participants to equip themselves with tech skills in data science tools such as the Python coding environment, Machine Learning, interactive data visualization and other modern big data tools and architecture. Conducted over a period of 12 weeks, participants in the boot camp will complete five projects that can be included in their professional portfolio to demonstrate their ability to design, implement and communicate the results of data science projects for business usage, which is a highly-sought after skillset in data science professionals. Upon successful completion of the boot camp, graduates will receive a Metis Certificate of Completion and transcript, recognized on an equal merit to those received by the boot camp participants in the US.
Supported by both the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) Tech Skills Accelerator (TeSA) Tech Immersion and Placement Programme (TIPP)1, and the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i), the Metis Data Science Bootcamp @ Kaplan will aid in the development of a digital and connected society. One of the strategies outlined by Singapore’s Infocomm Media Industry Transformation Map is the strengthening of the nation’s building capabilities in frontier technologies such as Data Analytics. In an era where data analytics can help companies make informed decisions for revenue and growth, proficiency in data analytics is a skill that is highly sought after not only by those within the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector, but even across various industry sectors such as finance, retail and healthcare. According to a report by LinkedIn, the data scientist profession is the top emerging job in Singapore.
Trainees eligible for the Metis Data Science Bootcamp @ Kaplan, may enjoy course fee support through TeSA TIPP. Participants may also receive support for job placement in tech-related roles from e2i, one of the placement partners for the boot camp.
“There remains a strong demand for ICT skills and talent, of which expertise in data analytics will play a pivotal role in the digital transformation of industries and businesses,” said Howie Lau, Chief Industry Development Officer, IMDA. “The collaboration between Kaplan Learning Institute and Metis to offer immersive training and job placement support will be beneficial for individuals who are seeking a rewarding career in the field of data science. Our local professionals can leverage on TeSA to upskill or reskill, thereby seizing opportunities and reaping rewards in the digital economy.”
“In our move toward the digital economy, acquiring relevant skills in artificial intelligence and data analytics are vital as these will boost our workers’ competencies – including the ability to optimize the collection and use of data for customer profiling and intelligence for product enhancement, research and development, and strategic planning. Together with Kaplan Learning Institute and Infocomm Media Development Authority, e2i will outreach to our network of partners, and encourage Singaporeans to level up their digital readiness with the Metis Data Science Bootcamp,” said Gilbert Tan, CEO of e2i.
1 The Tech Immersion and Placement Programme (TIPP) aims to convert non-ICT professionals into industry-ready ICT professionals. They will be placed into tech job roles, after undergoing an immersive training course or mentorship and coaching programme delivered by industry practitioners.