Singapore makes fintech talent flourish

Singapore makes fintech talent flourish

Byte Academy has unveiled its first international campus outside of New York with programmes in fintech, data science and Python full-stack development. The new campus is based in Singapore, supported by Standard Chartered Bank, IBM, Thomson Reuters, Microsoft and the Insead business school.

These companies have come together to create the FinTech Skills Charter. One of the stakeholders, Standard Chartered, says “this pro-bono advisory committee will help steer and set best-in-class standards for fintech development in Singapore through active engagement with Byte Academy to configure all the policies and procedures for the benefit of the larger fintech community in Singapore”.

Byte Academy founder, Rak Chugh, states: “Technology is rapidly growing with new innovative solutions being created every day. This means that jobs and its relevant skill sets are evolving at a faster pace than ever. With the help from industry partners to constantly review and refine the curriculum, this will help ensure Singaporeans are better-equipped, better matched with the current industry demands with the applicable technical knowledge and skills.”

Byte Academy has also collaborated with the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) “to provide individuals with a passion in technology, finance and data science, a fast track to opportunities within the fintech and data science domain through IMDA’s Tech Immersion and Placement Programme (TIPP)”.

As part of its work with IMDA, Byte Academy Singapore will offer its 12-week full-time courses and individual eight-week short courses focusing on fintech and software development.

It will provide guaranteed job placements to its full-time course graduates through key partners in major tech and banking companies. Byte Academy says “it stands by this guarantee, committing to refund the full course fee, should they fail to place its graduates in a role within six months of course completion”.

In their support of local tech talent, Byte Academy and IMDA offer subsidised rates for Singaporean citizens (up to 70% off the listed rates).

Byte Academy is inviting individuals from communities such as:

  • career switchers without programming background and interested in a career in tech;
  • current IT and banking professionals interested in up-skilling for new tech positions, or exploring entering the finance, fintech and data science industries;
  • fresh graduates from science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and other disciplines, with no prior programming knowledge, and with a passion in fintech or data science;
  • start-up founders and early employees who are under-equipped to design, programme and ship their own products.