The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is committed to growing Singapore into a dynamic global infocomm hub. IDA uses an integrated approach to developing info-communications in Singapore. This involves nurturing a competitive telecoms market as well as a conducive business environment with programmes and schemes for both local and international companies.
IDA is committed to developing both students and professionals in the infocomm profession.
IDA programmes for undergraduates/students:
(1) Infocomm Club
An MOE endorsed pre-tertiary Co-curricular Acitivity (CCA) for primary schools to junior colleges that aims to let students gain infocomm skills in a fun and meaningful way. So far, more than 270 schools have started an Infocomm Club within the school.
(2) National Infocomm Competition (NIC)
The National Infocomm Competition (NIC) is a series of infocomm-themed competitions to allow students to be exposed to infocomm areas such as programming, mobile application development, networking, games design and creation. Students across primary schools to universities compete in the various competitions and individual champions are crowned in the yearly awards ceremony.
(3) Integrated Infocomm Scholarship (IIS)
The Integrated Infocomm Scholarship (IIS) offers bright ‘O’ level students an exciting path into the world of infocomm from polytechnic through to university. Along the journey, scholars pursuing their infocomm studies with IIS will benefit from valuable industry attachments with major corporations locally and overseas.
(4) National Infocomm Scholarship (NIS)
The National Infocomm Scholarship (NIS) offers outstanding ‘A’ level students and polytechnic graduates a wealth of exciting career opportunities at leading organizations. Pursue infocomm at renown international or Singapore universities and gain experience through job attachment opportunities both locally and overseas.
(5) Enhanced Learning in Infocomm Technology (ELITe)
The Enhanced Learning in Infocomm Technology (ELITe) is a talent development programme that aims to develop "industry-ready" infocomm graduates. A core group of university graduates will be given opportunities to acquire practical exposure through industry attachments, mentorship, projects and skills development through certifications.
The Computer Science (CS) Reloaded Programme ams to deliver enrichment courses to pre-tertiary students to deepen their infocomm skills by supporting course fees for students to take up computational thinking courses, through their schools. Through the programme, students will have the opportunity to take up computational thinking courses such as Game Programming, Python Programming and Cloud Computing, to expose themselves to different computing concepts and their application.
The Junior College Computing Award (JCA) is given to local junior college students who have an aptitude in computing and infocomm, and are keen to pursue H2 and/or H3 computing as a GCE 'A' Level subject. The JC Computing Award comes with attractive benefits and provides awardees the opportunities to expose themselves to various industry partners, infocomm events and workshops.
The IT Exposed programme aims to generate curiosity, interest and passion for infocomm amongst youth. The programme seeks to equip Infocomm Club students with computing concepts and skills through training workshops aimed at deepening the programming skills of primary and secondary school students.
IDA programmes for professionals/undergraduates:
(1) Critical Infocomm Technology Resource Programme (CITREP)
The Critical Infocomm Technology Resource Programme (CITREP) is a training incentive programme to equip Singapore infocomm professionals with critical and emerging skills, thus enabling them to enhance their employability and to improve their organisations’ competitive advantage. The programme supports the course and examination fees for endorsed courses and certifications.
(2) Infocomm Leadership and Development Programme (iLEAD)
The Infocomm Leadership and Development Programme (iLEAD) offers training and attachment opportunities to fresh graduates and infocomm professionals through local and overseas internships and courses. iLEAD provides companies funding support to train existing employees as well as take in new trainees in infocomm technology skills which are considered niche, such as Application Development, Cloud/Grid Computing, Green IT, Infocomm Security and Network Engineering.
(3) National Infocomm Competency Framework (NICF)
Jointly-developed by IDA, WDA and the industry, the National Infocomm Competency Framework (NICF) is a standard that defines the certification and competency requirements for infocomm professionals to develop competencies relevant for their career and hence improving the employability of our workforce.
Financial Assistance For PC and Broadband:
(1) Neu PC Plus
For those without a computer, the NEU PC Plus Programme provides affordable computer bundles with software and 3 years free broadband subscription, if you qualify for the scheme.
For more information, visit IDA's website at www.ida.gov.sg.