The DBS Future Tech Academy aims to build a learning ecosystem that incorporates a blended pedagogical approach tapping on both external experts as well as internally developed content and certifications.
DBS has announced the launch of an in-house digital training institute to keep its close to 5,000-strong technology workforce updated with the most cutting-edge skills for the future.
Known as the DBS Future Tech Academy, the training institute will cover three technology disciplines for a start, namely:
- Site reliability engineering (SRE);
- Data processing and analytics; and
- Application security.
The financial services group will then evaluate more programmes to cover other key technology domains in the next twelve months.
About the DBS Future Tech Academy
In a press release on Thursday (7 January), DBS said the new academy aims to "build a learning ecosystem that incorporates a blended pedagogical approach tapping on both external experts as well as internally developed content and certifications." This, it believes, will enable employees to acquire the latest technology skillsets from external industry experts, and immediately apply their new skills to relevant technology projects being rolled out by the bank.
To complement the training programmes offered by the academy, the bank's technologists will also be granted complementary access to technology-focused digital learning libraries such as O’Reilly and Pluralsight. This will enable them to pick up salient skills and knowledge in a "just-in-time manner."
Commenting on this, Jimmy Ng, Group Chief Information Officer, DBS, said: "DBS is always looking for innovative ways to maximise the potential of existing and emerging technologies to deliver differentiated and exceptional services to our customers. To do that, we need to ensure that our technologists are equipped with the right skills so that we can continue delivering joyful banking experiences.
"Having our own DBS Future Tech Academy gives us the agility to adapt our training curricula according the bank’s needs and enables us to stay ahead of the massive changes around us."
Apart from the above, DBS has also announced that it will be sponsoring the training of around 200 Singaporeans who are currently undergoing traineeships with the organisation, in a commitment to growing Singapore's technology talent pool. The trainees will go through skills certification programmes offered by the academy and also be given free access to the digital learning libraries.
"By equipping the trainees with foundational skills in growth technology areas, DBS hopes to encourage them to pursue a longer-term career in technology regardless of whether they stay on with the bank after their traineeships."
Ng added: "With digital trends and adoption set to accelerate in the next normal, technology will continue to be a core driver of change in the way we live, work, and play. Growing the pool of technology talent in Singapore will place the country in good stead as we respond to the disruptions ahead."
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