Whether it’s specialised skills like coding or popular ones like digital marketing, job requirements today are getting increasingly tech-focussed. For fresh graduates aiming to beef up their CV or mid-career switchers looking to add experience in different fields, YouthTech traineeships will give you a boost to unlock opportunities in the field of technology.
Open to recent graduates and mid-career switchers under the age of 35, this programme by the National Youth Council offers placements in a range of sectors such as social services, sports and youth. As a bonus, you’ll also receive an allowance of between $1,700 – $2,500 while you equip yourself with valuable skills to stand out in your future workplace.
Get matched to jobs based on your skillset
Especially for those with a unique range of skills and interests, YouthTech traineeships take away the hassle of hunting for a role that suits you. Before you start your YouthTech journey, you’ll be assessed on your skills and matched with an optimal industry, before embarking on an orientation programme to fast-track your learning.
Once you’re set, you’ll be paired with a host organisation to collaborate on digital projects throughout your traineeship.
Earn while learning about an industry you’re passionate about
The YouthTech programme lets you learn skills that will be put to good use at various host organisations like the Singapore Association of the Deaf, Malay Heritage Foundation and Fei Yue Family Service Centre. At these placements, you’ll unlock access to a variety of roles in tech – ranging from digital designer and marketer to more specialised ones like a technical specialist.
Apart from having a keen eye for design and a passion for creating engaging content, being a digital designer can include a wide variety of other skills. Specialisations range from UX/UI, writing and editing articles to designing graphics and editing video content, giving you plenty of room to expand your repertoire of abilities.
Those with a keen eye for aesthetics will also shine as a digital designer when it comes to UI/UX design. By crafting user-friendly and optimised interfaces, you might soon be the face behind the next killer mobile app.
YouthTech trainees focussing on digital design at companies like Happiness Initiative can even get the lowdown on technical skills like user research and social media marketing. This lets them understand their target audience, as they craft content perfectly designed for customers and users.
If you’re always in on the latest trends on social media and technology, a role in digital marketing might just be your cup of tea.
Encompassing a whole range of responsibilities and skill sets, the YouthTech digital marketing traineeship will be sure to hone your eye for content. From crafting viral campaigns and catchy slogans to learning to analyse consumer data for the most effective outreach efforts, this traineeship might transform you into a top candidate that might just help supercharge the next Apple.
If you’re the go-to “tech support” for family and friends, go “pro” with some on-job experience as a technical specialist.
Technical specialists aren’t just coders who spend hours each day developing websites and apps – they also are equipped with a whole range of skills ranging from cloud computing and data analytics. It’s a steep but rewarding learning curve as knowledge about cutting edge tech is highly demanded by companies in Singapore and beyond.
Other unique roles and opportunities
YouthTech encompasses several other traineeship opportunities that you may opt for, letting you focus on specific skill sets for your budding career in tech. From video production roles for those keen on making headway in film and media, to specialised positions in data analytics – you’ll be sure to set yourself apart from the crowd.
One-of-a-kind opportunities include Esports Manager Trainee at 1 Play Sports, where you will get immersed in the world of competitive gaming. You’ll not only get to play and learn a variety of competitive titles, but organise competitions and manage events – and even try your hand at being an Esports coach for a pro-level team.
Secure employment opportunities
While many seek internships and traineeships to gain skills to add to their portfolios, your YouthTech traineeship amps up every step of the process. From matching you to a host organisation to training, you’ll also undergo a full evaluation process once you’re done.
You’ll be able to get an overview of your progress to evaluate your ability in the industry, and you might even be able to secure a position at the company. This makes it a great way to get your feet wet while learning skills and earning a decent allowance before landing a full-time job in your dream industry.
Tech traineeships at YouthTech
If you’re gunning to make waves in the world of technology, YouthTech traineeships will not only provide you with proper guidance, but give you a head start in your career. Coupled with a generous allowance of up to $2,500 and positions at vibrant local organisations, you’ll be better equipped to secure a spot as part of Singapore’s digital future while sharpening your skills.
This post was brought to you by the National Youth Council.
Photography by John Low.