IBM Joins with Singapore Institute for Blockchain and Big Data Training


ASEAN’s Kaplan Learning Institute has partnered with IBM to train students in technology skills and digital innovation

IBM has launched the IBM Skills Academy @ Kaplan to train and certify students in digital skills at the Kaplan Learning Institute (KLI), one of Singapore’s leading corporate training and financial literacy providers.


IBM Skills Academy @ Kaplan will offer eight courses in areas such as Blockchain & Big Data to equip students with in-demand technical skills and enable them to meet the industry’s requirements for new skills and expertise. Upon completion of each course, students will receive an industry-recognised IBM Digital Badge certifying their competence.

Abraham Thomas, Managing Director of IBM Singapore, says “The urgent need for qualified and experienced IT talent is a global phenomenon and one that IBM and Kaplan have been keenly aware.” Commenting on the collaboration, he said that the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA), Kaplan Learning Institute and IBM would together work towards imparting the required skill set in the academy.

Collaboration goal

The IBM Skills Academy @ Kaplan aims to cater to the workforce needs in the latest Infocomm technologies and tools. Associate Professor Rhys Johnson, Chief Operating Officer and Provost of Kaplan Singapore, asserts that the partnership will provide more opportunities for individuals to stay relevant, reiterating Kaplan as a Lifelong Integrated Learning Partner in offering both academic programmes for higher learning as well as professional certifications and training courses for skills development.

Howie Lau, Chief Industry Development Officer, Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), shared about the high demand of ICT professionals with deep tech skills such as blockchain and data analytics with the rapid digital transformation of industries and businesses. The new launch is aimed at providing courses on artificial intelligence and cloud computing to prepare students for the new digital work needs.

Fee support

Eligible trainees taking up courses at IBM Skills Academy @ Kaplan, which are supported through TeSA’s Critical Infocomm Technology Resource Programme Plus (CITREP+), may enjoy course fee support. In addition, NTUC members can enjoy further course fee subsidy under the Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP), supported by the NTUC-Education and Training Fund (NETF) and administered by the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i).