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Application for AIAP Batch 8 is now OPEN!
[Application period: 30 November 2020 - 27 December 2020 (EXTENDED)]
AI Apprenticeship Programme
Growing our own timber
The AI Apprenticeship Programme (AIAP) aims to groom local Singaporean AI talent and enhance their career opportunities in AI-related roles. The apprentices will work on real-world industry projects and deepen their skills not only in AI and machine learning but also in software engineering skills for model deployment into production.
Training Content (2 Months)
Apprentices will benefit from a range of content, with the intention of gaining exposure to machine learning concepts, develop career and technical assessment skills and ultimately, to instill confidence to solve problems and handle the unknown.
Learning is self-directed. Every week, apprentices will tackle individual assignments, explore existing solutions and contribute to extensive discussions with mentors and field experts.
We tailor discussions to extend an apprentice’s knowledge, challenge them to think more deeply and also to impart the thinking and research skills essential to remaining relevant.
AI Project Tracks
Help companies in industries such as education, engineering, FMCG, healthcare, insurance, maritime, travel and government agencies solve their real-world business problems by building AI minimum viable products, consisting of models and end-to-end pipelines to be deployed into production. Experience what it’s like to work with clients and stakeholders, while developing applications that cover a wide range of AI technologies in computer vision, NLP and general ML. Examples include object detection for unmanned maritime vehicles, question-answering AI for education chatbots, and fraud detection for insurance.
Solve real world problems through the use of cutting edge computer vision models in the domains of pose estimation, object detection, image segmentation and activity recognition. The combination of these various algorithms allow us to develop unique computer vision solutions.
Be exposed to common NLP problems local industries face, and the end-to-end solutioning that goes beyond model implementation to tackle them. Learn how to solve problems such as question-answering, summarisation etc. and package them into open-source solutions for industry and community use.
Work on TagUI, AISG’s Open Source Robotic Processing Automation (RPA) tool to help companies rapidly automate their repetitive or time-critical tasks.
And…be ready to build future AI Bricks which are to be developed based on published papers and source code from leading AI researchers in Singapore’s IHLs as well as based on needs and feedback from the industry. We aim to convert them into usable solutions and products for our SMEs.
Develop a secure data management platform to support the rapid iteration style of machine learning (ML) experiments and enable reproducibility of results. In addition to the features of traditional data management solutions such as security and availability, our platform will provide data onboarding, discovery, data governance, as well as integration with ML frameworks.
Build robust AI and Machine Learning platforms based on modern infrastructure, tooling and best practices for researchers, engineers and collaborators to solve exciting and challenging problems. Be part of the team that work with various groups in AI Singapore as well as external collaborators, including researchers, to evolve their research-grade project deliverables and experiments into robust Makerspace Bricks that aim to provide a meaningful and impactful user experience.
Work on Synergos, a platform used to support organisations to adopt federated learning in their ML model building .
Collaborate across artificial intelligence / machine learning, robust and adversarial learning and computer systems security to create innovative, practical advances towards identifying risks on AI systems from adversarial attacks.
Develop an audit framework leveraging industry best practices and existing open source frameworks to allow a Chartered AI Engineer (CAIE) to confidently sign-off an AI project from an end to end perspective i.e. data, modelling, deployment and ethics and governance which will lead to an AISG’s AI Trust Mark (AITM) award.
Define your own project and have it supported with up to 180K of in-kind funding. Have access to full time, on-site technical mentorship by AISG’s AI Engineers and Data Scientists as well as on-site business mentorship by AISG’s business mentors with multiple start-up exit experiences. Gain priority access to AISG’s accelerator, grant, venture capital, and user networks.
Knowledge and proficiency requirements
Tips from mentors and apprentices
Want some tips? Learn about what we are looking for in a candidate!
Timeline for AIAP Batch 8
Companies our AIAP graduates have joined
KLASS Engineering and Solutions Pte Ltd
Singapore Data Science Consortium
Applications for Batch 8 has closed. The next batch will open in 3 months’ time.
Applications for Batch 7 has closed. The next batch will open in 3 months’ time.
WHAT TYPE OF CANDIDATES ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
We are looking for candidates who possess a keen interest in the area of machine learning and data science. We believe that candidates can come from any area of specialisation, and our requirements are as follows:
- Graduated from a recognised university
- Proficient in Python or R
- Is able to implement Machine Learning Algorithms or have a background in Mathematics / Statistics / Computer Science.
Beyond that, demonstrated statistical fundamentals and programming ability will be helpful for the technical tests, but a keen learning attitude will be the most important to carry you through the programme.
WHAT WILL BE COVERED IN THE PROGRAMME?
We will begin with some structured coursework involving programming, modelling and deployment. Following which, apprentices will be assigned to the on-the-job AI projects to hone their skills in-depth, specific to each project.
Generally, you will be doing the following:
- Deploy Machine Learning applications in line with industry best practices
- Select, train and tune Machine Learning algorithms
- Design and build Data Pipelines and Infrastructures for AI Use Cases
DO I HAVE TO PAY?
There is no application fee.
Successful candidates have to pay a miscellaneous fee of $267.50 upon acceptance of our offer.
No further payment is required as all apprentices will receive full sponsorship from AI Singapore and WSG. The apprentices will also receive a stipend of between SGD$3,500 /month.
HOW IS THE STIPEND VALUE DETERMINED?
A fixed stipend value, $3500, applies to all apprentices. Stipend value offered is not negotiable.
WHAT IS THE OUTCOME OF THIS PROGRAMME?
Candidates can expect to be equipped in some or all of the following skills:
- Data modelling/tuning,
- Data engineering
- Data product-related software engineering
- Cloud applications
It ranges between individuals, but candidates can be adequately prepared in fields of data science, engineering and consultancy
WILL I GET A JOB AFTER THE PROGRAMME?
While there will be no placement at the end of the programme, there will be career development support (resume critique/interviewing skills workshops, attendance at fireside chats with industry professionals and dedicated one-to-one career advisory) as well as sharing of job opportunities with our industry partners. Most apprentices (almost 80% from our last batch) managed to find roles even before graduating from the programme.
While AI Singapore encourage our industry partners to promote job opportunities to our apprentices, it is ultimately your responsibility to find a job most suitable for yourself.
DO I HAVE TO GIVE UP MY CURRENT JOB TO JOIN THE PROGRAMME?
YES. This is a FULL TIME programme where you will undergo training at an intensive pace over 9 months at AI Singapore’s office / any appropriate location. Due to our sponsorship requirements, you are not allowed to take no-pay leave from your current full time job to attend the programme.
Apprentices work on industry projects from companies and NDAs have to be signed. Hence during the programme period, apprentices should not be associated with any company.
WILL I GET A CERTIFICATE UPON COMPLETION OF THE PROGRAMME?
Apprentices who have successfully completed AIAP will receive a certificate from AI Singapore.
WHAT ARE THE AI JOBS AND ROLES I CAN CONSIDER AFTER COMPLETING THE TRAINING PROGRAMME?
They may include AI Engineer, ML Engineer, AI Dev Ops, AI Developer or AI Consultant.
WHAT IF I DECIDED TO DROP OUT OF THE PROGRAMME?
If you drop out of the course, you will have to reimburse training stipends that have been paid out to you as well as the programme course fee.
HOW WILL THE PROJECTS BE ASSIGNED TO APPRENTICES?
Apprentices will be allowed to indicate their preferences but the mentors will also consider their skill sets to ensure a good fit for the project.
Like any other application, shortlisted candidates will be notified. You will be invited to the Technical Assessment.
Applicants will receive the technical assessment via their registered email. Applicants will have five (5) days to complete and submit their solution following the instructions in the assessment
After that, if you are successful with the Technical Assessment, you will be shortlisted for an interview (virtual). This will involve a Technical presentation & Group exercise Please note: Shortlisted candidates are expected to present their technical solution
WHAT DOES THE TECHNICAL ASSESSMENT CONSIST OF?
The technical assessment involves the submission of code and/or jupyter notebooks for the following tasks:
1) Data extraction
2) Exploratory data analysis
3) End-to-end machine learning pipeline
Applicants will receive the technical assessment via their registered email. Applicants will have five (5) days to complete and submit their solution following the instructions in the assessment.
IS A GURANTOR NEEDED FOR THIS PROGRAMME?
As this is a fully sponsored programme, AI Singapore require all apprentices to have 2 working Singaporeans / Singapore Permanent Residents with minimum annual income of $30,000 as guarantors.
WILL THERE BE A NEXT ROUND OF APPLICATION?
Batch 9 will likely start some time in September 2021.
We are looking at training a maximum of 500 apprentices and 162 apprentices have been enrolled since the programme started in 2018. We are steadily increasing our intake to about 35 apprentices per batch hence the programme will be available for a few more years.
You may apply again if you are unsuccessful or unavailable for the current batch. No deferment will be allowed.
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