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Application for AIAP Batch 7 is open.

Deadline to apply: 7 June 2020
Programme Period: 28 September 2020 – 3 July 2021

AI Apprenticeship Programme™

Growing our own timber

Programme Structure

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 software engineering skills for model deployment into production.

  • 2-month AI coursework will involve supervised and unsupervised learning as well as cover areas such as Deep Learning and Machine Learning applications, etc
  • 7-month on-the-job training on a real-world AI problem
  • A monthly stipend of SGD 3,500 to 5,500 will be provided

Training Content

Curated Content

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.

Self-directed Learning

Learning is self-directed. Every week, apprentices will tackle individual assignments, explore existing solutions and contribute to extensive discussions with mentors and field experts.

Tailored Learning Discussions

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.

minimum Requirements

  • Only Singapore citizens can apply
  • Graduated from a recognised polytechnic (more than 3 years work experience) or university

Knowledge and proficiency requirements

Any of the proficiencies below will be helpful during the apprenticeship:

  • Intermediate programming experience in one of these languages: Python, R, Scala, Java, C, C++, C#, Go
  • Understand basic data pre-processing (handling missing data, outliers etc...)
  • Able to build machine learning models
  • Able to build data pipelines to train and build your models
  • Able to perform basic code documentation (Readme, docstrings and requirements.txt)
  • Able to deploy your models in Docker containers
  • Able to provision and use of cloud computing infrastructure such as Microsoft Azure
  • Able to do Linux shell scripting
  • Able to use at least one of the following database and data processing technologies such as SQL, NoSQL, Apache Hadoop and/or Apache Spark
  • Able to use GitHub/GitLab and perform proper code check-in/out and repository

Application Timeline for AIAP Batch 7

Application Process

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Companies our AIAP graduates have joined

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AI Singapore
Allianz
Aliz Technologies

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Capgemini

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Dathena
DBS
DSTA

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Entrepreneur First

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GIC
Glint
Gojek
GovTech
Grab

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IMDA

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KLASS Engineering and Solutions Pte Ltd

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NTU
NTUC Enterprise
NUS

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QiO Technologies

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Singapore Data Science Consortium
Singtel
ST Electronics
ST Engineering

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Virtuous Games

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Wartsila

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Interesting Stories

Application

AIAP Application
Thank you for your interest in the AI Apprenticeship Programme.
Note that this programme is for SINGAPOREANS only.
Personal Details

Academic Qualifications - First Degree/Diploma

For example, "Diploma in Computer Engineering" or "Bachelor of Computing (Honours) in Computer Science"

Academic Qualifications - Highest Qualification

If your highest qualification is your first degree/diploma, you may skip the next 3 questions.
For example, "Bachelor of Computing (Honours) in Computer Science" or "Master's in Computer Science (Information Systems)"
Please provide the following information for each funded programme
1. Funding agency,
2. Funding scheme (for example, Tech Immersion and Placement Programme (TIPP), Company-Led Training Programme (CLT), Professional Conversion Programme (PCP), etc)
3. Programme Name
4. Start Date
5. End Date

Employment

Fresh Graduates: have not found a job within 6 months from graduation
Please provide a short description of your role.
This does not include internship experiences.
Maximum upload size: 5MB
Please rename your file to "YourFullName_CV".
In your answer, mention 1 - 2 specific examples of setting your own direction and/or organising your own work.
Where possible, include a link to more details about the project. This could be a GitHub repo, video, blog post, Kaggle kernel or forum contribution

Terms and Conditions

  • I declare that the information provided in this application is true and accurate. 
  • I understand that the personal data collected will be used for the purposes of managing and administering the programme, examination, certification and may be disclosed to National University of Singapore School of Continuing and Lifelong Education (NUS SCALE), AI Singapore, NUS SCALE/AI Singapore partners and service providers, certification awarding bodies, examination agencies and funding agencies.
  • If being offered, I am expected to resign from my current full time job for this programme.
  • I shall defend, indemnify, and hold harmless NUS SCALE / AI Singapore, its subsidiaries, officers, directors, employees, agents, affiliates and partners from and against any claim, demand or legal proceeding, including legal expenses, made by third party or arising from or out of the applicant’s breach of the terms and conditions herein.
  • AI Singapore reserves the right to make changes to the schedule, content, etc without prior notice.
  • I may not invite another person to attend the workshop / test or lessons on my behalf.
  • I agree that no reservation of seat for the next or subsequent intake is allowed..
  • I am expected to purchase and use my own laptop throughout the 9-month programme. See FAQ on laptop requirements.
  • I am expected to bring my laptop to the interviews if I am selected to be interviewed.


Fees:

  • There is no Application Fee
  • The course fee and monthly stipend are sponsored by AI Singapore and Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA).
  • A monthly stipend will be payable to the accepted trainees of the programme.
  • In event that the trainee is unable to complete the programme, the trainee will have to pay back the total monthly stipend disbursed to him and the full course fee.

Frequently Asked Questions

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:

  1. Singaporean
  2. Graduated with a polytechnic diploma with at least 3 years of working experience or university degree,
  3. Proficient in Python or R
  4. 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 100E 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 Infocomm and Media Development Authority(IMDA) of the course fee.  The apprentices will also receive a stipend of between SGD$3,500 to $5,500/month depending on your working experience.

HOW IS THE STIPEND VALUE DETERMINED?

Stipend value is calculated based on relevant experiences and educational qualifications listed in your curricula vitae (CV) submitted when you apply.  Hence, it is important to indicate your education qualifications and your work experiences clearly in your CV.  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 AI Singapore encourages 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.  Due to our sponsorship requirements, you are not allowed to take no-pay leave from your full time job to attend the programme.

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.

WILL THERE BE A NEXT ROUND OF APPLICATION?

Yes, we run 3 iterations of the programme every year, about 4 months apart. You may apply again if you are unsuccessful or unavailable for the current batch. .  Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive updates.

WHAT ARE THE LAPTOP REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROGRAMME?

You may find the requirements here

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*The AIAP is the first TechSkills Accelerator Company-Led Training (TeSA-CLT) initiative in AI. 
This is a collaboration between AI Singapore and IMDA to develop a pipeline of AI professionals for the industry.