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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)® seeks to develop Singaporean AI talents and enhance career opportunities in AI-related roles. Apprentices will get to work on industry projects and deepen your skills not only in AI and machine learning (ML) but also in software engineering as you learn to deploy AI models into production.
Training Phase (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.
Project Phase (AI Project Tracks)
In 100E projects, apprentices help companies to solve real-world business problems using AI. These companies span industries such as education, engineering, FMCG, healthcare, insurance, maritime and travel, as well as government agencies. You will build minimum viable products consisting of AI models and end-to-end pipelines which will be deployed into production. 100E projects allow you to experience what it is like to work with clients and stakeholders while developing applications that cover a wide range of AI technologies in computer vision, natural language processing and general ML.
Computer Vision Hub projects give apprentices the opportunity to solve real world problems using cutting-edge computer vision models for pose estimation, object detection, image segmentation and activity recognition. You will learn to combine these models and algorithms to develop unique computer vision solutions.
The NLP Hub exposes apprentices to common NLP problems that industries face, and ways of addressing them through end-to-end solutioning that goes beyond model deployment. You will learn how to solve problems such as question answering and summarisation, and package them into open-source solutions for industry and the community to use.
AI Bricks are plug-and-play ML tools that allow users to learn, build and deploy simple ML solutions. You will have the opportunity to develop AI Bricks based on published papers and source code from leading AI researchers in Singapore as well as feedback from the industry, and create usable solutions and products for businesses.
Through data engineering projects, you will learn how to develop a secure data management platform to support rapid iteration of ML experiments and enable the results to be reproduced. In addition to traditional data management features such as security and availability, the platform will enable data onboarding, discovery, data governance as well as integration with ML frameworks.
You will learn to build robust AI and ML applications using modern infrastructure and tools. Aligned with AI/ML best practices, these platforms empower researchers, engineers and collaborators to work together on projects such as the development of AI Bricks, and to solve challenging business problems.
You will have the opportunity to work on Synergos, a federated learning system platform developed by AI Singapore. The Synergos platform enables organisations to train a machine learning model collaboratively without exposing data to one another. This helps to address the privacy concern associated with explicit data sharing.
SecureAI lies at the intersection of ML, systems and security. You will work with experts from the fields of AI, ML, adversarial learning methods and computer systems security to identify risks and improve the safety, robustness and trustworthiness of AI systems.
You will get to work on an audit framework that allows Chartered AI Engineers (CAIE) to confidently sign off on AI projects. Leveraging industry best practices and existing open source frameworks, the audit will assess AI projects from an end-to-end perspective encompassing data, modelling, deployment and ethics and governance, and lead to the AI Trust Mark (AITM) award.
Apprentices with an entrepreneurial streak will have the opportunity to define your own project and have it supported by up to $180,000 of funding in kind. You will have access to technical mentorship by AI Singapore’s AI engineers and data scientists as well as business mentorship by start-up industry veterans. You will also have priority access to AI Singapore’s accelerator grant, venture capital and user networks.
Knowledge and proficiency requirements
Tips from mentors and apprentices
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Timeline for AIAP Batch 8
Companies our AIAP graduates have joined
KLASS Engineering and Solutions Pte Ltd
Singapore Data Science Consortium
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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