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AI Apprenticeship Programme
AIAP®

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 in software engineering skills for model deployment into production.

  • Full-time structured training programme
  • 2 months deepskilling in AI Engineering and 7 months on-the-job training on a real-world AI problem (100E, AI Makerspace Brick or any other project)
  • We are also offering an opportunity for you to pitch your AI idea to develop an AI Brick which could result in a possible spin-off
  • 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

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

Knowledge and proficiency requirements

  • 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

If you need resources to prepare/learn, please refer to the AIAP Field Guide

Timeline for AIAP Batch 7

Application Process

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Companies our AIAP graduates have joined

A

AI Singapore
Allianz
Aliz Technologies

B

C

Capgemini

D

Dathena
DBS
DSTA
DRW

E

Entrepreneur First
EM2AI

F

Fujitsu

G

GIC
Glint
Gojek
GovTech
Grab

H

I

IMDA

J

K

KLASS Engineering and Solutions Pte Ltd

L

M

N

NTU
NTUC Enterprise
NUS

O

OSIM

P

Q

QiO Technologies
Q&M Dental

R

S

Singapore Data Science Consortium
Singtel
ST Electronics
ST Engineering
STB

T

U

V

Virtuous Games
Vigil Capital

W

Wartsila

X

Y

Z

Application

Applications for Batch 7 has closed. The next batch will open in 3 months’ time.

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 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. Due to our sponsorship requirements, you are not allowed to take no-pay leave from your 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.

WILL THERE BE A NEXT ROUND OF APPLICATION?

Batch 8 is expected to start in April 2021 and application will likely be in January 2021; Batch 9 will likely start some time in September 2021.

We are looking at training a maximum of 500 apprentices and 137 apprentices have been enrolled since the programme started in 2018.  We are steadily increasing our intake to about 40 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. Request for deferment is subject to approval. 

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WHAT ARE THE LAPTOP REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROGRAMME?

You may find the requirements here

HOW WILL THE 100 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.

Have more questions? Head over to our Forum and post your questions there and/or learn from our current and ex-AI apprentices. 

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