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AI Data Apprenticeship Programme Application is open

Application deadline: 27 Sept 2020

AI Data Apprenticeship Programme (AIDP)

AIDP is a new 6-month, full time on-the-job training programme in data curation for AI solutions. It comprises 2 months of coursework on data curation and basic data engineering techniques and 4 months of hands-on training on a real industry project.

Programme Structure

The duration will be a total of 24 weeks: 8 weeks of deep skilling and 16 weeks of practicum. Apprentices will learn to use selected tools as well as develop their own Python Scripts to carry out key tasks in Machine Learning (ML) projects. 

Who is this for?

Diploma holders, with an IT background/experience, who are keen to support Data Science / Machine Learning projects; fresh Polytechnic graduates and NSFs (who have completed or are completing their service) with a recognised diploma

Content Covered

Data Labelling

Learn how datasets are handled and prepared for an AI/ML solution

Data Analysis

Basic statistical techniques to conduct exploratory data analysis (EDA) for various types of datasets

Machine Learning

Build simple baseline models which can be used as preliminary models in projects

Entry Requirements

  • Only Singapore citizens can apply
  • Diploma holder graduated or graduating in the calendar year 2019 or 2020 from a polytechnic or equivalent educational institution (e.g. private or overseas institutions)
  • Diploma holder graduated earlier from the above institutions and completed National Service in 2019 or 2020
  • Degree holders are not eligible for this programme

What we are looking for in a candidate

  • Programming experience in one of these languages: Python, R, Scala, Java, C, C++, C#, Go
  • Intermediate Microsoft Excel Skills such as:
  • Able to use advanced formulas like SUMIFS, MATCH, LOOKUP
  • Able to apply Conditional Formatting to a table
  • Able to use Pivot Tables to aggregate and summarise data
  • Able to visualise data with the appropriate visualisations
  • Able to present your ideas in a clear and effective manner

Application Timeline

Application closes on 27 Sept 2020

Application

AIDP Application
Note that this programme is for SINGAPOREANS only.
Personal Details

Personal Details

Academic Qualifications - First Diploma

For example, "Diploma in Computer Engineering"

Academic Qualifications - Highest Qualification

If your highest qualification is your first diploma, you may skip this section.
For example, "Bachelor of Computing (Honours) in Computer Science".

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.

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 AI Singapore, 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 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 6-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.
  • 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?

Aside from the technical requirements stated above, we are looking for candidates with a passion for solving challenging technical problems and a strong work ethic with a desire for self-developement.

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 of the course fee.  The apprentices will also receive a stipend.

WHAT WILL BE COVERED IN THE PROGRAMME?

At the end of the program, the participant will:

  • Have an understanding about how a AI/ML project is executed
  • Be able to identify the various types of data used and how they are stored
  • Understand the role of Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) in building a good ML model
  • Know the various methods used to extract, clean and store the data for building ML models
  • Know the methods used to label various types of data for
    Supervised Learning ML models
  • Be able to explain the algorithms used to build a basic Machine Learning model

WHAT IS THE OUTCOME OF THIS PROGRAMME?

At the end of the program, the participant is expected to be able to:

  • Perform labelling of data as required by the Machine Learning tasks using appropriate tools
  • Develop scripts that will be able to extract from & load data to common data sources (e.g. Cloud file storage, Relational
    Databases, Big Data platforms)
  • Perform basic Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) on the data and communicate findings to project team members
  • Clean data by using tools or by developing custom scripts
  • Build baseline Machine Learning models

DO I HAVE TO GIVE UP MY CURRENT JOB TO JOIN THE  PROGRAMME?

Yes, successful applicants are required to quit their job to join this programme. 

 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.

WHAT ARE THE AI JOBS AND ROLES I CAN CONSIDER AFTER COMPLETING THE TRAINING PROGRAMME?

Graduates of this programme may find jobs as a Junior Data Analyst or a Junior Data Engineer.

WILL I GET A CERTIFICATE UPON COMPLETION OF THE PROGRAMME?

Apprentices who have successfully completed AIDP will receive a certificate from AI Singapore.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS PROGRAMME AND AI APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME?

AIDP focuses mainly on data curation and data engineering in order to develop professionals that can provide vital support to the Data Scientist/ML Engineer/Data Engineer in a Data Science team during the execution of an AI project. 


Participants in the AIAP program will learn how to execute an AI project from data ingestion to model deployment.

WILL I BE PROVIDED A LAPTOP FOR THE DURATION OF THE PROGRAMME?

No. Apprentices are expected to purchase or use their personal laptop throughout the 6-month programme. Click here on laptop requirements.

WHEN WILL BE A NEXT ROUND OF APPLICATION?

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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.