The goal is to groom talent to meet regional needs in areas such as programming, machine learning and analytics.

Over the past year, digitalization in South-east Asia has been accelerated tremendously by the global coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, due to an ongoing regional demand for data analytics talent, more youth need to be trained in this area of specialization.

One analytics firm that is playing its part in support of the industry is SAS. It has launched its inaugural  SAS Software Certified Young Professionals (SCYP) program for students in Singapore to equip participants with in-demand analytics knowledge and expertise to fill vacancies data science and analytics professionals across industries in the region.

The self-paced SCYP program will certify participants for work in programming, machine learning and visual analytics through e-learning courses, collaborative coursework and engagement with professionals in the field via live online webinars, led by the firm’s own experts.

Upon graduation, participants can choose to join the SAS Business Intelligence Analytics (BIA) Program supported under the country’s Infocomm Media Development Authority’s Tech Skills Accelerator Company-led Training Program. This program provides further in-depth analytics training and job placement opportunities to jumpstart graduates’ career in the analytics workforce.

The set of three subsidized online courses available to undergraduate students and graduates within two years of their graduation date are:  

  • SAS Certified Associate: Programming Fundamentals – Getting Started with SAS
  • SAS Certified Specialist: Machine Learning Using SAS Viya – Machine Learning with SAS
  • SAS Certified Specialist: Visual Business Analytics – Visualization with SAS

According to the firm’s Vice President (ASEAN), Remco den Heijer: “Organizations will be eager to recruit students who can understand and analyze data, use it to build models and establish the information that delivers the best value. By empowering students with SAS analytics knowledge and expertise, this program will work towards addressing the growing need for technology professionals in South-east Asia.”