AsiaPac Technology – M1 and SIM to train a pool of tech talents in Work-Study-Train programme for ICT polytechnic graduates

Published on 25 May 2022

Mr. Seah Chin Siong, President and Chief Executive Officer, SIM and Mr. Andrew Cheng,
Managing Director of AsiaPac Technology signing the partnership agreement for the launch of
the Youth Academy Work-Study-Train Programme

M1 and SIM to train a pool of tech talents in Work-Study-Train programme for ICT polytechnic graduates

A first for M1 and SIM

SINGAPORE, 25 MAY 2022 – M1 Limited (M1), through its wholly-owned subsidiary, AsiaPac Technology Pte Ltd (AsiaPac), and Singapore Institute of Management Group Limited (SIM) today announced the launch of a Work-Study-Train programme, the Youth Academy Work-Study-Train Programme, with the aim to develop tech professionals in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.

The first between M1 and SIM, this collaboration is specifically tailored for diploma holders looking to further equip themselves with skills in the ICT sector, while pursuing their undergraduate studies. Bridging academic learning with on-the-job training, the programme will allow candidates to focus on AsiaPac’s key capabilities in the areas of end-user computing, cloud infrastructure management support as well as network and security support and more.

The co-curated programme closely integrates classroom learning with structured on-the-job training. Successful candidates will pursue a part-time Computer Science and Information Systems-related degree with SIM’s University Partner, University of Wollongong (UoW), while experiencing on-the-job training at AsiaPac as a full-time employee for a duration of 18 months. As part of SIM’s experience in curating a programme of such nature, the students can also expect profiling tests to be conducted – that enables assigned mentors from AsiaPac to better provide dedicated guidance to each student’s learning journey – ensuring better support towards their personal and career development.

In addition to the on-the-job training that the students will receive from AsiaPac, they will also receive opportunities for technology product trainings and certifications from AsiaPac’s wide network of partners such as Amazon, Microsoft, Huawei, Google, Cisco and VMWare. The programme comes at an opportune time and will develop industry-relevant, work-ready talent very much required in Singapore’s ICT sector.

“This partnership with SIM is an important step in our enterprise strategy, blending traditional learning and practical experiences to develop tech talents while further building our capabilities to capture opportunities in the ICT sector. As the only telco to be named as one of Singapore’s Best Employers by The Straits Times for the third year in a row, we will continue to actively expand our talent acquisition programme and create more developmental pathways to attract new tech talents that will value add to our company as we continue to transform digitally,” said Mr. Manjot Singh Mann, Chief Executive Officer, M1.

Mr. Seah Chin Siong, President and Chief Executive Officer, SIM said, “We are excited to embark on this journey with M1, to deliver the Work-Study-Train programme to encourage all students to never stop learning. We are confident that this collaboration will help students taking up this programme to gain invaluable experience in the rapidly growing ICT sector. Through this meaningful partnership, we are also fulfilling a part of SIM’s raison d’etre, which is to empower lifelong learning. By encouraging diploma holders to seize the opportunity to upskill themselves amidst the ever-changing work environment, they would be able to continuously add value to Singapore’s growing economy. SIM will be developing more of these industry related partnerships and programmes, to help both learners and corporations stay relevant to future work trends.”

“AsiaPac is glad to provide career jumpstart opportunities for budding tech talents, giving them the chance to deepen their ICT capabilities while allowing them to acquire work-relevant skills and easing the transition to the workplace when they graduate. It is our pleasure to contribute to the development of an agile workforce in our digital economy and support our existing workforce to meet the demand and rapid growth of AsiaPac,” said Mr. Andrew Cheng, Managing Director of AsiaPac Technology.

As part of the SIM IT Day on 28 May, budding tech talents can look forward to a panel discussion anchored by AsiaPac, and find out more about the Youth Academy Work-Study-Train Programme from two of AsiaPac’s partners – VMware and Amazon Web Services. Participants can gain insights and sector trends from professional industry leaders and prepare themselves with tech-focus skills needed to meet the industry’s demand. Participants can also learn more about the IT-related bachelor’s degree programmes offered at SIM. For more information on SIM IT Day, visit here.

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About M1

M1, a subsidiary of Keppel Corporation, is Singapore’s first digital network operator, providing a suite of communications services, including mobile, fixed line and fibre offerings, to over two million customers.

Since the launch of its commercial services in 1997, M1 has achieved many firsts – becoming one of the first operators to be awarded one of Singapore’s two nationwide 5G standalone network license, first operator to offer nationwide 4G service, as well as ultra high-speed fixed broadband, fixed voice and other services on the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (NGNBN).

M1’s mission is to drive transformation and evolution in Singapore’s telecommunications landscape through cutting-edge technology and made-to-measure offerings. For more information, visit

About Singapore Institute of Management Group Limited

The Singapore Institute of Management Group Limited (SIM) is one of the region’s leading private education and lifelong learning institutions, recognised for empowering individuals and enterprises to be fit-for-future and to thrive across life stages. Seeded by the Singapore Economic Development Board in 1964, SIM has, for over 50 years, been relentlessly innovating to meet the needs of industry and our learners.

Today, we remain fully committed to harnessing new knowledge, skills, technology and our ecosystems to provide best-in-class, skills-based learning experiences that enable our students and working adults to pursue higher education and professional development as well as for companies to achieve corporate excellence through talent development.

SIM fulfils our purpose through SIM Global Education, SIM Professional Development and Enterprise Learning, and Singapore (Cambodia) International Academy.

For more information on SIM, visit

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