Will there be any penalty if I withdraw from the program midway?
If you withdraw from the program due to a valid reason(s), there will not be any penalty. You would need to provide documents to support your reason(s). But if you withdraw due to an invalid reason(s), DigiPen (Singapore) will claw-back the cumulative training allowance up to the week of termination.
Examples of valid reasons: medical emergencies (e.g. illness), family or personal emergencies (e.g. accidents or hospitalization), academic ineligibility (e.g. unable to pass modules).
Examples of invalid reasons: loss of interests in the program, poor attendance and missing classes, disciplinary issues such as violations of academic integrity or criminal offenses, among others.
What is the minimum passing grade for each module?
The minimum passing grade is C- (1.7) to pass for each module. If you are not able to obtain a minimum cumulative GPA of 1.7 and above after the first month, you will be placed on probation. You will be removed from probation as soon as your cumulative GPA is or above 1.7.
What are my obligations during the program?
You should diligently complete this program within nine months. You should devote the best of your ability to this program and follow the timeline of six months of classroom training and three months of on-the-job training. You shall not during the program engage in any form of employment or accept any offers of employment from any entities other than the on-the-job training with the Partnering Companies.
What are my obligations after the program?
If an offer of employment is made by the Partnering Company to you, you shall enter into a formal contract to secure full-time employment with that Partnering Company on reasonable terms prevailing in the ICT industry in Singapore. If you refuse to enter into a formal contract to secure full-time employment with the Partnering Company even after the Partnering Company has agreed to provide full-time employment to you on reasonable terms prevailing in the ICT industry in Singapore, DigiPen (Singapore) will impose a claw-back amount not more than $5,500 on you.
Is there any bond in employment in this program?
There is no bond. However, the DigiPen (Singapore) Trainee Enrollment Agreement states that you shall serve the full-time employment at that Partnering Company for a minimum of six months from the start date of full-time employment. If you tender a resignation within six months, you should report to us and state the reason(s).
What will happen to me if I am not offered full-time employment by the partnering company?
DigiPen (Singapore)’s Career Services will assist you in your job search in the ICT industry.
Can I apply for leave during classroom training?
Each trainee must obtain at least 75% of attendance. You have to support any absences with an MC or other supporting documents. You may apply for leave by sending an email to the Program Manager and it will be subjected to approval by him.
How did DigiPen (Singapore) develop the curriculum for this program?
The curriculum was designed in consultation with inputs from the industry (Partnering Companies) based on the desired outcomes of the job roles. The curriculum was also aligned with the Skills Framework for ICT and approved by WSG and IMDA. Trainees who have completed the six-month classroom training would apply their skillset during the on-the-job training at the Partnering Companies. Each trainee who has successfully completed this program would have been holistically trained to be a Software Developer for the company with the potential of converting to a fulltime employee.
What are the course fees and how much do I need to pay?
The full course fees are $25,000 (exclusive of 7% GST). Workforce Singapore (WSG) and the Partnering Companies will co-fund the course fees. A course fee of $10,600 is payable by trainees. WSG and the Partnering Companies will only fund the trainees who meet the eligibility criteria listed below:
- The trainee must be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident.
- The trainee must be at least 21 years old.
- The trainee, if male, should have graduated from or completed NS for at least two years.
- The trainee must have passed through the admissions process conducted by the Institute and be successfully selected as a trainee by one of the Partnering Companies.
How much will my training allowance be?
The trainee will be provided a training allowance of $28,600 for nine months by WSG and the Partnering Companies. This training allowance is non-CPF deductible and will be paid monthly to the trainee.
How should the payment of $10,600 be made?
Trainees can pay their course fee of $10,600 either (a) through monthly installments using their training allowance or (b) as a lump sum upfront. DigiPen (Singapore) will discuss these options with the selected trainee upon signing of the Trainee Enrollment Agreement. If the trainee chooses (a), he/she will receive an eventual training allowance of $2,000 per month for nine months. If the trainee chooses (b), he/she will receive a training allowance of about $3,178 per month for nine months.
Is the co-payment for course fees only applicable to trainees of the AnT Programme for Cybersecurity Software Developer?
No. All selected trainees have to pay the course fees for the AnT Programme that they attend at DigiPen (Singapore).
What is the standard of pre-university physics, geometry, algebra, and mathematics?
It will be “A-level” and Polytechnic-level standard.
What is the level of difficulty or complexity for the 45-minute technical assessment?
If complexity refers to inclusion of multiple elements, then each question is relatively simple, but the assessment paper overall covers many diverse areas. If difficulty refers to familiarity with the subject matter, then it depends on a trainee’s education and experience and may vary from question to question. The purpose of the assessment is to evaluate depth and breadth of trainees’ knowledge in many areas key to the program.
Does the assessment topic “Introduction to computer programming in C” include pointers and data structures?
No, it is more at the level of basic operators, knowledge of keywords, and basic flow. Pointers or data structures are way beyond the expected scope; we simply want to assess if a candidate has acquired and retained basic programming knowledge.
Do I need to write a sophisticated program in C?
No, but you may be asked to create a simple program that represents certain given logic in a form of the C code or pseudocode.
Although calculators and formula sheets are not needed during the technical assessment, am I required to do mental calculations?
All the calculations are at the level of mental arithmetic. We allow calculators, but not in the form of smartphone devices.
In what kind of format is the technical assessment constructed?
Through technical topics, the assessment is constructed in a way that tests knowledge, as well as various types of thinking — including analytical and computational — and to some extent, memory and the ability to recall facts. As the program will deliver lots of new information that must be integrated very quickly over a short period of time, having a flexible mind and strong cognitive skills are vital to the trainee’s success. At the same time, the purpose of the assessment is not to catch someone forgetting to close their brackets or terminating statements with semicolons in programming, but rather to check their level of comprehension and ability to express the execution logic in a structured fashion.