Fresh graduates in Singapore to benefit from new traineeship positions in R&D


SINGAPORE – More than 700 traineeship positions will be set up to nurture the next generation of research talent under the SGUnited Traineeships Programme beginning June 1.

These traineeships will introduce fresh graduates from universities and polytechnics to the Research & Development (R&D) sector in Singapore through placements in universities, A*STAR research institutes, AI Singapore, and local deep-tech startups through SGInnovate.

This move, supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) and Workforce Singapore (WSG), comes as Singapore prepares to enter a post-COVID-19 world.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of investing in R&D to address existential challenges, such as managing pandemics, ensuring food security, and tackling climate change.

“It has also stressed the necessity of nurturing the next generation of R&D talent to cope with such challenges in the future.

“The new R&D traineeship positions in our universities, research institutes and companies will provide graduates with the opportunity to apply their technical knowledge to acquire industry-relevant research skills, and also develop soft skills and an entrepreneurial spirit, which better prepares them for high-technology roles when the economy recovers.

“This is part of our effort to maintain our long-term competitiveness as a science and technology hub – by investing in our young and maintaining a strong core of talent ready to leverage opportunities in the technology and innovation sector.” Professor Low Teck Seng, CEO of the National Research Foundation, said in a statement.

Traineeship positions in the R&D sector, which last up to 12 months, include more than 500 Research Assistant and Research Fellow positions in our universities and research institutes in the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), to provide graduates with training and exposure to research work, especially in projects with industry partners.

AI Singapore will also expand its AI Apprenticeship Programme and introduce a new AI Data Apprenticeship Programme.

Collectively, both programmes will provide an additional 175 fresh graduates with industry training in areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data engineering and benefit from working in tech companies and startups in Singapore.

“For instance, 30 fresh graduates will be able to find placements in local deep-tech startups through SGInnovate’s expanded Summation programme, which provides apprentices with the opportunity to work on cutting-edge tech projects, and be mentored in business- and innovation-related skillsets.”

Graduates who are interested in participating in the SGUnited Traineeships Programme can visit for more information.