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Non-tech graduate but with coding training? You're still hired!

Majority of businesses are open to hiring those who lack tech experience.

About seven in 10 business leaders in Singapore said they are open to employ workers with coding training without an educational background related to technology, NTUC LearningHub, said in a study.

In its Industry Insights Coding 2022, NTUC LearningHub said these findings also stemmed from almost 90% of businesses saying there is a talent shortage for coding skills amongst their employees. Of this percentage, 10% said there is a very large extent, 21% said there is a large extent, 28% said there is a moderate shortage, and 30% said there is only a minimal shortage.

Amongst the top reasons for tech talent shortage are difficulty in finding talent with the needed skills, new technologies emerging and outpacing the number of workers with the necessary skills, and competition amongst firms in hiring tech talent.

With this strong demand to fill in its talent gap, 65% of business leaders said they are either very open or open to accepting workers who have insufficient relevant job experience but still underwent coding training.

The report is sourced from a survey with 200 business leaders in various industries in Singapore, and interviews with industry practitioners, and experts from NTUC LearningHub and its training content partners.

NTUC LearningHub's Director of Infocomm Technology, Anthony Chew underscored that the findings confirmed their observations that inexperienced workers without prior qualifications can land new roles as long as they are willing to upskill.

“Beginners can embark on their learning journey with online courses to understand the basics of programming, before enrolling in instructor-led courses to further cultivate interest in the field,” said Chew.

READ MORE: Tech job postings hit all-time high: Indeed

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