Being guaranteed job stability and financial support were the first things on Melvin Ong’s mind when he applied for and was awarded the full-term Singapore-Industry Scholarship (SgIS) back in 2018, while he was still serving his National Service. Fast forward to 2021, he is now in Year 2, pursuing a Bachelor of Computing in Computer Science at the National University of Singapore, under the scholarship programme.
“Beyond the monetary supplementation and job security, I realised that the SgIS offers so much more in terms of relevant on-the job experience.” As part of the programme, awardees are provided with opportunities to intern with their sponsoring organisation. Melvin is thus into his first internship at ST Logistics (STL) and has been using visualisation tools to present and cross-validate supply chain data gathered from existing data collection systems.
“In school, you are exposed to software engineering principles and trained to create efficient algorithms. This provided me with the skills to write codes and create tools to help with the data processing here. It is heartening to see that STL is also progressive in the adoption of technologies. Usage of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and AGVs in our warehouses highlights the company’s vision in shifting away from manual labour and this is just the tip of the iceberg! During my internship here, I learnt of many exciting upcoming projects as well. It is clear that STL is prepared to invest in technologies to keep up with digitalisation and current trends and I look forward to coming back to serve the company”.
Additional perks of the programme include opportunities to attend leadership forums, networking seminars and annual ministerial dialogues to discuss social and economic policies. Courses ranging from financial literacy to voluntary community service are also available to students as part of their holistic development.
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