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Tech Skills To Learn with UTAP Funded Courses

by | Jun 19, 2022

UTAP Courses - Vertical Institute

Wondering what UTAP courses all about? Upskilling has become the new norm for many individuals in recent years, especially as technology continues to advance and transform jobs. In a recent report titled ‘Emerging Jobs and Skills Report’ by NTUC LearningHub, it states that most employees are now taking upskilling into their own hands, all in order to stay competitive in the job market. 

You too, can stay competitive with NTUC’s Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP) funded courses, where you’ll be able to learn high-growth skills such as UX Design, Data Science, and Data Analytics. 


UTAP is a program for NTUC members to defray their cost of training. By signing up for courses supported under UTAP, members will be able to get a 50% discount off their unfunded course fee for up to S$500 each year (subject to eligibility requirements). 

For more information on whether or not you qualify for UTAP funding and how to make a UTAP claim, check out our blog post titled: ‘All You Need To Know About NTUC UTAP Funding.’ 

What is UTAP benefits?

UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme) is a grant for training offered by the NTUC (National Trades Union Congress) in Singapore. The grant provides financial assistance to support union members’ training and upgrading needs and covers a wide range of courses and programs. The benefits of UTAP include the following:

Financial Support
UTAP provides financial support of up to $250 per year for courses that are eligible for funding. This helps to offset the cost of training and makes it more affordable for union members to pursue their professional development goals.

Wide Range of Courses
UTAP covers a wide range of courses and programs, from IT and digital skills to soft skills, leadership, and management training. This allows union members to choose courses that are relevant to their career goals and interests.

Flexible Learning Options
UTAP courses are available in a variety of formats, including classroom-based, online, and blended learning. This allows union members to choose the format that best suits their needs and schedules.

Lifelong Learning
UTAP encourages lifelong learning and provides opportunities for union members to continually upgrade their skills and knowledge throughout their careers.

Career Development
UTAP supports career development by helping union members to acquire new skills and knowledge, enhance their employability, and progress in their careers.

Overall, UTAP provides a valuable opportunity for union members in Singapore to access quality training and upgrading programs and improve their employability and career prospects.

Here are the three in-demand skills you should learn with courses supported under UTAP. 

1. UX Design 

Offering a great digital experience to consumers is key in our digital world. And with many businesses striving to make an online presence, UX design skills are now being actively sought-after by employers. As of June 2022, a quick search on Glassdoor shows over 800 job listings for UX designers in Singapore. 

With UTAP, you’ll be able to enroll in courses such as the User Experience Design Bootcamp. This course will not only teach you new concepts and tools by industry professionals, but you’ll also be able to gain an accredited UX Design Certification in Singapore. Furthermore, you’ll be able to receive individualised feedback and support, allowing you to further improve on your hard and soft skills needed for UX design. 

2. Data Science 

Like UX design, data plays a huge role in our digital world. Adding on to that, the job of a data scientist is also highly sought-after, with the Robert Half Salary Guide stating that data scientists are now one of the top five in-demand hiring roles in Singapore. 

If you’re interested in being a data scientist, you’ll have to know how to use machine learning and how to analyse large sets of data in order to develop data-driven solutions. And with various UTAP funded courses such as Data Science Bootcamp, you’ll be able to do just that. 

With this course, beginners will have the opportunity to learn to code in Python: the most popular machine learning language. In addition, individuals who sign up for the course will also be able to learn about data science fundamentals, linear regression, and more – all from expert data scientists in Singapore.

3. Data Analytics 

In order for a business to optimise their performance, data analytics has to come into play. With data analytics, companies will be able to identify trends and make insightful conclusions – which can make a huge impact on future decisions made. And with this big impact created by data analytics, it’s no wonder that the job of a data analyst has been highly sought-after in recent years. 

As a data analyst, one has to be able to collect, identify, and analyse large amounts of data. Moreover, it’s also expected of data analysts to know how to use industry tools such as Excel, SQL and Tableau

To get your start as a data analyst, sign up for UTAP funded data analytics courses, such as the Data Analytics Bootcamp. With this course, you’ll be able to learn how to use the aforementioned industry tools, and apply your newfound knowledge into a capstone project, where you’ll be tasked to solve a real-world data problem. 

What courses are under UTAP?

At Vertical Institute, we offer a range of courses that are eligible for UTAP funding, including:

  • Data Analytics: Our Data Analytics course covers the fundamentals of data analytics, including data visualization, data cleaning, data analysis, and data interpretation using tools like Tableau and Excel.

  • UX Design: Our UX Design course covers the principles of user experience design, including research, prototyping, usability testing, and design thinking.

  • Digital Marketing: Our Digital Marketing course covers the fundamentals of digital marketing, including SEO, SEM, social media marketing, email marketing, and content marketing.

Our courses are designed to provide practical, hands-on learning experiences relevant to real-world applications. We also provide flexible learning options, including both online and in-person classes, to accommodate the needs of our students.

Learn new, in-demand skills and more with UTAP supported courses today!

About Vertical Institute

Vertical Institute prepares individuals for the jobs of tomorrow. We specialise in teaching in-demand skills, building the next generation of changemakers and inventors through our world-class tech courses and certifications. 

Singaporeans and PRs can receive up to 70% IBF Funding off their course fees with Vertical Institute. The remaining fees can be claimable with SkillsFuture Credits or NTUC UTAP funding.

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