March 2021 Press Release

Sumitomo Life Insurance and Temasek Polytechnic join hands in delivering Singapore’s first-of-its-kind Digital Talent Accelerator dedicated to Persons with Disabilities.

MoU signing between Mr Toru Shiomitsu (Sumitomo Life Insurance) and Mr Peter Lam (Temasek Polytechnic) with Ms Sun Xueling, Minister of State in Education and Social & Family Development

Singapore, 24th March 2021 Sumitomo Life Insurance (Sumitomo Life) and Temasek Polytechnic (TP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to launch a digital talent accelerator programme dedicated to persons with disabilities (PWDs). The MOU was signed by Mr. Peter Lam, Principal & CEO of TP, and Mr. Toru Shiomitsu, Senior Executive Officer of Sumitomo Life, witnessed by Guest-of-Honour, Ms. Sun Xueling, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Social & Family Development.

Co-existence, co-prosperity and mutual support have always been an integral management policy at Sumitomo Life, since its establishment in 1907. We are delighted to contribute to Singapore's society and PWD community through our partnership with Temasek Polytechnic. We hope this programme will ignite many young PWDs to actively pursue successful digital careers ahead of them.

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This collaboration with Sumitomo Life is an important initiative for TP as we are constantly exploring partnership opportunities that will provide meaningful workplace training opportunities for our PWD students and better prepare them for work and life. Through this partnership, our PWD students can look forward to taking up digital skills courses which are designed specifically for them, undergoing personal career coaching, interacting with industry experts and professionals, and working in teams on digital business challenges from corporate partners. These experiences will help our students better understand their talents and abilities, and be more confident in securing suitable employment upon graduation.

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This strategic partnership between Sumitomo Life and TP aims to provide digital career training and opportunities for aspiring students who are PWDs, and interested in digital roles upon graduation. In this intensive accelerator programme of 11 weeks, about 30 graduating and alumni PWD students in TP can look forward to a custom-crafted digital talent development journey.

Industry Partners

To provide real digital business challenges for the participants:

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Certis Logo
Insights logo
Wildlife Reservers Singapore logo
YMCA logo with tagline strong, strengthening youth

To provide access to their proprietary online learning content which leads to certifications:

Bloomberg LP logo
Facebook logo
Microsoft logo
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To provide mentoring opportunities:

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This initiative is also supported by:

SG Enable logo with tagline Inclusive society, Enabled lives
SBNoD (Singapore Business Network on DisAbility) logo

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