TALENT training for the port operations and data analytics sectors received a boost yesterday, with two separate announcements about industries chipping in to build up their pool of skills.

The first, by PSA Corporation and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), entails the PSA committing S$2.4 million over the next five years to train ITE students in port operations and technology.

The PSA and ITE yesterday inked an agreement to create more learning opportunities to fan interest in and awareness of the container port industry.

PSA will host 80 internships for students from the engineering, shipping operations and management, and logistics for international trade courses. About 1,500 students from these courses will also go on learning journeys at PSA.

PSA specialists will also conduct guest lectures and workshops on port operations and technology for ITE staff and students. PSA-sponsored book prizes will be given to top students in selected modules.

PSA's regional chief executive officer for South- east Asia, Tan Puay Hin, said in a statement that the port is employing more automation and intelligent technologies to raise productivity: "With this new level of collaboration, we will continue to develop the skilled talent PSA needs to grow as a global champion in our industry."

Separately, web analytics firm Sparkline has been roped in under the Google-Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) "capacity-building programme" to train 20 fresh graduates in data analytics.

Launched last Friday, the Squared Data Programme aims to develop industry-ready data analytics specialists. The 43-week programme starts with an eight-week training programme conducted by Google and its 11 agency partners including Sparkline, covering topics from business intelligence to data analytics.

Sparkline's managing partner Vinoaj Vijeyakumaar will train participants in web analytics and data infrastructure, with a focus on real customer needs such as marketing effectiveness. Equipping recent graduates with analytics skills speeds up their learning process, he said.

Following the training, participants will undergo a 35-week work placement with the 11 training partners. Prabir Sen, the chief data scientist of IDA's Data Sciences Group, said: "Partners with industry experience in data analytics are crucial to bringing relevant knowledge and real world insights to the training, translating theory to action."