CITREP+ Funding Support is a program by the Singaporean government to assist entry-level and mid-career IT professionals enhance their ICT skills.

This article will equip you with a broad understanding of CITREP+ Funding Support and how Bespoke Training can help you take advantage of Government funding support. We’ll run you through how Funding Support can assist you to gain AWS Cloud certification, who is eligible, and how the application process works.

Alright, let’s get started.

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Welcome to AWS Technical Essentials & AWS Business Essentials, the first article in our Course Spotlight series. Each of these articles will help you get acquainted with one (or in this case two) of the AWS training courses we offer. You’ll get a better idea of what the featured course covers, the skills you’ll learn and the job roles that benefit from taking it.

AWS Technical Essentials Training and AWS Business Essentials Training are the first step for those beginning their cloud journey. They introduce students to AWS products and services, presenting them as solutions. Both these courses share significant overlap, so we thought it would be easiest to cover them together.

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Featured Image walking toward a Cloud-First Future

In a Cloud-First transformation the question for any app or workload isn’t “Why cloud?” it’s “Why not cloud?”. A Cloud-First strategy means that when you review existing processes or create new ones, you consider cloud based solutions before all others.

Shifting to Cloud-First doesn’t happen overnight though. It’s a long term digital transformation requiring planning, guidance and support from other leaders in your business. So, it helps to learn from those who have done it before.

Industry leaders like Time, Inc. and Netflix run their entire business in the cloud. All of them have made the journey from datacenter to cloud, and shown how to do it successfully. What they discovered can be distilled into 7 essential steps.

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Equipping Your Workforce For a Successful Cloud Transformation

Instructor led training equips your employees with the skills to ensure your cloud transformation a success.

According to the 2019 Gartner report cloud computing infrastructure and applications will total $214 billion in 2019. Within the next three years, more than two-thirds of IT software and infrastructure will be cloud based. Whether you are ready or not, cloud migration will be increasingly vital to the growth of your business in the coming years.

As with the adoption and integration of any new technology, the most significant friction often comes from within. A successful cloud transformation requires your workforce to upskill and pivot in order to fully reap the benefits of cloud.

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CITREP endorsed AWS Cloud training

The latest CITREP approvals means there are now seven (7) AWS Training programs eligible for CITREP funding, allowing you to receive up to 70-90%* funding support.

CITREP+ Government Funding

CITREP+ Government funding has been designed to help Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents stay up to date with technology by providing funding support for eligible training.

Funding is designed to support specific roles so that existing ICT professionals can upgrade their skills and domain knowledge to meet the challenges of a fast-moving digital landscape.


CITREP-Endorsed AWS Cloud Training: August 2019

The endorsed programs are based on the AWS learning paths, and have been designed to achieve certification by bundling relevant training and certification together.

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Big Data and Security Engineering now CITREP endorsed

Further to our recent post, CITREP Funded AWS Cloud Training renewed until 2021, Bespoke Training has received approval for 2 additional CITREP-endorsed training programs.

  1. AWS Certified Big Data Specialist
  2. AWS Certified Security Specialist


The endorsed programs are based on the AWS learning paths, and have been designed to achieve certification by bundling relevant training and certification together.

Following is further information on the newly-endorsed Big Data and Security programs.

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CITREP funded AWS Cloud training Frequently Asked Questions

CITREP funding support provides up to 70-90% rebate* for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents on eligible training. It’s designed to assist both entry-level and mid-career professionals by helping them acquire or enhance their technical skills.

You can’t apply for CITREP directly. You need to register via an authorised training provider like Bespoke Training.

The first step is to complete a simple screening interview, as required by IMDA. Here’s what we cover in the call:

  • Your preferred course, and what’s included
  • Criteria for funding support
  • Funding options and the relevant rebate
  • Student Pack and next steps

There are a number of questions we often get asked in the screening call, so we’ve created a list of CITREP Frequently Asked Questions for easy reference.

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The dust is starting to settle after AWS Summit 2019 Sydney. This year’s Summit was the largest AWS conference outside of AWS Re:Invent in Las Vegas, with an estimated 17,000 attendees.
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CITREP endorsed AWS Cloud training renewed until 2021

We are pleased to announce that Bespoke Training has renewed endorsements for CITREP funded AWS Cloud training. The previous endorsements expired on 31st March 2019.

Bespoke Training has lead the renewal of CITREP-endorsed AWS Cloud training with IMDA, which have now been extended for 2 years, to 31st March 2021. The endorsed programs are based on the AWS role-based learning paths, and have been designed to achieve certification by bundling relevant training and certification together.

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Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2019 Gartner

Each year Gartner produces one of the most comprehensive lists of strategic technology trends that CIOs and other senior executives should be considering.

Following is an overview of the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2019, as presented by David Cearley, Gartner Distinguished Vice President Analyst, at Gartner 2018 Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, Florida. The list highlights changing, or not yet widely recognised trends, that will impact and transform industries through 2023.

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