The Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) for Data Protection Officers (DPO), supported by Workforce Singapore and SkillsFuture Singapore, provides skills conversion to place and train PMETs in the role of a data protection officer. The PCP will leverage on SMU’s existing SkillsFuture Series in Data Analytics, Cybersecurity and Tech-Enabled Services, and will be delivered jointly by SMU and Straits Interactive. The PCP aims to develop a pool of pre-qualified candidates for data protection officer roles. Participants will undergo an initial DPO hands-on training course, before being matched with employers participating in the PCP. This initiative will benefit SMEs by lowering the cost of hiring staff with data protection skills to develop and implement safeguards around processing personal data – the PCP will help SMEs acquire their own data protection expertise.
Companies hiring a Data Protection Officer can now apply under the PCP scheme. This includes “combo” roles which include traditional job functions – HR, Marketing, IT, etc. Individuals must carry the DPO title in their designation. The PCP will provide funding to companies with salary support and course fees support.
All approved candidates will have to undergo a 6-month specialised on-the-job-training (OJT) where they will need to attend data protection courses. The courses will help participants develop competencies in performing the roles and responsibilities of the data protection officer (DPO).