DBS Group Holdings has launched its in-house digital training institute to equip its technology workforce with the latest skills for the future.

The institute, which is named the DBS Future Tech Academy, will cover three technology disciplines to begin with.

They are: site reliability engineering or SRE, data processing and analytics, and application security.

The bank says it will evaluate more programmes to cover more key technology domains in the next 12 months.

To complement the training programmes offered by the academy, the bank’s technologists will be granted complementary access to technology-focused digital learning libraries such as O’Reilly and Pluralsight.

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“DBS is always looking for innovative ways to maximise the potential of existing and emerging technologies to deliver differentiated and exceptional services to our customers. To do that, we need to ensure that our technologists are equipped with the right skills so that we can continue delivering joyful banking experiences,” says Jimmy Ng, group chief information officer at DBS.

“Having our own DBS Future Tech Academy gives us the agility to adapt our training curricula according to the bank’s needs and enables us to stay ahead of the massive changes around us,” Ng adds.

At the same time, the bank says it will be sponsoring the training of around 200 Singaporeans who are currently undergoing traineeships with the bank.

The trainees will go through skills certification programmes offered by the academy and will also be given free access to the digital learning libraries.

Shares in DBS closed 87 cents higher or 3.5% up at $26.05 on Jan 7.