From a CTO to trainee, Cheng Yi Chiao’s tech career receives a new lease of life through SGInnovate’s PowerX Robotics Programme.
Someone who once helmed top leadership roles such as CTO, technologist to COO, Cheng Yi Chiao boasts a rich tech career history, having worked in various MNCs and startups. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions and family priorities, he left his role at a Malaysian AgriTech company.
Moving back to Singapore, Yi Chiao joined McDonald’s to gain a first-hand experience of a blue-collar worker. He had always wanted to join this fast-food giant as he used to lead a team of workers and hoped to strengthen his leadership skills. Then, he chanced upon SGInnovate’s PowerX Robotics programme through Facebook ads. The topic caught his attention and upon further research, he learnt that its trainees could acquire real-world skills at Deep Tech companies and applied for it.
Since November last year, Yi Chiao started his traineeship curriculum at Ngee Ann Polytechnic and was assigned to SGInnovate’s partner company, Polybee, for his on-the-job training. This gave him the opportunity to learn directly from the founder of the company. Yi Chiao expressed gratitude for his traineeship opportunity and hopes to stay on at Polybee to help enhance food security in Singapore. Although the pandemic had forced him to switch career from a tech leader to a trainee, he felt that “traineeship is but a title”. Yi Chiao believes that learning never stops and will continue to seek new areas for personal growth and obtain new skills and knowledge in the field of technology.
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