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Funding Information - Singapore Training

 
There are various NTUC and government funding schemes which are aimed at encouraging small-medium enterprises to train and upgrade the skills of their Singaporean/Permanent Resident workers in Singapore. The following are the various training assistance for corporate sponsored trainee:
 
Skills Development Fund (SDF)*
 

Please note that w.e.f 1 August 2014, SDF Funding has changed from Nett Fee Payment to Full Fee Payment for all MOM and WSQ classes, except for courses under CET funding. For more info, please click here

 
Through the Skills Development Fund (SDF), employers can enjoy grants for staff training though the funding rate may differ for various courses. Employers will need to apply via the SkillsConnect system to obtain training assistance for course fees. Funding for absentee payroll is also obtainable through the system.
 
Table 1: Revised funding rates for SDF pre-approved courses with effect from 1 December 2010

 

Type of Courses
Funding Component
Courses Targeted at Rank-and-File level
Courses Targeted at PMET^ level
Certifiable
Course Fee Support
80% of course fee capped at $7/hr
50% of course fee capped at $15/hr
Absentee Payroll Support
80% of hourly basic salary capped at $4.50/hr
Others#
Course Fee Support
$2/hr

^ Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians

# Funding for other training courses conducted by external training providers is capped at 100% of course fees.

To Note: This will not affect older low-wage workers who are eligible for the Workfare Training Support (WTS) scheme which took effect on 1 July 2010.  Employers who sponsor older low-wage workers for training under WTS will continue to enjoy enhanced course fee and absentee payroll funding.

 
Who can I contact for further enquiries?
For more information, please call 6883 5885 or email wda_sdf@wda.gov.sg
 

Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)

UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme) is a training benefit for union members to defray their cost of training. The objective is to encourage more union members to go for skills upgrading. 

Union members who initiate training on their own could be eligible for the following funding assistance: 

  • Up to $250 training benefits for courses under Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP) per year
  • (With effect from 1 January 2013)

How much can I claim under UTAP? 
UTAP is disbursed to union members based on 50% of unfunded course fee, capped at $250 per year with effect from 1 January 2013.  This excludes miscellaneous fees such as GST, exam fee and registration fee etc.
Note: The UTAP amount disbursed to all members is the same for all nationalities.

To be eligible for funding assistance under UTAP, all members must also meet the following criteria:

  • Paid-up union member throughout whole course duration and at the point of claim
  • Course by training provider must be approved under UTAP
  • UTAP will not fund courses which are entirely  funded through company sponsorship or other types of funding
  • Unfunded course fee must be greater or equal to S$20

How do I apply and claim for UTAP for courses registered?

NTUC LearningHub offers upfront funding at our counters, i.e. 50% off from the unfunded course fee.


Who can I contact for further enquiries?

Membership Call Centre: 6213 8008
Fax: 6471 5898
Email: UTAP@e2i.com.sg

Critical Infocomm Technology Resource Programme (CITREP)

This programme is targeted at infocomm professionals to equip them with critical & specialised skills to gain recognition for their competency. The programme supports training courses & certifications and helps to increase an organisation's competitive advantage & to enhance the employability of its staff. Please refer to IDA's website for the latest update on CITREP funding matters.

 

Workfare Training Support (WTS) (with effect from 1 July 2013)

The Workfare Training Support (WTS) scheme is a three-year scheme announced by the Government in the 2010 Budget to complement the Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) scheme. The WTS encourages low wage workers to upgrade their skills through training, so that they can improve their employability and upgrade to better jobs. WTS also encourages employers to send their low wage workers for training.
 
WTS is open to Singapore citizens aged 35 years and above, and who are earning up to $1,900 per month.
 
For other Certifiable Skills Training courses, Self-Initiated Trainee is to apply for funding support via Service Touch-points (Self Help Groups/ NTUC/ WDA Career Centres at CDCs) within 180 days before or up to 30 days after course commencement date.
 

Lower Cost of Training for Low-Wage Workers and their Employers

 
Through WTS, low wage workers can benefit from higher course fee support
when they sign up for any Singapore Workfare Skills Qualifications (WSQ) courses,
including those for Employability Skills, at the Continuing Education and Training (CET)
Centres:
 

Table 1: Course Fee Support under Workfare Training Support (WTS) scheme (with effect from 1 July 2013)

 

Singapore Citizens aged 35 years old and above
Course Fee Support
Earning $1,900 and below per month
95%

 
To receive the higher course fee support, a low wage worker only needs to bring his/her NRIC and
a. WTS/WIS Notification Letter OR
b. IRAS Tax Notification Letter OR
c. Singapore receipt for CPF income declaration OR
d. Any one of the preceeding three months' payslip OR
e. Employment Contract/ Letter
to all CET Centres and Approved Training Organisations to sign up for training.
 
Employers who send their low wage workers for WSQ courses at all CET Centres and Approved Training Organisations can also receive the higher course fee support shown in Table 1. In addition, they can claim higher Absentee Payroll to cover the salaries of their low wage workers when they are away at training (Table 2).
 

Table 2: Absentee Payroll for Employers under WTS scheme (with effect from 1 July 2013)

 

Workers who are Singapore Citizens, aged 35 years old and above
Absentee Payroll
Earning $1,900 and below per month
95%

Who can I contact for further enquiries?
For more information on the Workfare Training Support (WTS) scheme or to register for
Workfare-Skill Up, please call
WTS toll free hotline: 1 800-5368 333
Website: www.workfare.sg

 

Enterprise Training Support (ETS)
 
The Enterprise Training Support (ETS) Scheme is a scheme jointly developed by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and Ministry of Manpower (MOM). Companies will be able to access the ETS scheme to implement progressive human resource (HR) systems; enhance in-house training infrastructure and capabilities that will help raise the skills and productivity of workers.
 
The ETS scheme will provide funding support for companies that tapped on the following components:
 

1.    Training Grant

  • The training grant forms the core of the ETS scheme. It supports the cost of non-WSQ training and structured OJT, with bundled WSQ training forming at least 30% of an enterprise training plan. It encourages companies to develop overall training plan to be relevant to 50% of the company's local workfoce.

2.    Capability Grant

  • This one-time grant supports companies to build their in-house capabilities in the areas of training delivery and infrastructure.

3.    Curriculum Contextualisation and Alignment Grant

  • This grant helps companies to defray costs in developing Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) training modules, both in terms of content and training delivery. The grant will also support development of On-the-Job (OJT) blueprints.

4.   HR Development Grant

  • This one-time grant supports companies in adopting holistic training plans, enhancing learning and development systems or developing a career prograssion parthway that is tied to the enterprise training roadmap. The grant also encourages comoanies to integrate WSQ into their training plans and HR policy.

5.    Compensation and Benefits Systems Review Grant

  • The grant will help companies to defray costs associated with consultancy to conduct enterprise-wide industry salary benchmark reviews to restructure wages, so as to attrach local talent and retain them in a tight labour market.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Companies registered or incorporated in Singapore; AND
  2.  New companies, i.e. companies who have not subscribed to any WDA's funding schemes previously; OR
  3. Companies who tapped on earlier WDA schemes, but they will not qualify for specific grant components if it was supported under the earlier schemes, e.g. HR Development Grant and Capability Grant. 
Summary of grant components & incentives under ETS type of grant
How it Helps Companies
 
1. Training Grant
 
(Up to $200,000 per company)
 
·         Forms the core of the ETS scheme. It supports the cost of non-WSQ structured training and On-the-Job training (OJT), with bundled WSQ training forming at least 30% of an enterprise training plan. The overall enterprise training plan should be relevant to at least 50% of the company’s local (SC/PR) workforce.
 
 
2. Capability Grant
 
(One-time grant of $20,000 per company)
 
·         Help SMEs and non-SMEs to build in-house capabilities in the areas of training delivery and infrastructure.
 
 
3. Curriculum Contextualisation and Alignment Grant
 
(Up to $52,000 per company
 
·         Helps companies to defray costs in developing Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) training modules, both in terms of content and training delivery.
·         The grant will also support development of On-the-Job training (OJT) blueprints for the company
 
 
4. HR Development Grant
 
(Up to $60,000 per company)
One-time grant to help companies to:
·         Develop a system to administer and monitor a holistic training plan which would include identifying skills needed of the workforce and developing training pathways; or
·         Integrate WSQ into their training plans and HR policy; or
·         Enhance existing or develop new learning and development systems to support adoption of WSQ and measure learning gains; or
·         Develop career progression pathways, tied to the training roadmap with WSQ components.
 
 
5. Compensation and Benefits System Review Grant
 
(Up to $15,000 per company)
 
·         To help companies to defray costs of engaging consultancy services to conduct enterprise-wide industry salary benchmark reviews and restructuring of wages, to attract local talent and retain them in a tight labour market
 

 

Who can I contact for further enquiries?
Those interested to find out more may visit the website at www.wda.gov.sg. Alternatively, you may call the WDA hotline at 6883 5885 or e-mail WDA_Enquiry@wda.gov.sg.