1. What is SGUnited Skills (SGUS) Programme?
The SGUnited Skills (SGUS) programme is a 6 to 9-month full-time training programme designed to help unemployed Singaporeans/PRs to upskill and reskill themselves with industry-relevant skills and knowledge. The training will be conducted on a full-time basis, but in modular format.
2. When does the SGUnited Skills (SGUS) programme start? How long is the programme expected to run?
Courses under the SGUS programme will commence from early Jul 2020, with new courses opening for enrolment through to Mar 2021. As announced during Budget 2021, the SGUnited Skills Programme will be extended for another year to Mar 2022, and the courses have to commence by 31 Mar 2022. We target to support 20,000 jobseekers through the programme.
3. How does the SGUS differ from the SGUnited Traineeship and SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways traineeship programmes launched by WSG?
The SGUS comprises full-time reskilling and upskilling courses delivered by CET Centres (including the Institutes of Higher Learning). These courses are designed to help trainees acquire industry-relevant skills that can improve their employability. Trainees will receive a monthly training allowance for the duration of their training to cover their basic expenses. They will also receive career advisory and employment assistance in their search for relevant jobs that will utilise their newly acquired skills.
In contrast, the traineeships under the SGUnited Traineeship and SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme are hosted by employers and will help fresh graduates and mid-career individuals gain meaningful work experience as well as boost their employability for future job opportunities. Host employers and the Government will co-fund the training allowance paid to trainees.
4. How does the SGUS differ from the Career Transition Programmes under SkillsFuture Mid-Career Support Package?
The SGUS and Career Transition Programmes (CTPs) are both training programmes based on a Train-and-Place modality i.e. individuals enrol in a training programme, which will help with their job search. However, the programmes differ in their duration and funding support.
The SGUS is intended for mid-career jobseekers1 impacted by the economic consequences of COVID-19. It comprises full-time reskilling courses of between 6 and 12 months. In view of the full-time training commitment, trainees receive a monthly training allowance to cover their basic expenses. The course fee is also highly subsidised, ranging from a nett fee of $500 for a 6-month SGUS programme to $1,000 for a 12-month SGUS programme. The SGUS programme is available for enrolment from Jul 2020.
The CTP targets mid-career individuals aged 40 to 60 to help them remain employable and access good jobs. Like the SGUS, they cater to trainees who are seeking to reskill themselves to take on new or enhanced job opportunities. CTPs are of shorter duration and there is no training allowance provided. Course fees are also subsidised, albeit to a lower level than SGUS courses. The CTPs will be available for enrolment in Oct 2020.
The additional SkillsFuture Credit of $500 under the SkillsFuture Mid-Career Support Package for individuals aged 40 to 60 can be used for both SGUS and CTP training programmes.
1 This is defined as individuals who fall outside the eligibility for the SGUnited Traineeships. This means the SGUS would exclude SC/PRs who:
a) Graduated or are graduating in CY19 to 21 from ITE, Polytechnics, Universities, and other educational institutions. This includes graduates from private universities as well as overseas institutions; and
b) Graduated from the educational institutions mentioned in (a) but just finished serving their National Service (NS) in CY19 to 21 and are entering the labour force.
5. What are the bridging modules under the SGUS and how long do they last? How do trainees know if they would have to take them?
Trainees who need additional support in building up their foundational competencies (e.g. in workplace literacy, numeracy, and digital literacy) may be referred to take on bridging modules covering these skills as part of the SGUS programme. These modules could last up to 3 months, depending on the competency levels of the trainees. Individuals can approach the SGUS training providers for more information.
6. Why is the programme duration so long?
The SGUS programme is intended to help trainees acquire industry-relevant skills and enhance their employability to take on job roles in the sector as the economy recovers. While the programme is for six to 12 months, the training will be conducted in a modular format so that participants can have the flexibility to exit the programme once they find jobs.
7. Will the SGUS come with job placements?
As the SGUS programme operates on a Train-and-Place model, training providers will provide career advisory and employment assistance to help trainees in their job search in relevant sectors. However, there is no guarantee of a job placement and trainees would need to be open to the job opportunities available. The programme is also conducted in a modular format which allows trainees the flexibility to leave the programme should they gain employment before the end of the full programme.
8. How will the SGUS courses be conducted?
The training modality varies according to the different courses, and generally includes a combination of in-person training, online learning and/or project work with companies. In view of the COVID-19 situation, SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) has advised training providers that online learning should remain the default delivery mode wherever feasible, during this period.
9. Am I allowed to take part-time jobs to supplement by income?
SGUS trainees are required to commit to full-time training over the programme duration, and must achieve minimum 75% attendance or 60 hours of training/project work (whichever is higher) per month during the duration of the programme to qualify for their applicable Training Allowance.