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Implementation of SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy and Update of Claim Eligibility Criteria

24 Sep 2015

1.   In line with the objectives of SkillsFuture to support and encourage lifelong learning and help Singapore Citizens (SCs) stay responsive to a changing workplace, and in recognition that mid-career individuals may face greater challenges in undertaking training, the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) will implement enhanced course subsidies for mid-career individuals from 1 October 2015. This was announced by the Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Chairman of SkillsFuture Council, at the Singapore Budget 2015.

SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidies for SCs Aged 40 and Above

2.   With effect from 1 October 2015, SCs aged 40 and above will enjoy enhanced subsidies of up to 90% of course fees for WDA-supported certifiable courses. (shown in Table 1). More than 8,000 courses will be eligible for the enhanced subsidies (see Table 1).

Table 1: Eligible Courses

Eligible CoursesTargeted at Rank-and-File LevelTargeted at Professionals, Managers & Executives (PME) Level
Courses offered by WDA-appointed Continuing Education and Training (CET) CentresUp to 90% of course fees
Certifiable Courses approved by WDAUp to 90% of course fees, capped at $25/hourUp to 90% of course fees, capped at $50/hour

3.   Eligible individuals under the Workfare Training Support Scheme will continue to receive 95% course fee funding support. A summary of the course fee subsidies available for the different groups of individuals and employers is in Annex A.

4.   Training organisations offering WDA-supported certifiable courses to self-sponsored individuals can refer to https://www.skillsconnect.gov.sg/web/guest/to_landing for an Administrative Guide. For guides on the claim submission process in the SkillsConnect system, please visit https://www.skillsconnect.gov.sg/web/guest/guides.

Update of Claim Eligibility Criteria

5.   For WDA-supported certifiable courses commencing from 1 October 2015, trainees need to sit for and pass examinations. Other claim eligibility criteria remain unchanged.


Summary of WDA Course Fee Subsidies Effective 1 October 2015

Eligible CoursesAll Singapore Citizens and Permanent ResidentsSmall and Medium Enterprises (SME) -sponsored Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents1Singapore Citizens aged ≥ 40 years2 Singapore Citizens aged ≥ 35 years and earning ≤ $1,900/month3
Courses offered by WDA-appointed CET CentresUp to 90% for Rank-and-File (RF) level courses

Up to 70% for PME level courses
Up to 90%Up to 90%95%
Certifiable Courses approved by WDAUp to 80%, capped at $17/hour for Rank and File level courses

Up to 50%, capped at $15/hour for PME courses
Up to 90%, capped at $25/hour for RF courses and $50/hour for PME coursesUp to 90%, capped at $25/hour for RF courses and $50/hour for PME courses95%

1 Under the Enhanced Training Support For Small & Medium Enterprises Scheme.
2 Under the SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy.
3 Under the Workfare Training Support Scheme.

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