When we go on a shopping blitz, we always look out for the best deals, such as for shoes, groceries and air tickets. But did you know that you can do the same “shopping’ for skills training in Singapore?
“It’s expensive, time-consuming and exhausting.” These are common reasons trotted out by working adults to delay training or not upgrade. These concerns are understandable because on top of the daily grind, nobody wants to worry about money, time and yes, more stress.
But what if skills upgrading is actually affordable, accessible and practical?
Acquiring new skills and taking charge of your career growth is a breeze with the Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ), a national initiative to enhance the local workforce’s skills and expertise. The WSQ is a national credentialing system that trains, develops, assesses and recognises individuals for skills employers look for.
Finding the shoe that fits
There are courses out there for everyone. With over 9,000 courses related to 28 diverse industries, a myriad of opportunities to learn a variety of specialised skills await you. WSQ training courses cover a broad range of current and relevant skills, and these courses will help you adapt to new job demands and improve your overall employability.
You can also deepen your skills and stay ahead of the curve through flexible, modular and bite-sized training courses that are subsidised and more affordable.
When was the last time you upgraded? Check out which WSQ courses are relevant to you here
A discount you can’t resist
Now that you’ve found the course you are aspiring to take, it is only natural to worry about the cost.
Skills training is not as expensive as you think. In fact, WSQ courses are heavily subsidised (read: discount!). MOE-funded courses are subsidised by at least 90% while WDA-supported courses are subsided by up to 90% for mid-career employees aged 40 years and above.
Also, don’t forget to tap on your SkillsFuture credit of $500! Credit is claimable for WSQ-certified skills training courses if you’re aged 25 years and above.
Additional support under the Workfare Training Support Scheme is also available for Singaporeans aged 35 years and above and earning less than $1,900 a month. A training allowance of $4.50 per hour is provided in addition to course fee subsidies.
All you have to do is enrol directly with WDA’s CET Centres or training providers to enjoy the applicable course fee subsidies. You will then only need to pay the net fee after grant deduction.
Get hold of your grants and subsidies
A bond-free purchase
Singaporeans who want to deepen skills in sectors such as Advanced Manufacturing, Hospitality, Social Services and Early Childhood Education, can look forward to even greater news. Bond-free grants!
Skills upgrading requires commitment on your part to stay the course and apply your new skills. However, you will not be bonded to any organisation. Getting paid to upgrade your skills without having to serve a bond? Sounds like a good deal! Cash grants to support your skills upgrading are also up for grabs. SkillsFuture gives out individual study awards of up to $5,000 to support mid-career workers, and likewise, fellowships worth $10,000 each for senior workers.
Fresh graduates from polytechnics and ITEs aren’t left out either. On-the-job training and opportunities to build on skills and knowledge will give them the career boost they need. A sign-on incentive of $5,000
awaits students when they sign up for the Earn and Learn Programme upon graduation.
Which grants are you eligible for? Find out here
Investing in yourself
Want to catch the attention of an employer? Focus on your skills and what you can offer to employers. Investing in yourself through skills upgrading is the smartest choice to progress in the workforce. Instead of stressing about how your colleagues have been moving up the ladder or wondering if you are still an asset to the company, take the first important steps to empower yourself through re-training and give yourself a greater shot at better career opportunities.