Workfare Training Support Scheme
The Workfare Training Support (WTS) Scheme was introduced to complement the WIS. While WIS encourages older lower-wage workers to work by supplementing their income and retirement savings, WTS encourages them to upgrade their skills through training so that they can improve their employability and have the opportunity to earn more.
WTS covers more than 8,000 Certifiable Skills training courses accredited or supported by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) as well as academic Continuing Education and Training (CET) courses approved by the Ministry of Education (MOE). WTS comprises three components namely Enhanced Grant, Training Commitment Award and Workfare - Skill Up.
1. Enhanced Grant
The Enhanced Grant lowers training costs. Eligible workers (i.e. Singapore Citizens aged 35 years old and above, earning up to $1,900 per month) who are sent for training by employers can enjoy a course fee subsidy of 95%. Employers who send their eligible workers for skills training can also enjoy an absentee payroll at 95%. Employers will be able to claim the subsidy by applying through the SkillsConnect system at www.skillsconnect.gov.sg.
Working Singaporeans who sponsor their own training can enjoy a course fee subsidy of 95% and receive a training allowance at $4.50 per training hour on the condition that they achieve an attendance of at least 75%, sit for all assessments, pass the course and are employed in a vocation which is relevant to their training. Such trainees may apply for training allowance at Self-Help Groups, NTUC and WDA Career Centres at Community Development Councils (CDCs).
2. Training Commitment Award
The Training Commitment Award (TCA) encourages older lower-wage workers to continue training while they are working. Cash awards of up to $400 a year are given to encourage eligible workers to train consistently. Trainees, who must also be Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) recipients, will receive $200 if they achieve one of the following:
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||Academic CET courses
- 2 Statements of Attainment (SOAs) attained within a 12 month period; or
- 1 WSQ Qualification
- 1 Academic CET Modular Certificate or Post-Diploma Certificate; or
- 1 Academic CET Qualification
- 1 Qualification for other Certifiable Skills Training courses supported by WDA
TCA will be paid automatically along with the recipient’s WIS, as long as he fulfils the eligibility criteria for Training Commitment Award and WIS. Recipients will be notified of their TCA and WIS payments in March and September through post every year.
3. Workfare – Skill Up
The Workfare – Skill Up programme takes a holistic approach to help lower-wage workers, especially those without secondary education. It is designed to help lower-wage workers overcome training barriers and helps them attain literacy, numeracy and workplace skills, before they are extended assistance with finding jobs. Trainees will also be provided with assistance to help defray their opportunity costs. WDA will work with NTUC’s Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) and the Community Development Councils to jointly administer the programme.
Key elements of the programme include:
- Motivational workshops
- Cohort mentoring
- Workplace literacy & Generic / Soft skills training
- Vocational industry skills training
- Training allowances and milestone awards
- Dedicated job placement services