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Advance Placement Scheme (APS) for Foreign Domestic Workers

Find out if you are eligible for a foreign domestic worker (FDW) on the Advance Placement Scheme and the participating employment agencies you can approach.

What is it

The Advance Placement Scheme (APS) for Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs) is a year-long pilot which started in August 2016. It was proposed by the employment agency industry to enable faster placement and better matching of FDWs for employers with caregiving needs.

Participating EAs are allowed to source for and bring in a specific number of FDWs before they have found an employer. This enables employers to conduct face-to-face interviews with prospective FDWs to facilitate better matching. As these FDWs are already in Singapore, they can also be quickly deployed to the households.

Who is eligible

To qualify for APS, you need to be eligible for the FDW Concessionary Levy scheme.

Participating employment agencies

You can approach any of the following EAs to enquire about hiring an APS FDW:

Employment agency Participating on Eldercarer FDW Scheme
A4 Employment Agency Yes
Achieve Employment No
Active Global Specialised Caregivers Yes
Brilliant Sky Employment Agency No
Budget Employment Agency Yes
Budget Employment Service Centre Yes
Homekeeper International Yes
Homekeeper Jobsplacement Yes
Hon Employment Services Yes
Maid Management Services Yes
Max Employment Agency No
Nation Employment Yes
Patience Employment Agency Yes
Skills & Resources Consultancy No
United Channel Employment Agency Yes
United Channel Services Yes
Find employment agencies with the employment agencies and personnel search (EA Directory).

If you need an FDW trained in eldercare

If you need to hire an Eldercare-trained FDW, you can approach any of the EAs who are able to provide FDWs trained in Eldercare. They are part of MOH’s pilot Eldercarer FDW Scheme that taps on the APS

Caregivers Training Grant

You may also be eligible for the Caregivers Training Grant (CTG). If eligible, CTG could offset up to $200 for training under the Eldercarer FDW Scheme.

Under CTG, you may also continue to send your FDW for further training with the other approved courses.

Last Updated: 18 April 2017