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Lean Enterprise Development (LED) Scheme

The LED Scheme helps progressive enterprises transform and grow in the new manpower-lean landscape.

At a glance

Related form LED Scheme application form (41KB)

What is it

The LED Scheme supports your company to:

  • Become more manpower-lean.
  • Build a stronger Singaporean core.
  • Develop a better quality workforce.

A cross-agency LED taskforce comprising Enterprise SG, WSG, NTUC’s e2i, MOM, EDB, STB, IMDA and BCA, will help you in a coordinated manner to tap on relevant assistance schemes. Relevant assistance schemes include:

Assistance scheme Administering agency
Business Improvement Fund STB
Enterprise Development Grant Enterprise SG
Inclusive Growth Programme NTUC’s e2i
Productivity Solutions Grant
Grant support for pre-approved solutions under the SMEs Go Digital programme were streamlined into PSG on 1 April 2018.
Enterprise SG
WorkPro WSG
You can find digital solutions that can help address your business needs, and also check out WSG’s manpower-lean programmes.

In addition to the existing assistance schemes, the LED Scheme can also provide transitional manpower support where merited, to facilitate day-to-day operations, if firms need more time to complete the transformation to be within their Dependency Ratio Ceiling or quota. This may include the following:

  • Allow companies to have temporary foreign workers while recruiting and training locals to take on better jobs.
  • Allow pooling of foreign expertise at the industry level to help transfer know-how to the local workforce.


The LED Scheme is open to all enterprises that are interested to become more manpower-lean, develop a stronger Singaporean core, and build a better quality workforce.

How long does transitionary manpower support last

The duration of the transitional manpower support for each enterprise project is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, depending on the transformation plan.

How to apply

To submit a proposal for the LED Scheme:

  1. Download and complete the LED Scheme application form (41KB).
  2. Email it to

LED Multipliers

Our LED Multipliers are partners who help us to accelerate the adoption of manpower-lean initiatives under the LED Scheme. You can contact them if you wish to:

  • Find out more about the LED Scheme.
  • Seek their advice on your proposal to develop LED projects.
LED Multiplier Email
Association of Early Childhood and Training Services (ASSETS)
Singapore Institute of Retail Studies (SIRS)
Singapore Polytechnic (SP)

LED bulletin

October 2018 (3.7MB)

  • Dressed for Success with Innovation – La Belle Couture
  • Beauty with a Personal Touch – Jean Yip Loft

June 2018 (815KB)

  • Delivering Quality Childcare with improved productivity – Association of Early Childhood and Training Services (ASSETS)
  • Centralised Dining Experience with increased productivity – Timbre Group

Past issuesShow

April 2018 (2.8MB)

  • Surprising Your Senses with a Digital Dining Experience – The Gratify Group
  • Delivering Value in a Seamless Process – MARKONO Print Media

December 2017 (3MB)

  • Kidney Care Goes Digital – The National Kidney Foundation (NKF)
  • Zero-ing In on a Fast & Easy Service! – Zero Spot

October 2017 (4MB)

  • Cobie At Your Service! – Cali Café & Bar
  • LED Symposium 2017 – Transform and Grow – Towards Lean Industries

May 2017 (8.5MB)

  • Currying Up! – Singapore Curry by Velu’s
  • Helping Everyone Build – Tiong Seng

February 2017 (4.9MB)

  • Painting New Change – Johong Hardware & Paints
  • Joint Collaborations: Lunch is Ready! – The Association of Early Childhood and Training Services (ASSETS)

January 2017 (1.8MB)

  • Visualising the Future of Design – Workforce Advancement Federation (WAF)

December 2016 (1.9MB)

  • The Automated Advantage – Freshening Industries
  • Urbanising Pest Control Operations – Pestbusters Singapore

November 2016 (3.2MB)

  • LED Symposium 2016 - Transform and Grow – Building Manpower-Lean SMEs
  • Industry Transformer – Container Depot Association (Singapore) (CDAS)

October 2016 (459KB)

  • Co-opetition – Cooperate to compete
  • Popeyes – Cutting the queue!