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MOM Introduces a Work Holiday Programme

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will introduce a Work Holiday Programme (WHP) from 1 December 2007 to allow undergraduates and graduates from overseas to experience living and working in Singapore for a short period. There is a growing trend of well-qualified young people travelling abroad to gain exposure and experience foreign cultures. A positive experience of living and working in Singapore under the programme could encourage some of them to work here when they graduate, or at a later stage in their careers. This programme will help enhance Singapore's reputation as a talent destination, valued for its working and living experiences.
2.   This new programme will first start with 2,000 places for students and graduates from universities in Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States. Students who have gained admission but are awaiting commencement of their courses may also apply. Applicants must be between 17 and 30 years of age. MOM will review the scheme over time and make changes if necessary, including to the list of locations allowed.      
3.   The WHP pass is valid for six months. Participants of the WHP are allowed to work during this period. They are not restricted to only specific types of work. Since this is a short work stint, they are also not subject to any minimum salary requirement. They must however be able to support themselves during their stay in Singapore and show proof of exit after six months.
4.   More information on the WHP is available on the Ministry's website or Call-Centre at (65) 6438 5122.