SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package
The SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package will support close to 100,000 jobseekers. The package aims to expand job, traineeship, and skills training opportunities to support Singaporeans affected by the economic impact of COVID-19. These will help Singaporeans to acquire job-related skills and capabilities, and access expanded employment opportunities.
This builds on the strong base of employment and training support that has been provided through the SkillsFuture movement and the Adapt and Grow initiative, including enhancements announced in the 2020 Unity and Resilience Budgets.
Under the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), Ministry of Education (MOE), and Public Service Division (PSD) will roll out the following key initiatives:
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The SGUnited Jobs initiative will be scaled up, with a target of creating 40,000 jobs in 2020, of which about 15,000 openings will be in the public sector. These consist of a variety of long-term and short-term roles, to meet future and immediate needs.
The public sector is bringing forward agencies’ hiring plans, creating jobs in new capabilities and functions, and creating short-term jobs to meet the needs of COVID-19-related operations. The public sector will also provide two-year positions to local jobseekers and train them in key capability areas, to eventually place them in relevant private sector jobs.
Agencies will also work with businesses to create about 25,000 jobs in the private sector. To help jobseekers continue to access good longer-term job opportunities, agencies will also work with programme partners to scale up the capacity of career conversion programmes, including those under the Adapt and Grow initiative, to more than 14,000 places this year, especially in growth sectors such as Infocomm & Technology and Financial Services.
Jobseekers can explore these new job opportunities by searching for the #sgunitedjobs hashtag at https://www.mycareersfuture.sg.
SGUnited Traineeships and Mid-Career Traineeships Programmes
The SGUnited Traineeships (SGUT) programme was introduced in the March 2020 Resilience Budget, to provide recent and new graduates with opportunities to gain valuable industry-relevant experience, and build professional networks, amidst weaker hiring sentiments during the COVID-19 outbreak. WSG co-funds 80% of the qualifying training allowance for host companies offering traineeship opportunities, with the remaining being funded by the employer.
Given the strong interest from businesses and public agencies, the Government aims to increase the number of traineeships available this year, from 8,000 to 21,000. These will include new traineeship positions in our R&D sector, including our universities, A*STAR research institutes, AI Singapore, and local deep-tech startups through SG Innovate. Recent and new graduates can apply for these opportunities by searching for the #sgunitedtraineeships hashtag on MyCareersFuture.sg from 1 June 2020 onwards. Interested trainees should also check against the list of approved host companies maintained by SBF before applying.
To cater to the needs of mid-career individuals, a new SGUnited Mid-Career Traineeships programme will be created, to facilitate about 4,000 more traineeships for unemployed mid-career locals looking to gain meaningful industry-relevant experience and boost their employability. This will be on top of the 21,000 opportunities under the SGUnited Traineeships Programme. More details will be provided in due course.
Overall, both programmes aim to facilitate about 25,000 traineeship opportunities for new graduates and experienced professionals.
SGUnited Skills Programme
The SGUnited Skills programme is a full-time training programme ranging from six to 12 months. The programme will comprise certifiable courses delivered by Continuing Education and Training (CET) Centres, including Institutes of Higher Learning. The training courses are designed in partnership with the industry to help trainees acquire industry-relevant skills that can improve their employability. Trainees will also have the chance to apply the skills learnt during the programme, through opportunities like workplace immersions and industry projects.
Trainees will also benefit from employment facilitation efforts offered by training providers. To facilitate transition to employment as and when job opportunities are present, the SGUnited Skills programme will be conducted in a modular format.
Trainees will also receive a training allowance of $1,200 per month for the duration of the programme, to cover basic subsistence expenses. Course fees will be highly subsidised, to keep the SGUnited Skills programme affordable. Individuals can use their SkillsFuture Credit to offset the course fees.
This programme will be rolled out progressively from July 2020.
Enhanced Hiring Incentive
The Hiring Incentive was introduced as part of the SkillsFuture Mid-Career Support Package (SMCSP) in the February 2020 Unity Budget, for employers who hire local workers aged 40 and above through eligible reskilling programmes. For each eligible worker hired, the employer would receive 20% salary support for six months, capped at $6,000 in total. Eligible reskilling programmes were the Professional Conversion Programmes (PCPs), Place-and-Train (PnT) programmes for rank-and-file workers, and career transition programmes by Continuing Education and Training (CET) centres.
Given the impact of COVID-19, the Hiring Incentive will be enhanced to cover local workers of all ages, with increased support for those aged 40 and above. The list of eligible reskilling and training programmes will be expanded and the enhanced Hiring Incentive will be applicable to any hire from eligible reskilling programmes from 27 May onwards.
A summary of the enhancements to the Hiring Incentive is in Table 1.
Table 1: Enhancements to the Hiring Incentive
Hiring Incentive under SMCSP (February 2020 Unity Budget)
Enhanced Hiring Incentive (May 2020 Fortitude Budget)
|Eligible reskilling programmes
Eligible reskilling or training programmes
 Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents who (i) graduated in 2019 or are graduating in 2020 from ITE, polytechnics, universities, or other educational institutions (e.g. private universities and overseas institutions); or (ii) graduated earlier from the above institutions and completed National Service in 2019 or 2020, are eligible to apply for the SGUnited Traineeships Programme.
 The monthly training allowance provided to each trainee may vary, depending on the traineeship requirements.
 Trainees who are concurrently receiving COVID-19 Support Grant (CSG) or Self-Employed Person Income Relief Scheme (SIRS) payouts will receive a lower training allowance as they are already receiving income relief.