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:

  • Scale up job opportunities under SGUnited Jobs Initiative and Place-and-Train conversion programmes;
  • Expand traineeships through SGUnited Traineeships Programme for recent and new graduates, and SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme for mid-career individuals;
  • Strengthen training support through SGUnited Skills programme; and
  • Enhance the Hiring Incentive under the SkillsFuture Mid-Career Support Package

For more information, please click here.

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SGUnited Traineeships Programmes

The SGUnited Traineeships programme was introduced in the March 2020 Resilience Budget, to provide recent and new graduates[1] 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[2] for the trainees and the remaining is funded by the host organisation.

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 from 1 June 2020 onwards. Interested trainees should also check against the list of approved host organisations maintained by the programme manager, the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) before applying.

For more information, please click the respective links for trainees and host companies.

 

SGUnited Skills Programme

The SGUnited Skills programme comprises a wide range of training courses to help Singaporeans acquire in-demand and emerging skills across several sectors, especially those with good hiring opportunities.

These courses are designed in partnership with the industry and delivered by Continuing Education Training (CET) Centres, including Institutes of Higher Learning.

Other benefits of the programme include:

• Modular format of programme allows you flexible and early exit without penalty when you find a job

• Monthly training allowance of $1,200 during your duration in the programme to help cover basic expenses

• Potential participation in workplace immersion and industry projects to allow you to apply skills learnt

• Employment facilitation to enhance your job-searching opportunities

What’s more, you may also use your SkillsFuture Credit to offset course fees.

 

Budget 2021 sees the following changes:

• Programme will be extended to 31 March 2022

• There will be more training places available for courses in sectors with good hiring opportunities

• Course duration for new intakes of SGUnited Skills Programme from April 2021 will be condensed

Click here for the list of SGUnited Skills Programme courses 

 

SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme

This programme was introduced to provide mid-career individuals with traineeships and training opportunities at companies and public sector agencies. You may choose either an attachment or training. 

SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme - Company Attachments

Provide opportunities for mid-career individuals to take on a company attachment with host organisations and gain meaningful industry-relevant experience to boost employability, while receiving a training allowance of up to $3,800. For more information, please click the respective links for trainees and host organisations.

 

SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme - Company Training

The Company Training track under the SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme helps mid-career individuals acquire industry-relevant skills through training with reputable companies and market leaders such as Korn Ferry and SAP.

The courses under the programme are designed in partnership, and delivered by the companies.

Other benefits of the programme include:

• Modular format of programme allows you flexible and early exit without penalty when you find a job

• Monthly training allowance of $1,500 during your duration in the programme to help cover basic expenses

• Potential participation in workplace immersion and industry projects to allow you to apply skills learnt

• Employment facilitation to enhance your job-searching opportunities

You can also use your SkillsFuture Credit to offset course fees.

 

Budget 2021 sees the following changes:

• Programme will be extended to 31 March 2022

• There will be more training places available for courses in sectors with good hiring opportunities

• Course duration for new intakes of SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme - Company Training from April 2021 will be condensed

Click here for the list of SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme – Company Training courses 

 

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.

With effect from 1 Sep 2020, the hiring incentive has been replaced by the Jobs Growth Incentive. Click here for details.

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)

Salary support

  • Employers that hire a local worker aged 40 and above who had gone through an eligible reskilling programme can receive salary support of 20% for six months, capped at $6,000 in total.

 

 

Salary support
  • Employers that hire a local worker aged 40 and above who had gone through an eligible reskilling programme or training programme can receive salary support of 40% for six months, capped at $12,000 in total.
  • Employers that hire a local worker aged below 40 who had gone through an eligible reskilling or training programme can receive salary support of 20% for six months, capped at $6,000 in total.
Eligible reskilling programmes
  • PCPs
  • PnT programmes for rank-and-file workers
  • Career transition programmes by CET centres

Eligible reskilling or training programmes

  • PCPs
  • PnT programmes for rank-and-file workers
  • Career transition programmes by CET centres
  • SGUnited Traineeships
  • SGUnited Mid-Career Traineeships
  • SGUnited Skills

 

[1] 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.

[2] The monthly training allowance provided to each trainee may vary, depending on the traineeship requirements.

[3] Recipients of the COVID-19 Support Grant (CSG) and the Self-Employed Person Income Relief Scheme (SIRS) will receive top-ups to their CSG/SIRS payouts for participating in the training. CSG recipients will receive a top-up of $400 and SIRS recipients will receive a top-up of $200. They will receive the SGUnited Skills training allowance of $1,200 after those payouts are completed.