Monday, 9 November 2015

SkillsFuture Credit: $500 credit from 1 January 2016 for Singaporeans aged 25 and above to pay for course fees

'Take charge of your own skills upgrading'
SkillsFuture Credit empowers Singaporeans to choose courses: Acting Education Minister
By Olivia Ho, The Sunday Times, 8 Nov 2015

Singaporeans need to take skills upgrading into their own hands, said Acting Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung.

He announced yesterday that all Singaporeans aged 25 and above will receive $500 worth of SkillsFuture Credit from Jan 1 next year, and can use it for a range of about 10,000 courses.

Speaking at the Lifelong Learning Festival, he said: "SkillsFuture Credit is not meant to be just a monetary grant, but is also a clear signal that each of us is empowered and needs to take charge of our own skills advancement," he said.

More than two million Singaporeans next year will get the initial SkillsFuture Credit of $500, which is administered by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and can be used for Government-approved courses in 57 areas.

The Government has set aside more than $1 billion so far to fund the scheme.

The subjects on offer range from Chinese restaurant cooking to 3D animation at LaSalle College of the Arts to a master's in nursing.

More details on the 10,000 courses will be available through an online course directory, which will be launched on Nov 20.

First announced by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam when he presented the Budget in February, the SkillsFuture Credit is meant to support Singaporeans in their pursuit of lifelong learning.

Singaporeans will receive a letter in January about their SkillsFuture Credit account activation.

The credit, which does not expire, will be periodically topped up and can be used on top of other government subsidies.

Singaporeans need not choose only courses relevant to their current job or industry, in case they should want to explore a career switch.

A WDA spokesman said: "The SkillsFuture Credit does not restrict the individual from choosing the type of course that he or she is interested to take up. The key is that SkillsFuture Credit empowers the individual to choose according to his or her aspiration."

She added that the age limit for the credit is meant to target Singaporeans who have completed their full-time education and are already in the workforce.

Those younger than 25 but who want to get a head start in skills upgrading can look to other SkillsFuture initiatives, such as the Earn and Learn Programme for fresh graduates from polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education.

Media lecturer Muhd Fuadi Rahmat is eager to receive his credit, which he hopes to use for a course on youth development and counselling.

"I have academic skills, but I want to be able to motivate my students and help them in other ways," said the 48-year-old, who teaches at the Management Development Institute of Singapore.

Assistant human resource manager Lynn Loh, 42, has her eye on a data management course as she wants to stay on top of new IT developments in her field.

"For me, it's about staying employable and enriching myself," she said. "Then more opportunities will open up in my career."

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Directory of SkillsFuture courses online
Site launched early to let citizens explore courses, have more time to plan their training
By Aw Cheng Wei, The Straits Times, 21 Nov 2015

More than two million Singaporeans, who will receive their SkillsFuture Credit next year, can start exploring the courses they want to take with an online directory launched yesterday.

The website was launched early to give citizens more time to plan their training, the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) said in a statement. The directory now lists 10,000 courses - ranging from financial literacy to photography and cooking - focused on skills training.

They are offered by more than 500 providers, such as Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore Institute of Management and Nanyang Technological University.

In January, all Singaporeans aged 25 and above will receive a letter about the activation of their SkillsFuture Credit accounts. The letter will include a step-by-step guide on how to use their initial $500 worth of credit.

The amount will not expire and the Government will provide periodic top-ups, so Singaporeans can save up to pay for more expensive courses. It can also be used on top of other government subsidies.

More than $1 billion has been set aside by the Government to fund this scheme, to support Singaporeans in lifelong learning.

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Posted by SkillsFuture SG on Thursday, November 19, 2015

The SkillsFuture Credit scheme was part of Budget measures announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies Tharman Shanmugaratnam in February. It is administered by WDA and can be used for government-approved courses in 57 areas, including aerospace, sports and healthcare.

Singaporeans can choose any course, and are not limited to those relevant to their current job or industry, should they wish to explore a career switch.

Earlier this month, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung urged Singaporeans to take charge of their own skills upgrading. He said the credit is "not meant to be just a monetary grant, but is also a clear signal that each of us is empowered and needs to take charge of our own skills".

Accountant Lee Tze Kang, 28, said he is looking forward to getting the credits. He plans to take up baking classes with his girlfriend, Ms Debbie Wong, 26, a banker.

His only worry is that the classes will be held on weekdays, making it hard for him to attend as he has a full-time job.

He said: "With the website, I plan to send an e-mail to the course provider to ask for the class schedule."

The SkillsFuture Credit course directory went live today. There are about 10,000 courses across 57 areas and...
Posted by Ong Ye Kung on Friday, November 20, 2015

Initiatives to promote learning
The Sunday Times, 8 Nov 2015

At the two-day Lifelong Learning Festival yesterday, some new initiatives were launched to promote continuous learning:


A $3 million fund that invites individuals and groups to submit proposals from next year for community-led projects to promote learning. These could include making a video or organising a learning festival.


A hands-on initiative for children and adults to learn through play, which will see pop-up booths spring up across the island, with activities such as building small solar cars.


An online portal,, that offers interactive bite-size learning modules on subjects such as food and wine pairing and CPR life-saving.

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