Training is vital to not only sustaining, but developing an organisation


Staffs who are trained regularly feel more appreciated by their employers.This translates into higher workplace confidence,a better working environment and ultimately improved productivity.


A company which values training also attracts prospective employees.

  • Employer-Based funding
  • Workfare Training Support (WTS) Scheme

Funding Mechanism

Employers are best placed to know what kind of training is needed to sustain and develop their organisation.

Through the Skills Development Fund (SDF), employers can enjoy grants to support staff training. The funding rate may differ for various courses. SDF is funded through the Skills Deveopment Levy (SDL).

Click here to learn more about SDL.

Employers can apply via the SkillsConnect system to obtain training assistance for course fees and funding for absentee payroll.

View more information on SDF.

Use the Absentee Payroll Calculator.

Employer-based funding is available for two types of training:

  • Certifiable Skills Training - refers to training that leads to national or industry-wide certification.
  • Other Training - refers to training that does not lead to national or industry-wide certification.
Type of courses Funding components Conducted by Courses targeted at Rank & File Courses targeted at PMETs*
Certifiable Course fee support External training providers 80% of course fee capped at $7/hr

50% of course fee capped at $15/hr

In-house instructors


Absentee payroll support External training providers / in-house instructors

80% of hourly based salary capped at $4.50/hr

Others# Course fee support External training providers / in-house instructors


* Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians.
# Funding for other training courses conducted by external training providers is capped at 100% of course fees.

Eligibility Criteria

General Criteria

The general eligibility criteria are listed as follows:

  • Companies must be registered or incorporated in Singapore
  • Trainees should be fully sponsored by companies for all costs associated with the training
  • Trainees must be employed, and are either Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents (PR) of Singapore
  • Trainees must achieve at least 75% attendance, and have sat for all examinations if the course leads to certification

Employability Skills (ES) Training - Additional Criteria

Trainees seeking support for ES courses must meet  an additional criteria (in addition to the ones listed above):

  • For Workplace Literacy (WPL) and/or Workplace Numeracy (WPN) training courses under the Singapore Employability Skills System (ES), the trainee(s) must have completed the Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WPLN) appraisal and be recommended for training in the particular WPL and/or WPN module.

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