Workfare Training Support (WTS) Scheme
The Workfare Training Support (WTS) scheme is introduced to complement the Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) While WIS encourages older low-wage workers to work by supplementing their income and retirement savings, WTS encourages them to upgrade their skills through training so that they can improve their employability, upgrade to better jobs and earn more. Together, they make up Workfare, a key pillar of Singapore's social security landscape to provide support for low-wage workers so they have the best chance to progress.
WTS covers training courses offered under the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) System, including Employability Skills (ES) training courses. All WSQ courses receive 90% or 95% course fee funding support under WTS. This means that older low-wage workers, or their employers, only need to pay 5% or 10% course fees for all WSQ courses.
WTS takes effect from 1 July 2010 and will run for a period of three years.