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CITREP Expanded: Critical Infocomm Technology Resource Programme

(01 April 2011 to 31 March 2013)

Critical Infocomm Technology Resource Programme (CITREP) was established by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) since 1996 with the objective to accelerate the development of emerging, critical and specialised infocomm skills to meet Singapore's infocomm manpower needs.

From 1 April 2011, CITREP has been expanded to cover new and emerging areas, such as Business Analytics, Cloud Computing, Green Infocomm. The aim is to deepen the capabilities of infocomm professionals and to ensure that Singapore's infocomm manpower continues to remain competitive with the developments in the industry globally and within Singapore.

Training courses and certifications which impart knowledge and skills in the identified skill areas will be evaluated and endorsed under CITREP Expanded. Self-sponsored trainees and organisations sponsoring their employees in these endorsed courses and certifications can apply for CITREP Expanded funding support.

 

Skill AreasTraining Course and Certification/AssessmentCertification Only
Critical Infocomm Skills Up to 50% of the nett payable course and certification/assessment fees, capped at S$2,500 per trainee

Up to 50% of the nett payable certification/ assessment fees, capped at S$500 per trainee

Emerging Infocomm Skills Up to 50% of the nett payable course and certification/assessment fees, capped at $2,500 per trainee

Up to 50% of the nett payable certification/ assessment fees, capped at $500 per trainee


Funding support is eligible for Singapore citizens and permanent residents. Valid for courses and examinations commencing on or before 31 March 2013.

Terms and conditions apply. For more details, please visit www.ida.gov.sg/citrep


MR Ref Code: CITREP1112/MR/12-05/492

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Skills Development Fund (SDF) / Skills Redevelopment Programme (SRP)

Through the Skills Development Fund (SDF), employers can enjoy grants for staff training though the funding rate may differ for various courses. Employers will need to apply via the SkillsConnect system to obtain training assistance for course fees. Funding for absentee payroll can be obtained via SkillsConnect.

 

Funding Mechanism

Employer-based funding is available for 2 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 Component

Courses Targeted at Rank & File

Certifiable Course fee support 80% of course fee capped at S$7/hr
Absentee payroll support 80% of hourly basic salary capped at S$4.50/hr
Others Course fee support S$2/hr

 

Eligibility

The general eligibility criteria are listed as follows:

  • Companies are registered or incorporated in Singapore
  • Supportable cost components (such as Course fees) are fully sponsored by companies
  • Trainees are employees who are either Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents (PR) of Singapore
  • Trainees have achieved at least 75% attendance and have sat for all examinations if the course leads to certification

 

Click HERE to access the SkillsConnect Portal.
Please refer to WDA’s website for the latest update on SDF/SRP Funding.

 

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Enhanced Training Support for SMEs

What is it?

The enhanced funding is intended for SMEs to encourage them to send their employees for training. This is based on feedback from SMEs and industry associations who have identified training and upgrading as a key area where they hoped to receive Government support.

Past studies have shown that SMEs are less likely to send their workers or themselves for training compared to larger companies.

The enhanced training support will be extended to local1 employees of SME establishments (hiring not more than 200 employees) registered or incorporated in Singapore. These employees must be fully sponsored by their employers to attend training. In addition, WDA will work with industry associations and agencies so that self-employed persons can also benefit from the enhanced training support through targeted programmes.

About 8,400 courses will potentially fall under this scheme. This includes certifiable courses supported by WDA and academic CET courses offered by the five Polytechnics/Institute of Technical Education. The three-year initiative takes effect from 1 July 2012. This initiative is expected to cost the Government about $30.5 million per year and benefit approximately 8,000 SMEs and 65,000 workers annually.

The enhanced training support scheme will include the following (Details appended as Table 1).

A) Higher Course Fee Funding
SMEs will enjoy subsidies of 90% of the course fees when they sponsor their employees for the above-mentioned CET courses. All employers of low-wage workers will continue to receive course fee funding at 90%-95% for WSQ training under the Workfare Training Support (WTS) scheme. Under the Workfare Training Support (WTS) scheme, employers who sponsor their employees (Singapore Citizens aged 35 years and above, and earning up to $1,700 per month) for WSQ training will be eligible for up to 95% of course fees and absentee payroll support.

B) Increased Absentee Payroll Cap
In addition to higher course fee funding, SMEs can also claim absentee payroll funding of 80% of basic hourly salary at a higher cap of $7.50 per hour, a significant increase over the current cap of $4.50 per hour. All employers of low-wage workers will continue to enjoy absentee payroll funding at 90%-95% of their basic hourly salary for WSQ training under the WTS scheme2.


Table 1: Enhanced Training support for SMEs

Existing Training  Support Scheme

Enhanced Training Support Scheme    

Certifiable Courses Supported by WDA

 

(Rank & File)

  • 80% course fee subsidy,  capped at $7 per hour for certifiable courses
  • 90% course fee subsidy for CET Centres' courses
  • Absentee Payroll funding of 80% of basic hourly salary, capped at $4.50 per hour

(Rank & File + PMEs)

  • 90% course fee subsidy, capped at $30 per hour for certifiable courses
  • 90% course fee subsidy for CET Centres' courses
  • $15 per hour for in-house certifiable training
  • Absentee Payroll of 80% of basic hourly salary, capped at $7.50 per hour

(PMEs)

  • 50% course fee subsidy, capped at $15 per hour for certifiable courses
  • 70% course fee subsidy for CET Centres' courses
  • Absentee Payroll funding of 80% of basic hourly salary, capped at $4.50 per hour

[1] For academic CET courses offered by the five Polytechnics/Institute of Technical Education, the enhanced training support will only be extended to Singapore Citizens (SCs).
[2] Under the Workfare Training Support (WTS) scheme, employers who sponsor their employees (Singapore Citizens aged 35 years and above, and earning up to $1,700 per month) for WSQ training will be eligible for up to 95% of course fees and absentee payroll support.


Who can qualify?

SMEs which meet all of the following criteria can qualify for the enhanced training support:
1) Organisation must be registered or incorporated in Singapore
2) Employment size of not more than 200
3) Trainee must be a Singapore Citizen (*Permanent Residents of Singapore also qualify for higher funding for certifiable courses supported by WDA, except for Academic CET courses at the Polytechnics/ ITE)
4) Trainee must be a bona fide employee (i.e. hired in accordance with Employment Act) and fully employer sponsored for the training).

For more information, please refer to http://www.wda.gov.sg/content/wdawebsite/programmes_and_initiatives/EnhancedTrainingSupportforSMEs.html