What are the available course subsidies/fundings/grants?
As a SkillsFuture Singapore Approved Training Organisation (ATO), we are happy to say that our courses are eligible for a range of fundings to make training costs affordable to Singaporeans, Singapore Permanent Residents (PRs) and Companies.
For our WSQ and non-WSQ courses approved by Skillsfuture Singapore (SSG), both Self- Sponsored Individuals and Companies (SMEs and Non-SMEs) can apply from the following list of grants to subsidise the course fees.
Self Sponsored Individuals
- SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES) Aged 40 years and up – 70% course funding
- Singapore Citizens and PRs ages 21 – 39 years old – 50% course funding
- SkillsFuture Credit
Company Sponsored Individuals
For more detailed information on funding for our courses, please see below.
For more detailed information about SkillsFuture Singapore, please click here.
- Self Sponsored Individuals - Aged 21 - 39
- Self Sponsored Individuals - Aged 40 and above
- Company Sponsored (SME)
- Company Sponsored (Non-SME)
Eligible Individuals (Singaporeans and PRs aged 21 – 39) can enjoy 50% subsidy off course fees for certifiable WSQ courses approved by Skillsfuture.
E.g. For our 16-hour WSQ course at $899, SSG subsidizes $449.50. Therefore, you only need to pay the balance of $449.50.
You can also choose to offset any remaining course fees (In this case $449.50) with your Skillsfuture Credit funds if eligible. Therefore, you may enjoy up to 100% subsidy with the combination above.
The SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES) is eligible for Singaporeans aged 40 years and above.
Eligible Individuals can enjoy 70% subsidy off course fees for certifiable WSQ courses approved by Skillsfuture in Aesperon Academy. E.g. For our 16-hour WSQ course at $899, SSG subsidizes $630. Therefore, you only need to pay the balance of $270.
Furthermore, you can choose to offset any remaining course fees (In this case $269) with your Skillsfuture Credit funds. (If eligible) Therefore, you may enjoy up to 100% subsidy with the combination above.
For certifiable (WSQ) and non-certifiable (non-WSQ) courses approved by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), companies (SMEs) can apply under the following grant schemes to subsidise the course fees.
Enhanced Training Support for SMEs
The Enhanced Training Support is eligible for organizations who meets ALL of the following criteria:
SMEs that meet all of the following eligibility criteria:
- Registered or incorporated in Singapore
- At least 30% local shareholding by Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents
- Employment size of not more than 200 (at group level) or with annual sales turnover (at group level) of not more than $100 million
- Must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents.
- Courses have to be fully paid for by the employer.
- Trainee is not a full-time national serviceman.
SMEs sponsoring their employees (Singaporean Citizens and PRs) for certifiable (WSQ) courses approved by SkillsFuture at Aesperon Academy will enjoy subsidies of up to 70% off the course fees.
E.g. Your company is an SME and you are sending your employee (A Singapore Citizen aged 32 years old) for our 16-hour WSQ course at $899. By applying for the ETTS funding, you only need to pay the balance of $270.
In addition to the Enhanced Training Support for SMEs, SMEs can also claim Absentee Payroll of $4.50 per hour when their employees attend courses during working hours.
AP funding is a grant to help you defray the manpower costs incurred when you send your employees for training courses funded by SSG.
All locally registered or incorporated organisations in Singapore are eligible for course fee and absentee payroll funding when you sponsor your Singapore Citizen and Permanent Resident employees for training courses funded by SSG.
For certifiable (WSQ) courses approved by SkillsFuture, employers (SMEs) may claim a standardised $4.50 per training hour of absentee payroll
Furthermore after the 70% subsidy off above, you can apply for an additional Absentee Payroll of $4.50* 16 hours =$72
Therefore, you will only pay $198 for sending your learners to our course.
For certifiable (WSQ) and non-certifiable (non-WSQ) courses approved by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), companies (Non-SMEs) can apply under the following grant schemes to subsidise the course fees.
- Absentee Payroll
- Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents
For Singaporean Citizen and Singaporean Permanent Resident employees aged 21 to 39, companies (non-SMEs) can apply for funding of 50% off course fees. Example scenario: You send your employee for a 16-hour certifiable (WSQ) course costing $899. The grant amount will be $449.50. You pay $449.50.
For Singaporean Citizen and Singaporean Permanent Resident employees aged 40 and above, companies (non-SMEs) can apply for funding of up to 70% of course fees.
Example scenario: You send your employee for a 16-hour certifiable (WSQ) course costing $899. The grant amount will be 70% or $629. You pay $270.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I eligible for the funding for your courses?
Depending on if you are self-sponsored or sponsored by your employer to attend the courses, you’re eligible for different funding options! See above to see the funding options available to you.
Overall, to qualify for the SSG subsidy an individual must meet the following criteria
- Be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident
- Must successfully enrol and be accepted into the training programme
If you are still unsure, send us a chat and we will help match the right funding to your profile!
How much does each course cost?
It differs! Under each course, you’ll find the various pricing depending on your profile.
Once you find the right pricing, you can register for the course. Note that If you have SkillsFuture Credits remaining, you may use it to further offset this course fee.
Generally, if you are self-sponsored, you can use your SkillsFuture Credit to offset 100% of your course fees. So, you get to reap all the learning with $0 out of your own pocket! Happy Days!
Can I use my Skillsfuture Credit to pay for the remaining course fees?
YES! If you are self-sponsored, you can use your Skillsfuture Credit to pay up to 100% of the course fees. So, you get to reap all the learning with $0 out of your own pocket!
Once you register, we will help guide you through how to apply for Skillsfuture credit grant.
How much Skillsfuture Credit do I have?
Opening SkillsFuture Credit of $500
SkillsFuture Credit aims to encourage individuals to take ownership of their skills development and lifelong learning. Introduced in 2015, all Singaporeans aged 25 and above will receive an opening credit of S$500.
One-Off SkillsFuture Credit Top-Up
To further encourage Singaporeans to take timely action to reskill and upskill to seize opportunities in the future economy, a one-off SkillsFuture Credit top-up of $500 will be provided to every Singapore Citizen aged 25 years and above as at 31 December 2020.
From 1 October 2020, this top-up can be used on all SkillsFuture Credit-eligible courses, and will expire on 31 Dec 2025.
Additional SkillsFuture Credit (Mid-Career Support)
To improve individuals’ access to career transition programmes, a one-off SkillsFuture Credit of $500 will be provided to every Singapore Citizen (SC) aged 40 to 60 (inclusive) as at 31 December 2020. This will be over and above the $500 SkillsFuture Credit top-up for SCs aged 25 and above as at 31 December 2020.
All unused credit from this additional SkillsFuture Credit will expire on 31 December 2025.
This credit can be used to offset any outstanding course fees for SkillsFuture approved courses.
You can check how much Skillsfuture Credit you have in your SkillsFuture Credit account.
How do I apply/claim for the "Enhanced Training Support for SMEs" grant for my company?
To apply for the Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS) grant, employers need to register their employees for a certifiable (WSQ) course at Aesperon Academy. Upon completing your registration with us, we will apply for the training grant on your behalf.
How do I apply for Absentee Payroll?
After the course, your company’s CorpPass user with the assigned credentials will receive a notification to login to Enterprise Portal for Jobs & Skills (EPJS) to declare the employment details for the trainee.
Once you register with us, our Admission Team will guide you through the process. For more information now, you may also refer to the Absentee Payroll Claim Onboarding Guide.
Do I really need to hit a minimum attendance and pass the assessment?
Yes! You will need to have a minimum of 75% attendance and complete the assessment.
How can I be assured that the training course will be carried out with the highest quality and applicable to my workplace?
As a Skillsfuture Singapore Approved Training Organisation (ATO), we work very closely with Skillsfuture to develop our course curriculum to ensure that the programmes meet the needs and reflect the future of the industry.
All courses also have to be industry-relevant in order to qualify for Skillsfuture Series and are very much driven by industry demands.
We encourage you to download the course brochure of the courses you are interested in, to understand in further detail how it can fit into your career aspirations and interest. If you have further questions, our Growth Specialists will be happy to have a call with you to guide you through the best course to take!