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Singapore Workforce Development Agency

What is the Skills Development Fund?

The Skills Development Fund (SDF) was established in 1979 with the primary objective to encourage employers in upgrading the skills of the employees. In line with the objective and spirit of the SDF, WDA subsidises course fees as an incentive to companies to send employees for training.

SDF provides financial assistance to employers to encourage them to train and upgrade the skills of their workers. This furthers the goal of equipping workers with the necessary capabilities to sustain Singapore’s competitiveness and economic growth.

What are the Funding Assistances for SDF supported Trainees?

Trainees will be eligible for funding of up to 80% of course fee.

Who qualify for SDF Training Assistance?

  • Training is fully sponsored by companies
  • Companies are registered or incorporated in Singapore
  • 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

 

Skills Redevelopment Programme (SRP)

Eligibility for SRP Absentee Payroll Funding

  • Companies are registered or incorporated in Singapore
  • 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
  • Trainees continue to receive salary when they go for training
  • Company must submit an application to Skills Development Fund (SDF) to claim course fees funding for the same trainees and course for the absentee payroll funding application

Please contact Workforce Development Agency @ 6883 5885 or login to www.skillsconnect.gov.sg for more information.

SkillsConnect System

The SkillsConnect system is an e-portal which serves as a central gateway for the Singapore Workforce Development Agency’s (WDA’s) business partners and customers to apply for accreditation and training incentives.

The SkillsConnect System will replace the existing systems for SDF claims and absentee payroll. You need to familiarize yourself with the new SkillsConnect system and to learn how to use the system to apply for funding efficiently.

Benefits of the SkillsConnect system

  • Greater convenience and higher service levels for Training Organizations and Companies which will no longer need to access multiple systems to apply for SDF grants and absentee payroll.
  • Training Organizations will be able to apply for course accreditations and obtain funding approval for their accredited courses in a streamlined process. They no longer need to access different systems.