FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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General questions on SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme

What is the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme?

This is a work-learn programme that gives fresh graduates from polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) a head-start in careers related to their discipline of study. It provides them with more opportunities to build on the skills and knowledge they acquired in school, and to better support their transition into the workforce.

How will fresh polytechnic and ITE graduates benefit from the programme?

Polytechnic and ITE graduates will get a head-start in their careers by:

  • Acquiring relevant work experience and skills valued by the industry

  • Attaining industry-recognised qualifications/certification

  • Getting a sign-on incentive of S$5,000

  • Receiving a competitive starting salary and full-time employment with participating companies

  • Deepening skills through structured workplace learning, mentorship, and facilitated learning

  • Enjoying skills-based wage increments and meaningful career advancement pathways upon programme completion and satisfactory job performance

  • Advanced standing or credit exemption for the relevant degree programmes in selected sectors, subject to meeting the course entry requirements

What are some of the targeted sectors for the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme, and when will the sectoral programmes be rolled out?

Please refer to the full list of SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programmes open for application on the SkillsFuture Earn-and-Learn Programme page.

Who are the employers under the programme, and how have they been selected?

Employers under the programme come from various sectors. They include both MNCs and SMEs. They have been selected based on their ability and commitment to providing quality workplace training and meaningful career development opportunities for fresh graduates.

Will participants be allowed to choose their preferred employer?

Participants may indicate their preferred employer on the application form when they apply through the Programme Manager. The Programme Manager will forward all applications for participating employers’ consideration. Subject to the hiring and interview processes of each employer, participants may receive offers from more than one employer and may then select their preferred employer.

What is the total number of participants that will be accepted into the programme?

Depending on the number of employers and vacancies available, the total number of participants accepted may vary from sector to sector.

Questions on mechanics, eligibility criteria and signing up

How long is the programme?

The duration ranges from 12 to 18 months depending on the sector, job and training requirements

Will participants be paid during the programme?

Yes. To be on this programme, applicants need to be shortlisted and interviewed by participating employer(s). Successful candidates will be offered a job with competitive industry starting salaries and relevant staff benefits. The starting salary is dependent on the job role/position, as well as the employer.

Must the job placement be directly related to the field of study?

Yes, as the programme is designed to give fresh graduates a head-start in careers related to their discipline of study.

Who is eligible to participate in the programme?

Fresh polytechnic and ITE graduates who are Singaporeans or PRs may participate in the programme. However, only Singaporeans who are within three years of graduation or Operational Ready Date for National Servicemen will receive the sign-on incentive. Employers will receive the same grant regardless of whether the participant is a Singaporean or PR.

Fresh graduates are defined as those individuals who are hired by participating companies within 3 years after their graduation from the polytechnics or ITE (based on the graduation date as stated on the Diploma/NITEC/Higher NITEC certificates).

For male participants who need to serve National Service (NS), the 3-year period will start from their operationally-ready date (ORD).

Are fresh polytechnic and ITE graduates eligible to participate in the programme if they are already employed?

Yes, if the employer is on the programme or plans to sign up for it soon.

Are polytechnic and ITE graduates eligible to participate in the programme if they have been working for some time (say, a few years)?

Polytechnic and ITE graduates who have been working since graduation for a few years and already hired by participating employers may be eligible for the programme. Assessment will be on a case-by-case basis. However, the sign-on incentive will not be applicable as they are not considered fresh graduates. Employers will also need to provide suitable career progression pathways for these non-fresh Polytechnic or ITE graduates if they wish to accept them.

Are graduates from universities or private education institutions eligible to participate in the programme?

No. The programme is only open to local (Singaporean/PR) fresh polytechnics and ITE graduates.

How can fresh polytechnic and ITE graduates sign up for the programme?

The list of SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programmes and Programme Manager contact details are listed on the SkillsFuture Earn-and-Learn Programme page. Please contact the respective Programme Managers to find out how to apply programme.

Will participants be required to pay any fees?

Participants will not be required to pay any course fees for the programme, as this will be borne jointly by the Government and employers. Each eligible Singaporean who is successfully placed on the programme will receive a sign-on incentive of S$5,000, which will be disbursed in two tranches.

Participants who withdraw from the programme will be required to return the sign-on incentive. Participants are strongly encouraged to complete the programme so that they can realise its benefits. Participants who join another participating company in the same sector and are able to complete the Programme are eligible for the full sign-on incentive.

Other Questions

How much is the sign-on incentive?

Each eligible Singaporean who is successfully placed on the programme will receive a sign-on incentive of S$5,000, which will be disbursed in two tranches.

Will participants be allowed to withdraw from the programme?

Participants who withdraw from the programme will be required to return the sign-on incentive. Participants are strongly encouraged to complete the programme so that they can realise its benefits. Participants who join another participating company in the same sector and are able to complete the Programme are eligible for the full sign-on incentive.

Will participants have to return the sign-on incentive if they are asked to leave, or if their employment has been terminated by the employer?

Participants who are asked to leave, or have their employment terminated by the employer, will be required to return the sign-on incentive. Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis, based on considerations of the extent of the individual’s commitment to the programme, conduct during the programme, control over the withdrawal etc.

Will participants have to return the sign-on incentive if they join another firm which is also on the programme?

Participants who join another participating company in the same sector and are able to complete the Programme may be eligible for the full sign-on incentive. The Programme Manager will assess each case, taking into account the impact on the employer and the participant’s ability to complete the programme.

Will participants be bonded to their employers?

There is generally no bond imposed on the participant. However, for certain sectors, the cost of training may be extremely high. Employers may hence need to bond participants.