SkillsFuture Study Award for Food Manufacturing Sector
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)

Early career employee

Sector Overview

The Food Manufacturing industry plays a significant role in Singapore’s economy, with more than half of its output being exported to countries such as Japan and China. In 2015, the industry contributed S$3.7 billion1 to Singapore’s GDP and employed about 40,000 workers2.

As Singapore is well-positioned to be the leading food and nutrition hub in Asia with a strong reputation for high quality, the Food Manufacturing industry has a high potential to introduce new products to capture emerging consumer and health trends.

To lead and drive the industry’s growth, upskilling of the workforce is key – especially in the areas of food science, food production methods, quality assurance and food nutrition. Knowledge of international marketing, brand management and automation technology are also increasingly critical in transforming the industry.

Eligibility Criteria and Supported Courses

  • Singaporeans with at least 2 years of work experience in the Food Manufacturing industry

  • Committed to deepening skills to continue developing a career in the Food Manufacturing industry

  • Displays positive attitudes toward learning and contributing to the training of self and/or others

  • Meets entry requirements for selected course of study

  • Not a previous recipient of any SkillsFuture Study Award

Supported courses include, but are not limited to, programmes such as:

Course Institution
Part-Time Diploma in Applied Science (Nutrition and Food Science) Republic Polytechnic
Part-Time Diploma in Engineering (Electrical and Electronics) Republic Polytechnic
Part-Time Diploma in Applied Science (Chemical Technology) Temasek Polytechnic
Specialist Diploma in Laboratory Management & Instrumentation Temasek Polytechnic
Specialist Diploma in Nutrition Science Nanyang Polytechnic
Lean Skills Development Programme Singapore Institute of Technology
Master of Science in Marketing & Consumer Insight Nanyang Technological University-Institute on Asian Consumer Insight
Specialist Diploma in Supply Chain Management Nanyang Polytechnic
Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (PartTime) Singapore University of Social Sciences
Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (Part-Time) National University of Singapore
Part-Time Diploma in Engineering (Operations and Engineering Management) Republic Polytechnic

Applications for courses that are not within this list may be supported on a case-by-case basis.

As a guideline, supported courses should fulfil the broad criteria below:

  • Has clear learning outcomes and equips applicants with deeper skills that can be applied to their workplace in the Food Services industry.

  • Courses offered by reputable training providers would be preferred, such as MOE-funded institutions or CPE-registered institutions with Edutrust Certification.

Application Period

Cycle Application period for SkillsFuture Study Award
4 1 Mar 2018 – 30 Jun 2018
5 1 Jul 2018 – 31 Oct 2018
6 1 Nov 2018 – 28 Feb 2019

*Applicants are encouraged to submit their application before course commencement. Applications submitted after course commencement will be considered on a case by case basis. Successful applicants are to commence their approved course within one year from the date of application.

Evaluation Process and Application Process

Evaluation Process


  • Fulfillment of basic eligibility criteria does not guarantee a successful award as evaluations will be based on the merits of each application.

  • Applications with incomplete or inaccurate documentation will be rejected. ESG may contact the applicant and/or referees for further clarification.

  • Evaluations will take approximately 6 to 8 weeks after the respective application closing dates. Successful applicants will receive a Letter of Undertaking via post while unsuccessful applicants will be notified via email.

Application Process

Step 1:

Download the blank application form, complete all the required fields and upload the completed form through the links provided below. Upon successful submission, you will receive an email acknowledgement with an application number (e.g. ESG- M-20XXXXXX-XXXXXXX)

Step 2:

Submit the following supporting documents with your application number as the email subject title to

  1. Copy of your NRIC (both sides)

  2. Course acceptance letter (if any)

  3. Letter of recommendation or testimonial from your current or previous employer

  4. Contact details of 2 referees with prior or existing working relationships with you

  5. How did you find out about the SkillsFuture Study Award?

    1. Internet searches (e.g. Google)

    2. Facebook

    3. LinkedIn

    4. Recommendation from my organisation / HR

    5. Training provider

    6. SkillsFuture website

    7. Others: __________

Claim Process and Enquiries

Claim Process

Successful applicants will receive a Letter of Undertaking which should be signed and returned to ESG within 14 working days from the date of Letter of Undertaking.

All awardees are to submit the following documents within 1 year from the Letter of Undertaking to receive a once-off disbursement of $5,000:

  1. Original signed Claim Form (provided as Annex C in the Letter of Undertaking)

  2. Completed GIRO Form (provided as Annex D in the Letter of Undertaking)

  3. Proof of acceptance into the approved course

  4. Official documentation indicating the full course period (i.e. start date and end date of the course)

Disbursements will take approximately 8 to 12 weeks after the receipt of complete documents. All applicants will be notified on their disbursements via email.


Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions or email Please note that we do not accept applications via email.


Click here to download the application form

Submit your completed application form

Note: Please type your responses directly into the PDF application form. The form is editable, and you will also be able to save and continue your work at your convenience. Hand-written or scanned applications will not be accepted.

1Source: Economic Development Board (preliminary estimate)

2Source: Ministry of Manpower