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

Early career employee

Sector Overview

The Food Services industry is a highly competitive market. There are more than 6,700 establishments in five sub-industries, including restaurants, cafés, coffee shops, eating houses, snack bars, and canteens. The industry accounts for 0.8 per cent of Singapore’s Gross Domestic Product.

Operating in a fast-paced environment, Food and Beverage (F&B) operators face challenges managing resources, business costs, and manpower shortages. However, by leveraging technology, and workflow redesign, operators can adopt new concepts and productive business formats to boost efficiency and enhance customers’ dining experiences.

The Food Services workforce plays an integral part in helping the sector grow; workers must upskill continually to keep up with the changing environment.

Eligibility Criteria and Supported Courses

  • Singaporeans with minimum 3 years of work experience in the Food Services industry

  • Seeking to upgrade skills in the Front-of-House and Back-of-House functions in the industry

  • Has strong career aspirations, able to see himself/herself contributing in the sector 3–5 years down the road

  • Meets entry requirements for selected course of study

  • Not a previous recipient of any SkillsFuture Study Award

Examples of Supported courses:

Please refer to Annex A for examples courses that could be supported.

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*
10 1 Mar 2018 – 30 Jun 2018
11 1 Jul 2018 – 31 Oct 2018
12 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 of submission, you will receive an email acknowledgement with an application number (eg. ESG-F-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.



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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.