SkillsFuture Study Award for Social Service Sector
National Council of Social Service (NCSS)

Early career employee

Sector Overview

The Social Service industry promotes the well-being of Singaporeans and our communities. Social service professionals work together with individuals, families, and communities to empower them to be self-sufficient and function well in society.

Currently, there are over 450 social service organisations with around 13,000 professionals serving 400,000 beneficiaries in Singapore’s Social Service industry. The demand for social services will continue to rise against a backdrop of changing demographic, economic, and social trends.

Careers in the industry are varied and range from managerial and support positions like Social Work Associates, Social Service Assistants, to specialist roles like Social Workers, Therapists, Counsellors, Early Intervention Teachers, and Psychologists.

The industry needs competent professionals with the conviction to serve the community with a client-centric approach. Social service professionals must be able to anticipate and plan for changing needs, mobilise community resources, provide integrated and holistic solutions, and work with policy-makers to improve social programmes and policies.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Singaporeans with minimum 2 years of full-time social service industry work experience (accumulated across different years is possible). The award is targeted at those planning to develop their careers in the industry, and supporting information will be taken into consideration in assessing the application

  • Must have held or currently holds a position in one of the key professions e.g. Counsellor, Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC) Teacher, Psychologist, Social Worker, Therapist or in managerial or support positions e.g. Social Work Associate, Social Service Assistant

  • Committed to deepening skills relevant to the industry; preferably employed by an NCSS-member social service organisation or MSF-funded social service organisation

  • Has track record of contributing to the learning or training of self and/or others

  • Individuals on the Professional Development and Management Programme (PDMP), Leadership Development Programme (LDP), Sabbatical Leave Scheme (SLS) or Scholarship Scheme can apply for the SkillsFuture Study Award only after serving out the bond/minimum service Period. Applicants must declare upfront that they are recipients of PDMP, LDP, SLS or Scholarship Scheme

  • Not a previous recipient of any SkillsFuture Study Award

Supported Courses*

1. All proposed courses should have fees (net of any other subsidies) $2,500 and above.

2. All proposed courses should fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Conducted by the Social Service Institute (SSI) and/or VWOs-Charities Capability Fund (VCF)-funded courses

  • Identified by social service organisation (This applies to applicants who are nominated by employers)

  • Courses / academic programmes leading to recognised qualification of key professionals (i.e. SSI-WSQ Advanced Certificate in Social Services, SSI-WSQ Diploma in Social Service, Bachelor of Social Work, etc)

*Not eligible: conferences, seminars, and workshops

Application Period and Evaluation Process

Course Commencement Period Application Period for SkillsFuture Study Award  Processing & Evaluation Period by NCSS
Jan 2018 to Mar 2018 1 Oct 2017 to 31 Dec 2017  Jan - Feb 2018
Apr 2018 to Jun 2018 1 Jan 2018 to 31 Mar 2018  Apr - May 2018
Jul 2018 to Sep 2018 1 Apr 2018 to 30 Jun 2018  Jul - Aug 2018
Oct 2018 to Dec 2018 1 Jul 2018 to 30 Sep 2018
 Oct - Nov 2018
 Jan 2019 to Mar 2019 1 Oct 2018 to 31 Dec 2018   Jan - Feb 2019

Applicants are required to email the Administrator with ALL the following supporting documents within a week from date of application.

1.       A copy of NRIC (front and back in colour)
2.       Resume or CV
3.       Programme or Course Outline and Fees Payable
4.       Letter of Offer from Institution
5.       Acceptance of Offer by Applicant
6.       Copies of Receipt (Fees paid by Applicant)
Please email the supporting documents to with the subject “Supporting Documents: (Name of Applicant)”. Applications without all supporting documents will be deemed as incomplete.


Evaluation: Your application will be processed and evaluated after the application period for the quarter has ended. You will be informed about the outcome of your application approximately 4 to 6 weeks from the application closing date.Incomplete applications or applications without supporting documents will not be processed. Shortlisted applicants will be notified via email.


You will receive a response to your enquiry within three working days.




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