WORKFARE TRAINING ALLOWANCE
For self-sponsored trainees (i.e. paying for their own training) : They will receive Training Allowance (TA) of $6 per training hour. TA is applicable only to trainees who are employed. If the trainee is employed with regular CPF contributions and eligible for TA, it will be credited via PayNow linked to NRIC number. No application is required.
If you are self-employed without CPF contributions, you need to make a TA claim and provide documents to prove active employment. Please visit Workforce Singapore (WSG) Careers Connect or Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) centres within 120 from your course end date.
· The TA applies only to outcome-based courses offered by CET centres appointed by SSG and selected courses in sectors which have adopted the Progressive Wage Model (PWM), as workers from these sectors have been identified as requiring more assistance in their training and upskilling, and to defray the opportunity cost involved when undergoing training.
· To qualify for TA, individuals must pass their course with a minimum attendance rate of 75%.
· Trainees under the Workfare Skills Support (WSS) Scheme may claim up to 180 hours of TA during their WSS eligibility period.
How to Apply for WORKFARE TRAINING ALLOWANCE (TA)?
If the training is relevant to your job and you had paid for it, you may claim training allowance. Starting 1st July 2020, there will be an increase in funding for Training Allowance (TA), from $4.50 to $6 per hour, to better recognise opportunity costs for self-sponsored trainees as incomes have risen over time.
To qualify for training allowance, the individual must:
- Complete and pass the course (minimum 75% attendance);
- Show that the training is relevant to his/her’s job;
- Have paid for his/her own training; and
- Not be barred from receiving SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) / Workforce Singapore (WSG) / Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) grants
Self-Employed Persons are only required to make one trip down to any of their preferred WSG's Careers Connect or NTUC's e2i centres within 120 days after the course end date, to apply and submit the claim application.
Individuals are to bring along the following original documents:
- Valid bank book or statement
- Employment Letter / Contract for Service or equivalent, dated within 3 months after course end date; OR
- Accounting and Corporate Regulatory (ACRA) business registration and business transaction documents dated within 3 months after course end date
In view of the Covid-19 Circuit Breaker till end of Phase 3, if you do not wish to make a trip down to WSG's Careers Connect or NTUC's e2i centres, you may submit the claim online within 120 days after the course end date.
Should you choose to submit your claim online, you may be required to produce documentary proof to demonstrate your employment upon request by SSG/WSG.
Step 1: Login in using individual’s SingPass on the portal
Step 2: Click ‘Submit New Feedback’
Step 3: Under Feedback details,
- For Type, select ‘Others’
- For Category, select ‘Workfare Skills Support’
- For Subject, type in ‘WSS TA Claims’
- For Feedback, type in ‘WSS TA Claims’
Step 4: Attach the following docs (up to 10 documents):
- WSS notification letter (course must be taken within the validity period stated in the letter)
- Valid bank book or statement
- Certification slip (from your Training Provider)
Any of the following employment documentation (to show you are employed in a job relevant to the training)
- Employment Letter / Contract of Service or equivalent, dated within 3 months from the date of claim;
- Any one month’s payslip / CPF statement showing employer’s contribution, dated within 3 months from the date of claim;
- Accounting and Corporate Regulatory (ACRA) business registration and business transaction document
Please note that you may be contacted to provide more information.
Only Courses that are registered in WSG system will be eligible for TA. Please check with training providers for more details.
Support Scheme for Freelancers/Self-Employed Persons
As announced by Manpower Minister Josephine Teo, a new $36 million training support scheme will be launched to help self-employed persons to upgrade their skills.
In this scheme, self-employed persons, such as taxi drivers, will qualify for a training allowance of $7.50 per hour when they attend SkillsFuture training courses as well as selected sector-specific training programmes. There is no cap to how many trainings the self-employed person can sign up for.
If you are self-employed and do not have CPF contributions to your account, you may visit the following centres to submit your TA claims:
Workforce Singapore (WSG) Careers Connect
- Lifelong Learning Institute, 11 Eunos Road 8, #02-02, Singapore 408601
- Woodlands Civic Centre, 900 South Woodlands Drive, #04-07, Singapore 730900
- Our Tampines Hub, 1 Tampines Walk, #01-21, Singapore 528523
Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) Centres
- e2i Central, HDB Hub Bizthree, 490 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, #07-11 (Lift Lobby 1), Singapore 310490
- e2i West, Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability, 80 Jurong East Street 21, Level 2, Singapore 609607
Training Allowance (TA) is part of the Worfare Skills Support (WSS) Scheme.