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Workforce Training and Upgrading Scheme

The Workforce Training and Upgrading (WTU) Scheme co-funds up to 90% of selected training courses and skills assessments for firms in the built environment sector, with the aim of improving the capability of the workforce.

What are the supportable courses

 Type of course  Funding support
 (a) Familiarisation course and skills assessment for CoreTrade registration*  
 For Singapore Residents  Up to 90%
 For foreigners  Up to 40%
 (b) Training and certification in selected higher value-adding qualifications at supervisory level that are approved by BCA – View list of courses  
 For Singapore Residents  Up to 90%
 For foreigners  Up to 40%
(c) Training and skills evaluation for the second SEC(K) certification leading to qualification of Multi-Skilling**
 
 For Singapore Residents  Up to 90%
 For foreigners  Up to 40%
 (d) Selected Professional Managerial Executive and Technical personnel's (PMETs) courses that are directly related to productivity – View list of courses  
 For Singapore Residents  Up to 90%

Note: For courses which are eligible for Skills Development Fund (SDF), participants should tap on the SDF.

* BCAA conducts familiarisation courses to prepare candidates for the skills assessment. The familiarisation courses are also available at various BCA Approved Training and Testing Centres.
** BCAA conducts training courses to prepare candidates for the skills evaluations. The courses are also available at various BCA Approved Training and Testing Centres.

Who can apply

Firms in the built environment sector with local or foreign workforce who meet the following criteria may apply for the scheme:

 

Qualifying Criteria for Types (a), (b) & (c) courses

 

For Singapore Residents:

  • Achieved at least 75% course attendance rate
  • Sat for the assessments

 

For foreigners:

  • Must possess at least 4 years of construction experience in Singapore
  • Achieved at least 75% course attendance rate
Sat for and passed the assessments.
 

Qualifying Criteria for Type (d) courses

 

For Singapore Residents:

  • Achieved at least 75% course attendance rate
  • Sat for the assessments


How to apply

For funding applications:

  1. Employers must read and agree with the Terms and Conditions of this scheme.
  2. Employers must submit an application to approved Training Providers at least one (1) working day before the start of the course or skill assessment. For Type (a), (b) and (c) courses, applications should be made via the One-Stop Skill Upgrading System (One-Stop) and for Type (d) courses, applications should be made via the Workforce Training and Upgrading Online System (WTUS), before submitting the relevant course / assessment enrolment form by hand or by post.
  3. Applications by employers must be accompanied by the following supporting documents:
    (a) A copy of Employer’s business profile printed from the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA)’s QuestNet online portal.
    (b) For Employers of local participants, a photocopy of each participant’s Identification cards (front and back).
    (c) For Employers of foreign participants, a photocopy of each participant’s valid work permit or S-pass or Employment Pass (front and back) and a copy of his employment records obtained via “Work Permit Online” at MOM’s website as proof of his years of construction experience in Singapore.
    (d) A copy of CoreTrade Acknowledgement Notice, where applicable.
    (e) A copy of first SEC or SEC(K) certifications or SPM certification for Malaysians, where applicable.
    (f) To be mailed to BCA (Attention to Finance Department) – A copy of direct credit Giro Form to be duly signed and endorsed. Please note that funding amount can only be credited to your designated bank account via GIRO.

For claim applications:

  1. Claims shall be processed by WTU Administrators after the Training Provider has submitted the relevant documents upon the participants’ completion of the approved courses / assessments and the release of examination / assessment results.
  2. The Training Provider must upload the following supporting documents for WTU Administrators to process the claim application:
    (a) Course Attendance Sheets to prove 75% attendance rate.
    (b) Examination or assessment result slips.
    (c) Tax invoice or official receipt received for payment made to approved Training Providers.

Frequently asked questions

  1. Are foreign personnel eligible for the funding support?
    Yes, local and foreign construction personnel are eligible for training fund support if they meet the criteria. Firms must apply for the funding support on behalf of their employees.

  2. Are Goods and Services Tax (GST) funded under the Workforce Training and Upgrading Scheme?
    GST is not covered under the Scheme. The reimbursement of the training and assessment fees is before GST.

  3. Is there a limit to how many applications I can make for the workers in my company?
    There is no limit to the number of applications that your company can make if your workers are eligible. However, each foreign personnel can be supported under this fund only once.

  4. Can I apply for funding for other courses which are not recognised as higher qualification training in your list if they also improve productivity?
    No. Only courses approved by BCA and listed on BCA’s website qualify for funding support.

  5. Will we need to submit a claim form?
    No. Your Training Provider will submit the claims on your behalf. Please monitor and ensure that your Training Provider makes the claim application within 1 month after the completion of the approved courses / assessments and the release of examination / assessment results.

  6. How long will it take for the funding to be disbursed after the claim is approved by the WTU administrator?
    After the claim application is approved, it will take about 3 months for the Finance Department to disburse the funding via GIRO. A payment advice will be sent via mail thereafter.

  7. Is it mandatory to apply for GIRO account?
    Firms that tap on WTU funding more than once are required to apply for GIRO account. This is to streamline the disbursement process and ensure that firms receive their claims within a shorter period of time.

  8. When can we start applying for fund support and make a claim thereafter?
    Your company can make the application at least one (1) working day before the start of the course. Claims will be processed automatically by the WTU administrator once the Training Provider has uploaded the necessary supporting documents, on the condition that all funding criteria are met.

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