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Workforce Development: Workforce Training and Upgrading

What is it?

The Workforce Training and Upgrading Scheme co-funds the costs of selected skills assessment and training courses to upgrade the skills of workforce in the built environment.

Who is it for?

Firms in the construction sector with local or foreign workforce who meet the qualifying criteria may apply to the Scheme for funding support for training courses and assessment approved by BCA.

How Much?

Types of supportable courses Funding support

(a)  Familiarisation course and skills assessment for CoreTrade registration *

Up to 80%
(b)  Training and certification in selected higher value-adding qualifications at supervisory level that are approved by BCA. Please click here. Up to 80%
(c)  Training and skills evaluation for the second SEC(K) certification leading to qualification of Multi-Skilling. ** Up to 80%
(d)  [Enhanced Funding] Selected Professional Managerial Executive and Technical personnel's (PMETs) courses that are directly related to productivity. (subject to participants meeting additional requirements) Please click here.

-  For locals (Singaporeans / Singapore PRs)

-  For foreigners

 

 

Up to 70%

Up to 40%

* 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 (ATTC). For full details of the familiarisation courses and skills assessments for CoreTrade registration, please refer to http://www.bca.gov.sg/coretrade/registration_requirements.html

** BCAA conducts training courses to prepare candidates for the skills evaluations. The courses are also available at various BCA Approved Training and Testing Centres (ATTC). For more details on training and skills evaluation leading to qualification of Multi-Skilling, please refer to http://www.bca.gov.sg/MultiSkilling/MultiSkill_Main.html

 

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

For local participants (i.e. Participants who are Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents):

  •        Achieved at least 75% course attendance rate; and

  •        Sat for the assessments.

Note: For a particular course, if SDF funding is applicable, the participants should tap on the SDF.

For foreign participants:

  •        Must possess at least 4 years of construction experience in Singapore;

  •        Achieved at least 75% course attendance rate; and

  •        Sat for and pass the assessments.

 

Qualifying Criteria for Enhanced Funding for PMET courses (Type (d))

For local participants (i.e. Participants who are Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents):

  •        Achieved at least 75% course attendance rate;

  •        Sat and pass the assessments;

  •        Complete course evaluation form;

  •        Submit project report 3 months after course completion through Qualtrics; and

  •        Remain in the sponsoring firm for at least 3 months.

Note: For a particular course, if SDF funding is applicable, the participants should tap on the SDF. If local participants only satisfy the 75% course attendance rate and sat but fail the assessment, they will only be eligible for 50%.

For foreign participants:

  •        Must possess at least 2 years of construction experience in Singapore;

  •        Achieved at least 75% course attendance rate;

  •        Sat for and pass the assessments;

  •        Complete course evaluation form;

  •        Submit project report 3 months after course completion through Qualtrics; and

  •        Remain in the sponsoring firm for at least 3 months.

For a sample of the Qualtrics report, please click here.

 

How to apply ?

The Workforce Training and Upgrading (WTU) Scheme is now open for application for approved courses and skill assessments that commence on or after 1 June 2010.

Application

1.   Application (https://www.bca.gov.sg/wtus/)shall be submitted by Employers at least one (1) working day before the start of the approved course or skill assessment to approved Training Providers before submitting the relevant course / assessment enrolment form by hand or by post.

 

2.   All necessary supporting documents must be attached (in PDF format) to the Application including the following and such other documents as may be specified by BCA:-

  •        Employers must submit a copy of their business profile printed from the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA)’s QuestNet online portal.

  •       For Employers of Local Participants, application/declaration form must be accompanied by a photocopy of each participant’s NRIC (front and back).

  •       For Employers of Foreign Participants, application/declaration form must be accompanied by 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.

  •       Copy of CoreTrade Acknowledgement Notice, where applicable.

  •       Copy of first SEC or SEC(K) certifications or SPM certificaiton for Malaysians, where applicable.

     

Relevant Document Description
Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions for the Disbursement of Funds under the Workforce Training and Upgrading (WTU) scheme

 

Claims

1.  Claims shall be processed by the WTU Administrator after the Training Provider has attached the course attendance, test results and tax invoice / official receipt upon the Participants’ completion of the approved courses / assessments and the release of examination / assessment results.

 

2.   The Training Provider must upload all necessary supporting documents (in PDF format) for the WTU Administrator to process the claims, including the following and such other documents as may be specified by BCA:-

  •       Examination or assessment result slips

  •       Course Attendance

  •       Tax invoice or official receipt received for payment made to approved training providers

Form / Relevant Document Description
Form B

(only for firms who submitted hardcopy Application Form A before 1 July 2012)

Claim for Disbursement of Training Assistance under the Workforce Training and Upgrading (WTU) Scheme

Giro Form

Direct Credit Authorisation Form

(Please fill up this form if you currently do not have GIRO arrangements with BCA, but would like any disbursement to be credited to your designated bank account upon approval of claim submission)

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 will not be covered under the Scheme. The reimbursement of 80% 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 worker can be supported under this fund only once.

4. Can other courses not recognised as higher qualification training in your list of courses be funded under the Scheme if they improve productivity?
No. Only courses approved by BCA and listed in BCA’s website can qualify for the funding support.

5. Will we need to submit a claim form?
No. Your Training Provider will submit the claims on your behalf.

6. When can we start making a claim for the fund support?
Funding support will start on 1 June 2010. 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 document for workers who have completed their courses and passed their examinations, on the condition that the courses began on or after 1 June 2010.

7. When will the WTU Online System be officially launched?
The WTU Online System will be officially launched on 1 July 2012.

 

For queries on applications, please contact:

Ms Chrystal Chau
Tel: 6730-4302
Email: bca_wtu@bca.gov.sg

Ms Sheryl Ang
Tel: 6730-4402
Email: bca_wtu@bca.gov.sg

 

For queries on claims, please contact:

Ms Saleha Sakani
Tel: 6730-4300
Email: bca_wtu@bca.gov.sg

Ms Sharon Tan
Tel: 6730-4301
Email: bca_wtu@bca.gov.sg