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GOVERNMENT DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMMES
TIMES BUSINESS DIRECTORY OF SINGAPORE 2020/2021
Programmes Description Reference
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Enhanced Training Support for SMEs
The Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS) offers additional support for SMEs, including:
• Higher Course Fee Grant: SMEs enjoy SkillsFuture Funding of up to 90% of the course fees when
they sponsor their employees to attend courses supported by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)
• Enhanced Absentee Payroll (AP) Funding: SMEs may claim AP funding of 80% of basic hourly salary at a higher cap of $7.50 per hour, an increase over the normal cap of $4.50 per hour.
Eligibility Criteria
SMEs that meet all of the following eligibility criteria:
• Registered or incorporated in Singapore
• At least 30% local shareholding by Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents
• Employment size of not more than 200 (at group level) or with annual sales turnover (at group
level) of not more than $100 million
• Trainees must be hired in accordance with the Employment Act and fully sponsored by their
employers for the course
• Trainees must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents
The following types of training are covered under the Enhanced Training Support for SMEs:
Non-PMETs
Non-PMETs
CET Centre courses and CET courses offered by the Autonomous Universities, Polytechnics and ITE
Up to 90% course fee grant
Certifiable courses
Up to 90% course fee grant capped at $25 per hour
Up to 90% course fee grant capped at $25 per hour
In-house certifiable training
Course fee grant at $15 per hour
Absentee Payroll funding
80% of basic hourly salary, capped at
$7.50 per hour
SSG
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Career Support Programme (CSP)
The Career Support Programme (CSP) is a salary support programme offered by Workforce Singapore (WSG) and the Employment and Employability Institute (NTUC’s e2i) to encourage employers to hire eligible Singapore Citizen Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians (PMETs).
Employers can receive up to $42,000 salary support for hiring eligible Singapore Citizens.
Salary Support for Singapore Citizen PMETs
First
6 months of employment
Second
6 months of employment
Third
6 months of employment
≥40 years unemployed and actively looking for jobs for ≥12 months
50%
30%
20%
≥40 years unemployed and actively looking for jobs for 6 months to
<12 months OR made redundant
40%
20%
N.A.
<40 years unemployed and actively looking for jobs ≥6 months
20%
10%
N.A.
Gross monthly salary*:
Offering at least $3,600/month for SME^ (capped at $7,000/month) Offering at least $4,000/month for Non-SME^ (capped at $7,000/month)
WSG
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