|Course Title||Available Funding Support|
|Union Training Assistance Programme (“UTAP”)||SSG/WSG Funding (70%)||SSG/WSG Funding (90%)||SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)||WTS Funding
(Up to 95%)
|Fundamentals Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education||✔||✔||✔|
|WSQ Higher Certificate in Infant Care||✔||✔||✔|
|WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Years||✔||✔||✔|
|WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education||✔||✔||✔|
|WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education/Diploma In Early Childhood Care and Education – Teaching||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (Childcare)||✔||✔||✔|
What is UTAP?
UTAP is a training benefit for NTUC members to defray their cost of training. This benefit is to encourage more union members to go for skills upgrading. NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP.
Who can apply?
All NTUC members can apply for UTAP. However, the following criteria must be met to be eligible for UTAP:
- Paid-up union membership before course commenced, throughout whole course duration and at the point of claim
- Course by training provider must be supported under UTAP, and training must commence within the supported period
- Course must not be fully funded through company sponsorship or other types of funding
- Unfunded course fee must be S$20.00 and above
- You must achieve a minimum of 75% attendance for each application and sat for all prescribed examination(s), if any
- UTAP application must be submitted within 6 months after course completion
To qualify, you need to be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident.
To qualify, you need to meet the following criteria:
- are a Singapore citizen;
- are aged 35 years or over;
- have a monthly income of not more than $2,000
- Singapore Citizen
- At least 40 years old in the year of course commencement
- Applies to both self-sponsored and employer-sponsored trainees
- Your organisation must be registered or incorporated in Singapore
- Employment size of not more than 200
- Trainee must be a Singapore Citizen (*Permanent Residents of Singapore also qualify for higher funding for certifiable courses supported by SSG, except for Academic CET courses at the Polytechnics/ ITE)
- Trainee must be a bona fide employee (i.e. hired in accordance with Employment Act) and fully employer sponsored for the training)
- This scheme is applicable for company-sponsored applicants only
SMEs will enjoy subsidies of 90% of the course fees when they sponsor their employees for the WSQ Early Childhood Care & Education training courses. All employers of workers who meet the eligibility criteria for Workfare Training Support (WTS) scheme will continue to receive course fee funding under the WTS scheme2.
SMEs can also claim absentee payroll capped at $7.50/hr based on classroom hours. All employers of workers who meet the eligibility criteria for Workfare Training Support (WTS) scheme will continue to enjoy absentee payroll funding under the WTS scheme2.
 With effect from 1 July 2013, under the Workfare Training Support (WTS) scheme, employers who sponsor their employees (Singapore Citizens aged 35 years and above, and earning up to $1,900 per month) are eligible for course fee and absentee payroll funding at 95% for the WSQ Early Childhood Care & Education training courses.
All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their $500 SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses.
Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website (www.skillsfuture.sg/credit) to choose from the courses available on the SkillsFuture Credit course directory
Download this guide for more information on how to use your SkillsFuture Credit.