Singapore - a country with no long history of technical or industrial education, has developed a world-class technical and vocational education system in a short time, helping this country make progress. rapid sets in the manufacturing and industrial sectors. The economy and the education sector both develop in parallel, complement each other, apply strategies and decisions to bring the country to an advanced position rapidly. Studies show that investing too early in higher education relative to the costs of technical and vocational education has created many leaders but few people to do, leading to high unemployment rates. The Singapore Career Education story shows that government support has helped change the image of the Vocational Education system to be on par with Higher Education.
Skillsfuture is a Singapore national program that offers Singaporeans the opportunity to develop to their full potential throughout their lives, no matter where they start from. Through this movement, each individual's skills, passion and contribution will drive Singapore's next stage of development towards an advanced economy and an inclusive society.
WHAT IS SKILLSFUTURE?
Skillsfuture is a national movement to provide Singaporeans with the opportunities to develop their fullest potential throughout life, regardless of their starting points. Through this movement, the skills, passion and contributions of every individual will drive Singapore's next phase of development towards an advanced economy and inclusive society.
No matter where you are in life – schooling years, early career, mid-career or silver years – you will find a variety of resources to help you attain mastery of skills. Skills mastery is more than having the right paper qualifications and being good at what you do currently; it is a mindset of continually striving towards greater excellence through knowledge, application and experience. With the help of the Future Economy Council, education and training providers, employers, unions – you can own a better future with skills mastery and lifelong learning. Your skills. Your asset. Your future.
WHO IS SKILLSFUTURE FOR?
Everyone is part of Singapore's SkillsFuture journey. The choices you make or guide others to make in education, jobs or careers should lead to opportunities to maximise one's potential and develop a mastery of skills. To meet challenges and achieve success, chart your own paths through lifelong learning and skills mastery. Every Singaporean, every job, at every stage of life, counts.
FOUR KEY THRUSTS
Help individuals make well-informed choices in education, training and careers
Develop an integrated high-quality system of education and training that responds to constantly evolving needs
Promote employer recognition and career development based on skills and mastery
Foster a culture that supports and celebrates lifelong learning
Opening SkillsFuture Credit of $500
SkillsFuture Credit aims to encourage individuals to take ownership of their skills development and lifelong learning. Introduced in 2015, all Singaporeans aged 25 and above will receive an opening credit of S$500.
One-Off SkillsFuture Credit Top-Up
To further encourage Singaporeans to take timely action to reskill and upskill to seize opportunities in the future economy, a one-off SkillsFuture Credit top-up of $500 will be provided to every Singapore Citizen aged 25 years and above as at 31 December 2020.
From 1 October 2020, this top-up can be used on all SkillsFuture Credit-eligible courses, and will expire on 31 Dec 2025.
Additional SkillsFuture Credit (Mid-Career Support)
To improve individuals’ access to career transition programmes, a one-off SkillsFuture Credit of $500 will be provided to every Singapore Citizen (SC) aged 40 to 60 (inclusive) as at 31 December 2020. This will be over and above the $500 SkillsFuture Credit top-up for SCs aged 25 and above as at 31 December 2020.
From 1 October 2020, eligible individuals can use the Additional SkillsFuture Credit (Mid-Career Support) on (i) SGUnited Skills Programme, (ii) SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme – Company Training, and (iii) Career Transition Programmes.
All unused credit from this additional SkillsFuture Credit will expire on 31 December 2025.