What is Workfare Skills Support (WSS)
The Workfare Skills Support, or WSS, complements Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) by encouraging Singaporean workers to attend training to improve their skills. WSS also supports employers to send their workers for training. From 1 July 2020, the Workfare Skills Support (WSS) Scheme will replace the Workfare Training Support (WTS) Scheme.
To be eligible for WSS, individuals (both company-sponsored and self-sponsored) must fulfil the following criteria:
- Singapore citizen;
- Aged 35 years and above on 31 December of the work year (aged 13 years and above for persons with disabilities);
- Earn an average gross monthly income of not more than $2,300 for the months worked;
- Live in a property with an annual value of less than $13,000 assessed as at 31 December of the preceding year;
- Own less than two properties;
- If married:
- Together with spouse, and both own less than two properties; or
- Spouse’s assessable income for the preceding Year of Assessment is less than $70,000; and
- have signed up for any WSS qualifying courses.
Other terms and conditions apply e.g. employers and individuals must not be barred from receiving government funding.
Components under WSS Scheme
The Training Allowance grants self-sponsored trainees (i.e. paying for their own training) $6.00 for each hour of training for any WSS qualifying courses*, up to a cap of 180 hours per WSS eligibility year.
* Eligible courses include outcome-based courses offered by SSG-appointed CET centre and courses under the cleaning, security, landscape and lift sectors.
The Absentee Payroll covers 95% of hourly basic salary for company-sponsored trainees. You can benefit from this when you enroll your employees in any of the following courses:
- Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) courses
- All outcome-based courses offered by SSG-appointed CET centres are supported under the WSS scheme.
- Part-time ITE Skills Certificate, Part-time NITEC and Part-time Higher NITEC courses offered by the Institute of Technical Education (ITE).
- Standalone skills-based modular courses, Part-time Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Specialist Diploma and Diploma (Conversion) programmes offered by the five local Polytechnics.
- Certifiable Skills Training courses accredited or supported by the SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG).
Training Commitment Award
The Training Commitment Award (TCA) encourages sustained, productive training. Training Commitment Award is a cash award given to eligible workers after achieving the required certifications:
a. $100 per 2 achievements of any of the following, capped at $200 during the trainee’s WSS Eligibility period
- WSQ Statement of Attainment
- Academic CET Modular Certificate or Post-Diploma Certificate
- Certifiable courses supported by SSG
b. $500 for achieving one WSQ Qualification or Academic CET Qualification.
There will be an overall TCA cap of $1,000 for the validity period stated in the WSS letter. Individual who is awarded $200 for achievement listed in a. and $500 for a 1st full qualification in b. will receive $300 for 2nd full qualification as TCA is capped at $1,000.
Only certifiable courses listed on the MySkillsFuture portal would qualify for TCA. No application is required by the trainee.