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Workfare Training Support (WTS)

The Workfare Training Support (WTS) scheme is introduced to complement the Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) While WIS encourages older low-wage workers to work by supplementing their income and retirement savings, WTS encourages them to upgrade their skills through training so that they can improve their employability, upgrade to better jobs and earn more. Together, they make up Workfare, a key pillar of Singapore’s social security landscape to provide support for low-wage workers so they have the best chance to progress.

WTS encourages individuals to attend training to upgrade their skills and improve their employability. Refer to Programme Brochure

Eligible individuals can benefit from 95% course fee (See Table 1.) funding when they sign up for any course approved for WTS funding:

  • Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) courses. All WSQ courses are supported under the WTS scheme.

Table 1. Enhanced Course Fee Subsidies for SSG-supported Courses

Type of Course Non Professionals, Managers & Executives (PME) level courses Professionals, Managers & Executives (PME) level courses
Courses offered by SSG-appointed CET Centres Up to 95% of course fees
Certifiable-skills Training Courses Up to 95% of course fees, capped at S$26.50/hour Up to 90% of course fees, capped at S$53/hour


To qualify, individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Singapore Citizen; and
  • Aged 35 years and above (13 years and above for Persons With Disabilities); and
  • Earn a average monthly gross income of not more than $2,000. 

WTS is also applicable for employer-sponsored training of workers who are Singapore Citizens aged 35 years old and above, earning average gross monthly income of not more than $2,000 (from year 2017).

More information about WTS, please visit www.workfare.gov.sg

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