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There are several means of funding available to our clients. These include

  • IMDA Specialised Training Grant (T-Assist)
    Applicable for Singaporeans and PR's who are media practitioner or fresh media graduates
    Please see below for the job scope roles and the media courses the fresh media graduates must graduate from which will be applicable for IMDA funding
     
  • IMDA Training Allowance 
    Media freelancers can apply for the Training Allowance (S$7.50 per training hours) on top of the T-Assist Grant
     
  • Skillsfuture Funding 
    (S$ 500 per person per year for Singaporean age 25 and above)
     
  • NTUC UTAP Funding
    (for NTUC card member)
     


IMDA Specialised Training Grant and
IMDA Training Allowance

Procedures below are correct of 02 May 2018
The IMDA T-Assist Training Guide can be found here
https://www.imda.gov.sg/-/media/imda/files/industry-development/talent-assistance/claim-application-guide-1-may-2018-to-31-march-2019-v2.pdf
(PDF document,140KB)

INTRODUCTION
Talent Assistance Specialised Training Grant provides course fees subsidies for eligible fresh media graduates, media professionals and media freelancers in all
sectors (defined by job roles) to deepen their skills. The list of eligible local courses have been pre-approved by IMDA in areas such as visual effects, writing, editing,
game design, virtual reality and digitial media. These short-term professional development media courses, workshops and master classes do not constitute or
provide credit exemption for any diploma or degree qualifications

FUNDING SUPPORT LEVEL
The support levels are as follows:

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Note: The T-ASSIST funding does not support GST, VAT, membership fees, rebates, incentives, discounts or any training grants offered by the Course Providers or any other organisations in relation to the endorsed course. However, it will cover mandatory administration or registration fees chargeable by the Course Providers for the courses.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR T-ASSIST FUNDING SUPPORT
a. Courses
Only training courses endorsed under the current T-ASSIST Term (1 May 2018 to 31 March 2019) will be supported. Please refer to the list of endorsed course providers in the Library of Courses available on the Infocomm Competency Management System or ICMS (https://eservice.imda.gov.sg/icms).

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b. Applicant
i. Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents

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v. Organisation Sponsored Trainee
• It must be incorporated or registered in Singapore. Local Government Agencies and Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL) cannot be the sponsoring organisations. Employees of these organisations can however qualify for T-ASSIST under self-sponsored category.

c. Claim Conditions
i. For Course Fees Support/Training Allowance
• The trainee must commence the endorsed course between 1 May 2018 to 31 March 2019 (or otherwise stipulated by IMDA).
• The trainee must complete at least 75% attendance of the training course

ii. The Applicant must ensure that the he/she is enrolled for T-ASSIST by the Course Provider for the endorsed course in the ICMS system before the commencement of the courses. Kindly refer to the list of endorsed course providers via online Library of Courses available on the ICMS (https://eservice.imda.gov.sg/icms) or email to
talent_assistance@imda.gov.sg for assistance.
iii. Full payment must be made by the Applicant to the endorsed Course Provider prior to submitting the claim application.

5. APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR T-ASSIST CLAIM/TRAINING ALLOWANCE
a. Each claim application shall be submitted either by the organisation for Organisation-sponsored trainee(s) or the individual trainee if it is self-sponsored.

b. The Applicant must submit the online claim application via the ICMS system (https://eservice.imda.gov.sg/icms) within three (3) months from the actual completion date of the endorsed course and certification/assessment, or upon passing the required exam(s) for the certification. LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Applications with no and/or incomplete supporting documents will not be processed. Please refer to the ICMS Claim Application (Individual) User Guide for more information. (https://www.imda.gov.sg/~/media/imda/files/industry%20development/individuals/critical%20infocomm%20technology%20resource%20programme%20citrep/icms-5-claim-application-individual.pdf)

c. The Applicant must have SingPass / CorpPass ID and password in order to access ICMS and to submit the online claim application.
To know more about Singpass, please visit this (https://www.singpass.gov.sg/spauth/login/loginpage?URL=%2F&TAM_OP=login)
To know more about Corppass, please visit this (https://www.corppass.gov.sg/cpauth/login/homepage?TAM_OP=login)

d. The Applicant is required to submit the required supporting documents to IMDA within five (5) working days from the date of the online claim application. It is mandatory to upload the supporting documents as soft copies during claims submission in ICMS. For documents that are not uploaded successfully, you may email to TALENT_ASSISTANCE@IMDA.GOV.SG.
The supporting documents are:
i. A copy of trainee’s NRIC (front and back)
ii. Proof of course registration
iii. Declaration of eligibility form
iv. Original or copies of Invoice(s) and Official Receipt(s) issued by the Course
Provider for the Course and/or Certification Examination Fees paid by the Applicant.
v. Printout copy of SkillsFuture Credit ‘Claim Applications’ transaction history
vi. Printout copy of PSEA Statement
vii. Daily attendance sheet signed by trainee (for classroom course) confirming 75% training attendance
viii. Examination Score Report/Result Slip and Final Certificate for the endorsed certification issued by the Certification Awarding Body (if endorsed course does not lead to any certification) issued by the Course Provider
ix. Post-training report on the training outcome, to include skills acquired, outcome achieved and relevance to work
x. Completed GIRO form
xi. Must submit proof of eligibility:

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For more info on the job scope, you may refer to the below PDF 
(https://www.imda.gov.sg/-/media/imda/files/industry-development/talent-assistance/list-of-eligible-media-job-roles.pdf?la=en)

For more info on the courses that the media graduate must be from, you may refer to the below PDF
(https://www.imda.gov.sg/-/media/imda/files/industry-development/talent-assistance/list-of-media-programmes.pdf?la=en)
Let us know if you feel that the course you graduate from should allow you to apply for the IMDA grant, but is not in the list.
We will check with IMDA and get back to you accordingly.

d. The claim application is deemed as complete in status when the Applicant has fulfilled the stipulated submissions as in (c) and (d). IMDA will process only claim
application with complete submission and reserves the right to reject claim application with incomplete submission.

e. IMDA will inform the Applicant within 6 weeks from the receipt date of a complete claim application the status for the application (approval/rejection). For successful application, the disbursement will be reimbursement will be via GIRO payment. Please submit the Direct Credit Authorisation (DCA) form as part
of the claim supporting documents (https://imdaonline.imda.gov.sg/onlineservices/forms/VGDCA.pdf)
Please refer to Appendix A for T-ASSIST Claim Application Workflow.

6. TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR CLAIM APPLICATION
The sponsoring organisations and individuals are required to comply with T-ASSIST terms and conditions for claim application
Please refer to the below for the claim application guide
(https://www.imda.gov.sg/-/media/imda/files/industry-development/talent-assistance/claim-application-guide-1-may-2018-to-31-march-2019.pdf?la=en)

7. FURTHER ENQUIRIES
For enquiries on T-ASSIST and the ICMS system, please contact: Talent Assistance Administrator

Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore
10 Pasir Panjang Road
#03-01 Mapletree Business City, Singapore 117438
Email: talent_assistance@imda.gov.sg (Subject: Talent Assistance)
Website: www.imda.gov.sg/industry-development/programmes-and-grants/talentassistance

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For Training Course Fees that support Fresh Media Graduates, Media Professionals or Media Freelancer, the T-assist grant will be up to 90% of the nett payable course capped at S$2,500 per course.
The Applicant shall not, while being in receipt of the funding support from IMDA, apply for or receive any other funding support or subsidy (whether monetary or in-kind) for the same Course other than Skills Future Credit.

The Applicant shall have full understanding of the endorsed Course requirement; syllabus and contents from the Course Provider prior to the commencement of the T-ASSIST endorsed Course. To be eligible for Course Fees Support, the Applicant must ensure that he/she meets the eligibility criteria.

For Training Allowance (Only applicable for Media Freelancer)
To be eligible for Training Allowance, the Applicant must ensure that he/she meets the eligibility criteria as a Media Freelancer. Training Allowance is calculated based on
$7.50 per training hour and up to $6,500 per Financial Year.

Please refer to the below for the FAQ(s) for T-Assist Grant
(https://www.imda.gov.sg/-/media/imda/files/industry-development/talent-assistance/faqs_as-at-1-may-2018.pdf?la=en)

Please note that all approval are subjected to IMDA.

Skillsfuture Credit

All Singaporeans aged 25 and above will receive an opening credit of S$500 from January 2016
Our courses have been approved under Skillsfuture credit. Please check with us on the procedure to utilise the fund.

NTUC UTAP Funding

What is UTAP?

UTAP is a training benefit for NTUC members to defray their cost of training. This benefit is to encourage more NTUC 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.
*Unfunded course fee refers to the balance course fee payable after applicable government subsidy. This excludes GST, registration fees, misc. fees etc.

Illustration:

WSQ Certificate in Workplace Safety & Health
(a) Full Course Fees (before Subsidy):     $2,000*
(b) Less Government Subsidy (e.g. 90%)     -$1,800
(c) Course Fee Payable (after Subsidy):     $200
(d) Less UTAP Funding (50% of Course Fee payable after Government Subsidy):     -$100
(e) You Pay:     $100
*course fees are only for illustration purposes and may be subjected to changes

Who can apply?

All NTUC members can apply for UTAP. However, the following criteria must be met to be eligible for UTAP:

  •     Paid-up NTUC 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 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

*Unfunded course fee refers to the balance course fee payable after applicable government subsidy. This excludes GST, registration fees, misc. fees etc.

How do I check my NTUC membership status?

You may check your NTUC membership status by calling our hotline at 6213 8008 and select the following options:

    Press 1 for member
    Provide your NRIC number
    Press 1 again to check your membership status

How to apply for UTAP?

Step 1: Click on 'Search Course' under the "Skills Upgrade Available" tab to find out if the course and training provider is supported under UTAP.

Step 2: Register for course with training provider and attend training. For course information and enrolment, please contact the training provider.

Step 3: Login to the U Portal account to submit the UTAP application. NTUC Members should apply for their UTAP claim within 6 months after course ends. Late applications will be rejected.

Useful Info

To support your UTAP claim, you may be requested to submit a copy of your course certificate/tax invoice/statement of attendance via e-mail. Please ensure that you kept a copy of your supporting documents for audit checks when necessary.
Before applying for UTAP, please ensure your training commences within the supported period. Application of UTAP on training that starts after the expiry date will be rejected.
Please not only Ordinary Branch (OB), General Branch (GB) and OB/UCLUB members who are paying $117/year will be eligible.