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About

As part of COVID-19 pandemic measures, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and Workforce Singapore (WSG) have introduced the SGUnited Traineeships Programme to provide fresh graduates from Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education, polytechnics, universities and other educational institutions with traineeship opportunities across various sectors.

The SGUnited Traineeships programme aims to provide up to 21,000 traineeship opportunities, typically lasting up to 12 months, to those who have recently graduated or will soon be graduating. This will help them develop industry-relevant skills, notwithstanding the current economic climate, and boost their employability in preparation for the eventual recovery.

Benefits

Trainees will be able to gain valuable industry experience and gain a firmer foothold in the job market when the economy recovers. Trainees will receive a training allowance for the duration of the traineeship, which is co-funded by the Government and the host company.

Funding Rates

The Government will fund 80% of the training allowance, while the host company funds the remaining 20%. The monthly training allowance provided to each trainee may vary depending on the Traineeship Scope, based on traineeship requirements as below.

Required qualifications or their equivalentsUniversity degree or abovePolytechnic diploma or professional qualificationsITE or equivalent
Estimated Monthly Training
Allowance1
~$1,800 – $2,500$1,300 – $1,800$1,100 – $1,500
1 The estimated monthly training allowance for each qualification is pegged to 50-70% of median starting
salaries.

Eligibility Criteria

All trainees must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident; and
    • Graduated or graduating in calendar year 2019 or 2020 from ITEs, polytechnics, universities, or other educational institutions (e.g. private universities and overseas institutions); or
    • Graduated earlier from above institutions and completed National Service in 2019 or 2020

How to Apply

From 1st June 2020 onwards, eligible jobseekers who are keen to apply for SGUnited Traineeships can visit mycareersfuture.sg and search for traineeship opportunities under the hashtag #SGUnitedTraineeships. They may also explore traineeship opportunities on INTERNSG under the same hashtag.

Singapore’s Government SGUnited Traineeships Program

What is SGUnited Traineeships Programme?

SGUnited Traineeships Programme provides fresh graduates from Institute of Technical Education (ITE), polytechnics, universities and other educational institutions with traineeship opportunities that last up to 12 months across various sectors.

How will SGUnited Traineeships Programme help Fresh Graduates?

These traineeships will help fresh graduates develop industry-relevant skills during a weaker hiring climate and boost their employability in preparation for the eventual recovery.

JobSeeker’s Questions

How do I qualify to apply for a SGUnited traineeship?

All trainees must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident; and
    • Graduated or graduating in calendar year 2019 or 2020 from ITEs, polytechnics, universities, or other educational institutions (e.g. private universities and overseas institutions); or
    • Graduated earlier from above institutions and completed National Service in 2019 or 2020

What if I graduated in 2018, can I still apply for SGUnited traineeships?

No. Individuals can explore other job opportunities under INTERNSG.

What if I am a mid-career switcher that just completed my part-time studies? What if I graduated previously and just completed my National Service in 2019 or 2020? What if I am a Master or PHD graduate? What if I am a graduate of a part-time degree? Am I eligible for SGUnited traineeships?

Yes, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. For Masters and PHD graduates that meet the eligibility criteria, the same estimated stipend rates accorded to university degree holders will apply.

Can a trainee leave when the SGUnited traineeship begins?

No. Trainees are encouraged to stay on in the traineeships roles until completion, to pick up valuable industry experience to boost their employability. However, trainees can leave the traineeships at any point in time, if there are good reasons to do so (e.g. offered a full-time role elsewhere). Before doing so, trainees should provide sufficient notice to the host company, as stipulated in the training agreements.

As a trainee, if I am offered a full-time role with the host company while on a SGUnited traineeship, can I accept it?

Yes, host companies can offer their trainees with a full-time role, if they find the individual’s performance satisfactory. When a full-time position is offered by the host company, the traineeship should be terminated before entering any employer-employee relationship.

What happens upon the completion of the SGUnited Traineeship?

Upon the completion of the traineeship, trainees will cease training at the host company. Host companies can decide if they would like to hire the trainee on a full-time basis based on the traineeship performance. Trainees are also able to pursue career opportunities elsewhere.

How much is a SGUnited trainee’s training allowance?

Host companies are encouraged to provide a monthly training allowance depending on the traineeship scope, based on the traineeship requirements as below

Required qualifications or their equivalentsUniversity degree or abovePolytechnic diploma or professional qualificationsITE or equivalent
Estimated Monthly Training
Allowance1
~$1,800 – $2,500$1,300 – $1,800$1,100 – $1,500
1 The estimated monthly training allowance for each qualification is pegged to 50-70% of median starting
salaries.

What kind of benefits (annual and sick leave etc.) can I get while on SGUnited traineeship?

As this is a traineeship where there is no employer-employee relationship, host companies are not obliged to offer employee benefits to trainees. Host companies may choose to offer benefits on a discretionary goodwill basis.

Who will be paying me my monthly training allowance for a SGUnited traineeship?

The monthly training allowance will be given to trainees by the host company on a monthly basis for the duration of the traineeship.

Will I be getting CPF Contributions during the course of the SGUnited traineeship?

Under the SGUnited Traineeships Programme, there is no employer-employee relationship. Host companies will not be required to make any CPF contributions during the period of the traineeship.

When does the SGUnited Traineeship Programme start? How can I apply?

From 1st June 2020 onwards, eligible jobseekers who are keen to apply for SGUnited Traineeships can visit mycareersfuture.sg and search for traineeship opportunities under the hashtag #SGUnitedTraineeships. They may also explore traineeship opportunities on INTERNSG under the same hashtag.

How will the traineeship matching and hiring take place under the SGUnited programme?

Eligible jobseekers who are keen to apply for SGUnited Traineeships can visit mycareersfuture.sg and search for traineeship opportunities under the hashtag #SGUnitedTraineeships. They may also explore traineeship opportunities on INTERNSG under the same hashtag. Host companies will then reach out to applicants directly based on their shortlisting and selection processes.

What if I am unable to secure a traineeship under the SGUnited traineeships programme?

Applicants unsuccessful in securing a traineeship can sign up for other traineeship opportunities on mycareersfuture.sg or seek assistance from Workforce Singapore (WSG)’s Career Connect Services and NTUC’s e2i’s career centers. Alternatively, applicants can expore other job opportunities on INTERNSG.

Further Queries

Who can I contact if I have more queries on SGUnited Traineeships Programmes?

If there are any further queries on SGUnited Traineeships Programme, please submit your query here.

Can I contact INTERNSG for more queries on SGUnited Traineeships Programmes?

Singapore Business Federation (SBF) is the appointed Programme Manager for the SGUnited Traineeships and not INTERNSG. For any query with regards to SGUnited Traineeships, you can contact Workforce Singapore (WSG) here.

Can I find SGUnited traineeship opportunities on INTERNSG?

Yes, apart from mycareersfuture.sg, eligible candidates can also find SGUnited traineeships through INTERNSG as some host companies may utilize INTERNSG as part of their shortlisting and selection processes.

Is there a place I can discuss more about SGUnited traineeships opportunities with fellow trainees or employers?

Yes, Clublance.com is a free community for Singapore interns, freelancers, trainees, part-timers, undergrads, fresh grads and employers. You can join the community if you are interested to discuss early career jobs opportunities, or chit chat on other topics. They also curate numerous resources on internships, news headlines and even deals / promotions for the community.

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