NTUC Training Fund (SEPs) - Employment and Employability Institute

What is the NTUC Training Fund (SEPs)?

The Covid-19 outbreak has caused Self-Employed Persons (SEPs) to incur a significant drop in earnings. Together with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) is introducing the NTUC Training Fund (SEPs) to help Self-Employed Persons to supplement their income and, also prepare them to be future-ready through skills upgrading and training.

Under the Government SEP Training Support Scheme and NTUC Training Fund, a total of $40m will now be available to support our SEPs to go for training. This training fund will allow SEPs to get paid an allowance whilst taking up training during this lull time.

This joint initiative will be referred to as the “NTUC Training Fund (SEPs)” and comprises the Government’s $36m SEP Training Support Scheme and NTUC Training Fund $4m.

Who is eligible?

Who is eligible?

All Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents who are Self-Employed Persons (SEPs).

What is required?

Consolidated statement of income / Notice of Assessment for year of assessment 2020 submitted to IRAS in capacity of SEP.

Note: You must be a self-employed person (SEP) with your main source of income is and has been from self-employment with positive Net Trade Income. You will not be eligible for this scheme if you have been suspended from claiming training grants from government agencies.

How does NTUC Training Fund (SEPs) benefit SEPs?

When Self-Employed Persons attend and complete courses under SkillsFuture Series and approved Sector-specific training programmes, they will receive a Training Allowance as indicated below.

Union members who initiate training on their own could enjoy 50% discount off unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year training benefits for courses under Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP) per year.

Apply for the Letter of Eligibility

All self-employed (i.e. freelancers and sole-proprietors) Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible to apply for the NTUC Training Fund (SEPs) from the NTUC’s Employment and Employability Institute (e2i).

Before applying/registering for any courses, you must first receive a Letter of Eligibility from NTUC’s e2i.

  1. However, if you have received the following:
    • SIRS Letter/Email by NTUC (Sample) or
    • SIRS Letter by CPF Board

You will not need to apply for the Letter of Eligibility.

  1. If you do not have any of the above, please proceed to apply for the Letter of Eligibility.
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Before you begin your application, you will require SingPass. If you don’t have SingPass, please view the guide here.

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Click ‘Submit Application‘ to submit your personal details.

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Login to SingPass. Once you are logged in, you will be redirected to the form.

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Complete the form and submit all the required documents.

Each session is 30 minutes.

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Once your application is approved, you will receive a copy of the Letter of Eligibility from NTUC’s e2i within 10 working days.

Apply For Training

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Once you receive the Letter of Eligibility from NTUC’s e2i, you can select courses under the SkillsFuture Series and approved sector-specific training programmes. Please check our FAQs for the links to the approved courses.

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Sign up directly with the Institute of Higher Learning (IHL) or Training Provider (TP) with ONE of the following:

  • Letter of Eligibility issued by NTUC’s e2i
  • SIRS Letter / Email issued by NTUC (Sample)
  • SIRS Letter issued by CPF
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If you are applying for the course directly at the IHL or the TP, please bring and show letter/email as proof. The IHL or TP will make a copy/screenshot of the letter/email.

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If you are applying for the course online, please email the soft copy/screenshot of the letter/email to the IHL or the TP.

FAQ: What are the available approved courses?

Click here to view the list of SSG approved courses under SkillsFuture Series.

Click here to view the list of approved Sector-specific training programmes.

 

Submit Your Claims

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To submit the claim form, you will require SingPass. If you don’t have SingPass, please view the guide here.

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Click ‘Submit Claim Form’ to begin your claim submission.

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Login to SingPass. Once you are logged in, you will be redirected to the form.

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Complete the form and submit all the required documents. Each session is 30 minutes.

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Eligible SEPs who have submitted the required documents and provided the required information to NTUC’s e2i, can expect to receive their claims within 30 working days upon validation and receiving email notification from NTUC’s e2i.

Please note:

  1. For every course claim, you will need to submit the claim form and the required documents.
  2. Providing false information during claims submission to fraudulently obtain training allowance is an offense. Kindly submit the correct information.
  3. Training allowance is claimable for courses that start on any date from 1 Apr 2020 to 31 Dec 2020.
  4. SEPs must submit all claim documents by 28 February 2021.
  5. SEPs are also not allowed to use the same course/training programme that they have claimed under NTUC Training Fund (SEPs) to apply for funding/training allowance from other support schemes such as the Workfare Training Support Scheme.
FAQs: When and how do I submit an appeal?

You will be required to submit an appeal if:

  • You are unable to provide the Consolidated statement of income / Notice of Assessment for year of assessment 2020 submitted to IRAS in capacity of SEP
  • Your Employment Income is more than your Trade Income
  • You became a SEP only in 2020
  • Your main income in Year 2020 is from Self-Employment

 

To submit an appeal

You will need to submit the following additional documents:

Contract for Service + Vocational License (if any)

Contract for Service should include:

Note: As each situation is unique, please note that applications are subjected to approval on a case-by-case basis.

For more information on
NTUC Training Fund (SEPs), visit us at:

Phone: 6474 0606
Email: SEP2020@e2i.com.sg
Walk-in queries: e2i west
Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability
80 Jurong East St 21, Level 2,
Singapore 609607
Nearest MRT: Jurong East