NTUC Training Fund (SEPs)


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 earn as they train. This is to 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.

Keen to learn more? Download the NTUC Training Fund (SEPs) “Factsheet” and “FAQs” for more information.


  • 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 in the table below:

    Training Allowance

    Course commence between (1 April - 30 April 2020):

    SEP Training Allowance:


    Course commence between (1 May - 31 December 2020):

    SEP Enhanced Training Allowance:


    * Eligible SEPs would need to complete the approved courses by 31 December 2020.

    NTUC Training Fund (SEPs)


    For Existing NTUC Union Member who join before or on 1 March 2020.


    For New NTUC Union Member who join after 1 March 2020.


    Click here to sign up for NTUC membership

  • Who is eligible?


    All Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents who are Self-Employed Persons (SEPs), with provision of the supporting documents as listed:

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

    You must be a self-employed person (SEP) at the point of application and 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.

  • Step 1: 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.

    To apply for the Letter of Eligibility:

    A. Click 'Submit Application' to submit your personal details.



    B. Upon submission of the Application Form, you will receive a Submission ID number.

    C. Send an email to SEP2020@e2i.com.sg, with Submission ID number in your email subject title, (e.g “Application – Submission ID #00001”)

    D. Attach the following supporting documents in your email:

    *Only required if applicant selects GIRO as preferred payment mode & it must be the applicant’s bank account,
    no third party’s account is allowed

    E. Once your application is approved, you will receive a copy of the Letter of Eligibility from NTUC’s e2i within 5 working days.


  • Step 2: Apply for Training


    Once you receive the Letter of Eligibility from NTUC’s e2i, you can:

    A. Select courses under the SkillsFuture Series and approved sector-specific training programmes; and

    B. Sign up directly with the Institute of Higher Learning (IHL) or Training Provider (TP) with the Letter of Eligibility issued by NTUC’s e2i.

    C. If you are applying for the course directly at the IHL or the TP, please bring the Letter of Eligibility as proof. The IHL or TP will make a photocopy of your LOE.

    D. If you are applying for the course online, please scan your Letter of Eligibility and email the scanned copy to the IHL or the TP.

  • Step 3: Submit your claims

    At the end of training, you must:

    A. Bring along a copy of the Training Certification Slip (Form A1) and obtain endorsement from the IHL/TP;

    B. Send an email to SEP2020v3@e2i.com.sg, with Submission ID number in your email subject title, e.g. “Claim – Submission ID #00001”

    *Please take note of the new email address – DO NOT send your claim to the Applications email, SEP2020@e2i.com.sg. We will not be able to process your claim if you send it to the wrong email address.
    SEPs must submit all claims documents by 31 December 2020. 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.

    C. Attach the following documents:

    D. Only upon verification of the submitted documents, NTUC’s e2i will disburse the training allowance directly to your bank account.

    *Only required if applicant selects GIRO as preferred payment mode & it must be the applicant’s bank account,
    no third party’s account is allowed


  • When and how do I submit an appeal?
    You will be required to submit an appeal if:

    1. 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
    1. Your Employment Income is more than your Trade Income
    1. You became an SEP only in 2020
    1. Your main income in Year 2020 is from Self-Employment

    To submit an appeal, you will need to submit the following additional documents:

    1. Contract for Service + Vocational License (if any)

      Contract for Service should include:
      • UEN registration number of applicant’s company with Letterhead
      • Name and NRIC of applicant
      • Date of the service provided
      • Endorsement by company (client’s company stamp) and signed by both parties

    1. Invoice or Bank Statement to prove delivery and payment of service
    1. CPF Statement of Account from Jan 2019 – Dec 2019
    1. CPF Transaction History from Jan 2020 – Current
    1. Signed copy of Letter of Undertaking

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



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Contact Details

For more information, please contact e2i through the following methods:

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