Parliamentary Replies

February 19, 2018

Update on SkillsFuture credit utilisation

Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Zainal Sapari, Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC

Question

To ask the Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) (a) what are the top 10 SkillsFuture courses that Singaporeans have signed up for; (b) what is the percentage of utilisation of SkillsFuture funds for these top 10 courses; (c) what is the profile of the SkillsFuture users who have utilised the funds for these top 10 courses; and (d) which of these courses lead to new or better jobs.

Response

1. Mr Zainal Sapari asked for the top 10 courses, so here they are in descending order.

  1. Use Basic Functions and Applications of a Computer;
  2. Basic Computer Course in Chinese;
  3. Use Primary Functions and Applications of a Tablet;
  4. Private Hire Car Driver’s Vocational Licence;
  5. Use Primary Functions and Applications of a Computer;
  6. Follow Food and Beverage Safety and Hygiene Policies and

2. Members might have noticed some titles are the same because they are delivered by different training providers. A more meaningful way to look at it, is to cluster popular courses into certain sectors and look at the entire cluster. If we look from that perspective, the most popular area of training is still Information and Communications Technology (ICT) related courses.

3. Over the two-year period, about 62,000 claims were made by Singaporeans for these top 10 courses. Close to ninety percent of the participants are Singaporeans aged 40 and above.

4. However, it is difficult to ascertain if the training led to better jobs or new jobs. To drive those outcomes, we have specific schemes such as Professional Conversion Programmes (PCP), Place and Train, and Adapt and Grow where we monitor the progress of each and every trainee. Notwithstanding, one of the key objectives of the SkillsFuture Credit scheme in supporting the SkillsFuture Movement is to empower individuals to take ownership of their skills development, open up their minds to embrace a lifelong learning mindset and embark on the journey. Judging by the take-up and the types of courses most people enrolled in, we believe the scheme has achieved this objective.