Singaporeans aged 25 and above will start receiving their SkillsFuture Credit account activation letters from January next year.
For a start, they will get S$500 which they can use to pay for about 10,000 courses across all key industries. The Government will make subsequent top-ups periodically. Though no further details on those are announced, the credit will not expire.
The 10,000 courses include those subsidised or approved by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), as well as selected courses offered by tertiary institutions here. These include Institutes of Technical Education, polytechnics, autonomous universities, SIM University, LASALLE College of the Arts and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.
The list of courses will be uploaded on the SkillsFuture Credit website from Nov 20 at skillsfuture.sg/credit.
PROGRAMME LAUNCHED TO ENCOURAGE LIFELONG LEARNING
A newly-launched programme called Tinkerama aims to start lifelong learning. The programme, unveiled by the Lifelong Learning Council, will have different themes, and travel to places like schools, community centres and libraries. It can be described as a travelling playground that provides learning opportunities, such as making solar cars to teach the concept of renewable energy.
But children are not the only ones the authorities hope to reach out to.
“We have a lot of adults who are home bound – this is a group that I think we’ll work very hard to reach out to. They deserve learning, they deserve learning new things. There are also the elderly who may find it less convenient so we’ll find ways to reach out to these people,” said Mr Tan Kay Yong, Chairman of the Lifelong Learning Council.
From 2016, WDA will set aside S$3 million for individuals as well as organisations to roll out ideas that promote learning within their community. This fund, called the LearnSG Seed Fund, will be available for a year.
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