Singapore’s SkillsFuture Credit scheme attracts 126,000 users in first year

Author: PM editorial | Date: 11 Jan 2017

ICT-related subjects are the most popular among the 18,000 courses on offer

More than 126,000 Singaporeans benefitted from the SkillsFuture Credit scheme in its first year, according to new figures.
The learning and development programme, which offered all Singapore nationals an initial S$500 to pay for learning opportunities to boost their skills, was launched in December 2015 by the Workforce Development Agency (WDA).
The number of training courses offered has also increased, from more than 10,000 in January 2016 to 18,000-plus by December.
Around one third of the 126,000 users went back for a second course. The most common age group to log on was the over-60s; they accounted for 23 per cent of all users.
In a statement, SkillsFuture said ICT courses were the most popular choice. “Younger Singaporeans enrolled for courses on emerging ICT skills such as data analytics, while older Singaporeans use their SkillsFuture Credit to acquire more fundamental ICT skills such as using the basic functions of a computer,” it said.
Other popular courses included language skills, productivity and innovation and security and investigation.
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offering ongoing virtual classroom learning were enrolled in by about six per cent of users, the majority of whom were aged 25-39 and were able to complete the course at their own pace.
It is hoped that SkillsFuture will encourage lifelong learning among the country’s citizens, in an economy that is expected to become ‘manpower lean’ and focused on innovation and productivity gains.