Review age criterion for using SkillsFuture credits

I had the opportunity to utilise my SkillsFuture credits when I attended a course recently.

Unfortunately, my 19-year-old son is not able to enjoy such benefits.

He has stopped schooling and has started working. He has discovered that he needs to equip himself with some skills, but he does not qualify for the grant, as he is too young.

I believe there are others in a similar situation.

What is the rationale for setting the minimum age for receiving the SkillsFuture credits at 25?

Can the authorities look at removing this requirement and include all Singaporeans who are not within the local school system or are not benefiting from Edusave?

Let us make our society more inclusive for these early school leavers.

Lai Wai Mun (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 09, 2017, with the headline 'Review age criterion for using SkillsFuture credits'. Print Edition | Subscribe