New enhancements to WorkPro scheme to help companies look after older employees

SINGAPORE - More incentives for employers to look into flexible work arrangements and implement health programmes for workers will be rolled out from July 1.

The Ministry of Manpower and Singapore Workforce Development Agency on Wednesday announced enhancements to the $170 million WorkPro scheme.

Over 1,000 companies have made use of the scheme - which helps groups such as older workers and back-to-work women, since it was launched last year.

As part of the enhancements, companies applying for the Age Management Grant will need to attend a new Workplace Health Promotion Facilitator course to learn how to improve workplace health practices, and implement a standardised programme to provide older workers with an indication of their health status.

Under the Work-Life Grant, companies will be able to enjoy $10,000 funding to try out flexi-work arrangements in their companies before implementing them. Currently, funding is only available as a reimbursement after the arrangements have been implemented. The maximum funding amount remains unchanged, at $40,000.

Employers can currently receive up to $40,000 per year if one-third of their workers use flexi-work arrangements. From July, even if only one-fifth of their workers use the arrangements, the company can receive up to $25,000 per year from the grant.

"I hope that more employers will take advantage of the assistance schemes available to better achieve our goal of helping our workers work for as long as they want to and can," Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower Amy Khor said at an age management seminar on Monday afternoon, where she announced the enhancements.