New SkillsFuture Study Awards to help employees in tourism sector upgrade launched

A SkillsFuture roadshow held by the Workforce Development Agency.
A SkillsFuture roadshow held by the Workforce Development Agency.ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

SINGAPORE - New study awards to help employees in the tourism sector pick-up skills to upgrade themselves were launched on Monday (Oct 24).

The SkillsFuture Study Awards were launched by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) for the hotel; meeting, incentive, convention, and exhibition (Mice); travel agent and tourist guide industries.

Application for the awards are open from now until March. Those who successfully apply for the awards will each get $5,000. The award is bond-free and can be used to defray course fees and training expenses for tourism sector courses.

Such courses include the Higher National ITE Certificate (NITEC), diploma and degree programmes offered by tertiary institutions, relevant Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) courses, professional certification, and advanced language courses.

Mr Lionel Yeo, STB's chief executive, said that "it is essential for the tourism sector to raise capabilities and enhance the competitiveness of Singapore's tourism landscape".

"These study awards will deepen the skills of the tourism workforce, while helping employers to nurture their Singaporean core," said Mr Yeo.

"It is also another tool in STB's arsenal of industry assistance that includes funding support for employee upgrading, talent and leadership development for the tourism sector."

For more details on eligibility criteria and supported courses, visit www.skillsfuture.sg/studyawards.