We thank Mr Sim Eng Cheong for his feedback ("Why is current employment a criterion for SkillsFuture study award?"; Nov 3).
The SkillsFuture Study Award aims to help Singaporeans in the early to mid stages of their careers to deepen their skills in future economic growth sectors or areas of demand.
Applications are open to individuals nominated by their employers.
The respective government agency administering the study award in each sector may introduce additional criteria unique to the sector, such as relevant work experience, so as to tailor the awards to the sector's skills and talent development needs.
For the maritime sector, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has reviewed its criteria and will be happy to consider those who have worked previously in the maritime sector on a case-by-case basis.
We encourage Singaporeans to tap the wide range of available SkillsFuture schemes and programmes to continually deepen their skills.
Bernice Yeoh (Ms)
International Maritime Centre Division
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Patricia Woo (Ms)
Corporate and Marketing Communications
Singapore Workforce Development Agency