Want to expand your business by hiring new talent but need some support to fully prepare them for the job? Fortunately for us, there's a government initiative for that called the Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) Place-and-Train Programme.
The PCP Place-and-Train Programme is a government initiative under SkillsFuture Singapore to help fashion business gain 35 - 45% salary support for their new hires and bridge industry skill gap.
UPDATE: From 1st Sept 2020,
Employers that increase their overall local workforce between September 2020 to February 2021 (inclusive) will receive Government support. To be eligible for the JGI, there must be an increase in overall local workforce size AND increase in local workforce size earning ≥$1,400/month, compared to the August 2020 local workforce. The support is 25% (or 50% for mature local hires aged 40 and above) of the first $5,000 of gross monthly wages paid to all new local hires. Government support will be provided for 12 months from the month of hire, if employers continue to meet the eligibility criteria. Read more here
Your business and your candidate are eligible to join this initiative if it fulfils the following requirements:
While eligible companies enjoy a salary support of 35 - 45% for their new hires for 12-months, they are required to sponsor their candidate for professional training under TaF.tc by completing any one of our 4 Diploma Programmes OR any of our professional WSQ Short courses within their first 12 months of employment. Course schedule can be customised to include part-time classes.
The courses have to be fully paid by the company - but on top of the 70% government funding for most of our courses, eligible SME companies are able to claim an additional 20% grant for each course via SkillsConnect after the completion of each module. Effectively, that's a 90% funding on all courses!
1. Check if your company and potential candidate is eligible for this programme. Here's a check-list with all the evaluation criteria required.
Companies can either enlist the help of TaF.tc to recommend graduates or embark on their own search for a candidate that is a good fit for their organisation.
2. Evaluation and on-boarding. TaF.tc will verify the eligibility of the candidate. Thereafter, we will work with the direct supervisor to plan a 1-year work-study schedule for the candidate. Lastly, we will conclude with a PCP contract for the company.
3. Programme kick-off: Register your new hire into TaF.tc’s courses and start applying for grants via SkillsConnect within 30 days from every course start date. You must submit the claim within 120 days from the course end dates. TaF.tc will disburse salary support quarterly once the required documents (OJT & Payslip) are furnished.
Do WhatsApp our friendly customer service team at +65 8875 6778 (https://wa.me/6588756778) and request.
There must be an element of job conversion where the candidate undergoes a change in job scope from one to another. However, if the candidate has been unemployed for more than 6 months, you can hire them and still qualify for the training grant and salary support.
Salary support is 35% - 45% of basic monthly salary capped at $4,000 per eligible trainee per month.
The criteria for an in-house conversion (i.e., place an existing employee under the programme) is that the company is in the process of downsizing and retrenching staff, and the programme’s intent in this case would be to help the company retain its staff by re-skilling them for a different role. Companies are able to make an appeal if they would like to extend this programme to their existing employees. The requirements are: 1) Employee must have a major change in their job responsibility, and 2) Employers can write an appeal together with their financial documents for us to appeal with our governing partners, subject to approval.
Unfortunately, you can't. The candidate must have worked before to qualify for the Place and Train programme.
45% salary support is reserved for candidates who are mature or long-term unemployed PMETs. Mature is defined as PMETs who are aged 40 and above from the date of programme commencement. It is usually only given to a more senior paid executive. Do check in with us if your candidate is eligible.
If company terminates, candidate is discharged from all PCP obligations. If candidate quits, they are liable to pay the company the penalty as per bond signed. If there are modules yet to be completed, TaF.tc can exercise its right to collect the unconsumed, unfunded course fee from the company.
Companies will not be eligible for absentee payroll since they are already supported with the salary support programme.
1) Upon submission of supporting documents (monthly payslip and On-the-Job Training report), the company will receive disbursement of salary support from TaF.tc on a quarterly basis. TaF.tc financial year ends on 31 December. To claim the additional 20% ETSS grant. Follow the instructions here!
You can only hire for PMET positions, not for rank-and-file positions like retail sales staff.
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