NOTICE (Updated : 17th April 2018)
IMDA is migrating the T-Assist application process from Six Degrees to IMDA’s online Infocomm Competency Management System (ICMS), https://eservice.imda.gov.sg/icms/
From 13 April 2018, Six Degrees will no longer accept new applications for T-Assist.
If you have attended a pre-approved T-Assist course before or on 30 April 2018 and you have met the eligibility criteria for T-Assist Specialised Training Grant and/or Training Allowance, you must submit your claims to Six Degrees by 1 June 2018.
Effective 1 May 2018, the funding cap for each pre-approved T-Assist course will be increased to $3,000.
For more details on the changes to T-Assist grants and new online application processes, please visit, https://www.imda.gov.sg/industry-development/programmes-and-grants/talent-assistance. You can also email, firstname.lastname@example.org, with your queries.
NOTICE TO ALL APPLICANTS :
CHANGES IN FUNDING PROGRAMMES FOR TALENT ASSISTANCE SCHEME
In a recent review of IMDA’s talent development programmes for the industry, the following guidelines are to be applied to applications for Talent Assistance training grants.
IMDA develops the converging Infocomm and Media sectors in a holistic way, and makes funding support available for the capability development of practitioners. Beneficiaries include professionals, including media freelancers and media companies.
IMDA has streamlined its processes to ensure a consistent approach and to maintain a high standard of governance and accountability for the training grants it disburses.
Hence, effective 1 November 2017, the following conditions will apply to all new applications received:
•Grant applications can be made by individual trainees or sponsoring employers.
•The full amount of the training grant will be disbursed to the trainees or to their sponsoring employers where applicable.
•Grant applicants cannot opt for the grant to be disbursed to the course provider(s).
•Grant applicants can only submit their training grant claims upon completion of the course(s) by the trainees.
•Grant Applicants will receive the grant in full on the completion of the course(s) by the trainees.
Definition and Eligibility Criteria of Media Freelancers
To better identify media freelancers who qualify for IMDA Talent Assistance Scheme’s training grants, from 1 June 2017 media freelancers are defined as those who meet all of the following criteria:
*A person who does not enjoy regular employment salaries and benefits, or who operates his/her own media content service business or trade without employing other workers.
Specifically, this definition includes individuals who take on
- Ad-hoc media projects on a part-time basis when available; or
- Concurrent multiple media projects for different clients,
* This person negotiates his/her terms and benefits with their clients and can either operate as individuals or have an ACRA-registered entity such as sole proprietorships, and,
* The person must show evidence of being contracted in at least one freelance media project in the past six months
Change in the Funding Quantum of Training Allowance for Media Freelancers
From 1 June 2017, media freelancers (as defined above) would be eligible for IMDA’s Training Allowance of up to $6,500 per financial year (from 1 April to 31 March) when they take time to attend media training courses, locally or overseas, to upgrade their skills. The funding quantum per hour remains unchanged which is $7.50 per hour.
Change in the Funding Quantum of Specialised Training Grants for Media Manpower
In addition, from 1 September 2017, media professionals working in companies registered as Media under the Singapore Standard Industrial Classification (SSIC), and media freelancers would receive funding of 90% course fee (excluding GST), up to $2,500 for each course they attend from the IMDA’s list of courses. There is no cap on the number of courses each individual can attend in a year.
Furthermore, if they wish to attend short overseas specialist media courses not found in Singapore or for skills needed by the industry, they may apply for funding support defray part of the costs for the course fees, airfare and living expenses, capped at $15,000 per financial year (from 1 April to 31 March).
For more information, please contact Six Degrees at email@example.com
FAQ: Talent Assistance Specialised Training Grant
1. What is Talent Assistance Specialised Training Grant?
The Scheme provides course fee subsidies for eligible locals, making it more affordable for media practitioners to upgrade themselves. The Scheme provides funding for attending of IMDA pre-approved non-WSQ media courses, workshops and master classes.
The Scheme will also support eligible locals attending overseas training that is currently not available in Singapore and if the skill is an emerging skill or a gap that we are trying to bridge.
2. Who are eligible for Talent Assistance Specialised (Training) grants?
The Scheme is open to Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents who are:
• media employees of Singapore-registered media companies; or;
• full-time media freelancers (defined as freelancers who have been contracted in at least one freelance media project in the past six months. Applicants who hold another employment while freelancing cannot be considered as full-time freelancers); or
• fresh media graduates (applicants must provide proof that he/she has officially graduated ie. graduation certificate as endorsed by the school) as detailed below:
i) Completed academic studies within the last twelve (12) months with an Institute of Higher Learning (IHL) or obtained at least a diploma* from a local Private Education Institute (PEI) registered with the Council of Private Education CPE(1) that is either EduTrust Certified by CPE(2) or a SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) accredited Continuing Education and Training (CET) centre(3) or
ii) Completed NS within last twelve (12) months and completed academic studies with an IHL or obtained at least a diploma* from a local PEI registered with the CPE that is either EduTrust Certified by CPE or a SSG accredited CET centre.
Please refer to Footnotes for the list of PEIs registered with CPE that is either EduTrust Certified by CPE or a SSG accredited CET centre.
3. What type of programmes can eligible locals apply the grant for?
Eligible locals could apply for the grants for courses listed in here. These are the courses that have been evaluated by IMDA to meet the needs of the industry. The publication of the list of courses subsidized by IMDA is to provide greater transparency to the public and to make known to the public the courses they could apply under the Talent Assistance Specialised Training Grant.
IMDA will review the list of pre-approved courses and any new courses under its Training Evaluation framework for Training Institutions. More details can be found on IMDA’s website.
The Scheme does not fund participation or attendance of conferences, seminars, symposiums, competitions, networking/ business events, or courses that constitute to or offer credit exemption for a diploma or degree.
4. What is the funding quantum of the Talent Assistance Specialised Training grants?
Funding is up to 90% of the course fee, capped at $2,500 per course. The Scheme does not cover GST and material cost (if any). For overseas training, successful applicants will also be eligible for 90% of course fees, airfare subsidies and daily stipends if applicable,capped at $15,000 per financial year per individual
5. What is the application process?
Applicants are required to create a free basic account at http://www.sixdegrees.asia for access to the application portal. For queries, applicants could email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 6338 3018.
Applicants can access the application form through the following steps:
- Log into your Six Degrees account.
- Click on the Resources tab.
- Click on “APPLY HERE: IMDA Talent Assistance” box.
All applications for T-Assist Specialised Training and Training Allowance must be personally submitted by the recipients of the grants.
Please also have these documents ready to be submitted through the system.
• Scanned front and back of NRIC in a single file
• Copy of CPF statement for the past 6 months
•Full time employee: Letter of employment( with designation) OR
•Full time freelancer: contract/invoice/receipt
• Marketing material relating to the training programme (if any)
• Description of the programme, profile of the trainer, training institution and/or organiser, and course fee (for overseas courses, indicate if accommodation and meals are inclusive)
• Expected outcomes of training and relevance to career
Applicants are to submit their applications at least 21 calendar days before commencement of the training courses,inclusive of weekends and public holidays.
As all applications are subject to approval, please ensure you are notified of the application outcome before commencing your training programme.
Six Degrees and Info-communications Media Development Authority must have complete access to expenditure concerning the training programme which includes all supporting vouchers, invoices and receipts thereof as well as the right to inspect all training programmes. The applicant must promptly furnish all data, reports, contracts, documents and other information, if requested by Six Degrees and/or Info-communications Media Development Authority.
Every successful applicant will receive a Letter of Offer from Six Degrees before course starts.
The applicant will need to formally accept the offer by completing/ signing the Letter of Acceptance and submitting it to Six Degrees before or on the day of the start of the courses. The Letter of Offer/Acceptance or Agreement needs to be duly signed and executed before milestone claim(s) can be made.
6. How do I make the milestone claims?
Disbursement of funds will be made no later than 60 days upon receipt of complete milestone documents from the applicant.
The milestone deliverables should not be items that have already been carried out prior to the effective start date of the training programmes stated in the Letter of Offer.
In the event that the funding recipient fails to deliver the milestone deliverables stated in the Letter of Offer, Six Degrees and Info-communications Media Development Authority shall have no obligation to provide any further grants, and monies disbursed by Six Degrees and/or Info-communications Media Development Authority to the funding recipient shall be immediately recoverable from the funding recipient upon demand by the Info-communications Media Development Authority.
Disbursement of grants would be made via cheque.
Disbursement of grant: Disbursement will be made in one tranche upon course completion and no later than 60 days upon receipt of submission of the all milestone documents: (a) Letter of Acceptance (within 30 days from the date of Letter of Offer, or before the course start, whichever is earlier, failing which the offer shall lapse) (b) Applicant has to submit to Six Degrees within 30 days upon completion of the training: • Proof of course registration and payment • Post-training report (in Six Degrees’ portal) on how the training programme has been beneficial to the applicant, to include skills acquired, outcome achieved and relevance to work; • Proof of attendance (applicant must achieve at least 75% attendance) or course completion; and • Completed GIRO form (if disbursement is to be made via GIRO).
Disbursement of grant:
Disbursement will be made in one tranche upon course completion and no later than 60 days upon receipt of submission of the all milestone documents:
(a) Letter of Acceptance (within 30 days from the date of Letter of Offer, or before the course start, whichever is earlier, failing which the offer shall lapse)
(b) Applicant has to submit to Six Degrees within 30 days upon completion of the training:
• Proof of course registration and payment
• Post-training report (in Six Degrees’ portal) on how the training programme has been beneficial to the applicant, to include skills acquired, outcome achieved and relevance to work;
• Proof of attendance (applicant must achieve at least 75% attendance) or course completion; and
• Completed GIRO form (if disbursement is to be made via GIRO).
7. Why apply through Six Degrees?
IMDA has officially appointed Six Degrees on 16 August 2012 to administer the IMDA Talent Assistance Specialised Training and Training Allowance schemes.
8. How are the grants being disbursed?
Grants will be disbursed to the applicant. However, successful applicants may specify in the Letters of Acceptance, the person or organisation to whom the grants are to be disbursed.
Applicants who do not complete the courses will not be eligible for IMDA funding. In the event that the grants have been disbursed, the amount disbursed has to be refunded.
9. How are applications being evaluated?
Every application is evaluated based on the following:
· Background of the applicant such as experience and qualification
· Applicant’s learning objective
· Skills and outcome the applicant seeks to achieve
10. How long does it take to process an application?
Applicants are to submit their complete applications via Six Degrees’ portal at least 21 calendar days before commencement of the training courses, inclusive of weekends and any Public Holidays. The 21 calendar days is calculated by the difference between the date of complete application submission and the course commencement date. E.g course date is 30 June, the latest date to submit complete grant application is 9 June.
The application outcome will be made known to the applicant before the course starts. Late or incomplete grant applications will be rejected for processing so as to meet IMDA’s audit requirements.
11. How does Six Degrees track and measure the effectiveness of the training applicants attended?
Applicants have to submit their post-training report online for the final grant disbursement. Six Degrees will also conduct annual surveys among recipients of Talent Assistance grants for their feedback.
(1)Please refer to this link for the list of local PEIs registered with CPE.
(2)Please refer to this link for the list of local PEIs that are EduTrust Certified by CPE.
(3)Please refer to this link for the list of SSG accredited CET centres.
• Specialist Diploma
• Higher Diploma
• Advanced Diploma
• Graduate Certificate
• Post-Graduate Certificate
• Graduate Diploma
• Post-Graduate Diploma
* List of Certifications (that constitute minimally a Diploma) from EduTrust Certified Local PEIs registered with the CPE and SSG accredited CET centres
This will exclude individuals who have:
• Attended courses that are classified as tuition, preparatory and foundation; or
• Attended courses that only award a certificate upon completion