Many employment grants are coming to an end by the end of March 2022. However, the government has followed up with several other grants for year 2022 to assist SMEs during this pandemic.
One of the grants would be Career Conversion Programme (CCP). This programme is administered by the Workforce Advancement Federation (WAF) and supported by WSG. It is newly released on the 1st of January 2022 to help local Professionals, Managers, Executives & Technicians (PMET) in reskilling and take on new job roles to acclimatise into an SME culture. The program will also support SMEs in recruiting and training the right talent for their organisation.
For employers, this program will provide salary support of up to 90% for 3 months for new hires. The new hires will need to attend a 3-day course with the employer attending the last day together via a Zoom session.
With the 3 Day workshop, PMET hires will learn techniques to help them acclimatise to the SME working environment. This will be crucial particularly for new hires who worked in non-SME in their previous job role. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to learn foundation skills in various key business functional areas necessary to operate effectively in an SME environment. The program will also provide a joint session between the PMET and their supervisors to facilitate work expectations, job description and expected deliverables.
In the event when the new hire resigns during the program, the employer will still be eligible for the funding support (at a prorated rate) provided that both parties have attended the 3 days’ workshop. The workshops are held every month, subjected to WAF’s arrangement. The company are expected to allocate time for new hires to attend the course as it will be beneficial for their personal development.
The eligibility criteria are as follows:
Companies registered or incorporated in Singapore
Employment size (at group level) of not more than 200; OR Annual sales turnover(at group level) not more than S$100 million.
At least 30% local shareholding being held by Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident
Must be able to offer full time employment with a fixed monthly salary of at least $2,700 and at least a 12-month employment contract
Must put in place structured O/T for the candidate
commit to CCP training arrangements for the trainee
Be committed to work with WSG or its appointed programme partners on the necessary admin matters related to the programme
Be a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident who is keen to pursue a full-time career in an SME
Have graduated or completed National Service at least 2 years prior at the point of application
New job role trained for under the CCP should be substantially different from previous job role OR has held a similar role previously but was from a non-SME prior to joining the company
Must not be connected to the CCP participating company.
a. Shareholder of CCP company or its related companies;
b. Related to the owners of the CCP company; and
c. Immediate ex-staff of the CCP company or related entities