Training@MaritimeSingapore

Activity: Short Courses

Scope

Types of courses

  • Maritime-related courses, seminars or conferences
  • For the following courses, only maritime employees would be eligible for MCF co-funding:
  • IT skills*
  • Data analytics*
  • Green Technology with maritime focus*
  • Soft skills customised for the maritime industry

*Courses must be listed in SkillsFuture course directory

Mode of Conduct
  • Classroom-based
  • E-learning
  • Live, online training

Who can qualify

  • Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents
  • Self-sponsored individuals, or employees sponsored by business entities/organisations registered or incorporated in Singapore*. They must not be receiving any other form of financial assistance from another government body for the same course with the exception of SkillsFuture Credit or SkillsFuture Enterprise Credit (SFEC)**
  • For classroom-based and live, online learning courses, attendees must attain at least 75% attendance
  • For e-learning courses, attendees must complete all modules and pass the assessment(s) 
*Sponsored employees must not be Public Officers.
**Self-sponsored applicants may utilise SkillsFuture Credit on the nett amount after MCF subsidy if it is a Skillsfuture Credit-eligible courses. Please refer to : https://www.myskillsfuture.gov.sg/content/portal/en/training-exchange/course-landing.html

Employers who are eligible for SkillsFuture Enterprise Credit (SFEC) may utilise the Credit on the net amount if it is an approved training course listed in the Enterprise Portal for Jobs and Skills. Please refer to :

How much

  • 50% / 90%* co-funding of the course fee (excluding GST)
* 90% co-funding is applicable only to selected courses commencing 1 May 2020 to 31 December 2021.

How to apply (for participants)

How to apply for course pre-approval (for training service providers)

  • Submit Application Form for Training Service Providers to mcf@mpa.gov.sg for pre-approval at least 30 days before course commencement date

    New! Application Form has been updated to provide option for Training Service Providers to collect full course fee or nett course fee (i.e. full course fee less MCF funding).

  • To request top up of approved funding (only applicable for courses that have been approved by MCF Secretariat in the same year), submit Application Form for Top Up at least 7 working days before course commencement date

Other information

For participants

  • MCF grant will be reimbursed after completion of the course, through the Training Service Provider*.
*Not applicable for courses administered on nett course fee basis. 

For Training Service Providers

  • Training programme must be well-structured (i.e. with lesson plans and specific performance objectives)
  • Classroom-based training programmes must be conducted in Singapore.
  • Training programme must not have commenced prior to application
  • Orientation and induction programmes are not supportable
  • Training service providers are required to submit the claim on behalf of all eligible participants, no later than 1 month after completion of the course
  • For e-learning courses, the platform must demonstrate system capability to validate attendance records and track attendees’ progress.  Assessment(s) must be incorporated as part of the course curriculum.
  • For live, online training, Training Service Providers will be required to fulfil additional requirements over and above existing criteria, as follows:               
    • Technical Support - Onsite technical support must be provided either by Training Service Providers or platform vendor during the training.
    • Live participation - The live training platform should have interactive features to allow trainers and participants to communicate, raise questions or facilitate group discussions.
    • Participants’ Attendance - To demonstrate if the participants have met the 75% attendance requirement, the live training platform must have the system capabilities to validate attendance records and track trainees’ progress, with the following documentary requirements:

      - Name and email address of trainer;
      - Name and email address of trainees;
      - Date and time records of delivery of training session;
      - Date and time records of trainees’ presence;
      - Time-stamped snapshots of trainees (with video cameras turn on) at start and end of session; and
      - All trainees must turn on video cameras throughout the session.

  • Training service providers will be required to keep the above documentation for a period of up to 3 years from completion of each course for audit purposes and produce them when requested.

    • Authentication of Participants - Checks should be put in place by Training Service Providers to authenticate participants. 
    • Checks by MPA - Upon request, Training Service Providers are required to provide the course link to MPA to enable checks during the conduct of lesson.

  • Live, online training programmes may be conducted in Singapore or from an overseas location and Training Service Providers offering live, online training can be based overseas provided that the course administration (i.e. course registration, fee collection, etc) is done by the local entity.
How to claim (for training service providers) The MCF Claim Form for Classroom Training or Live, Online Training must be completed by Training Service Provider and submit to mcf@mpa.gov.sg within 1 month upon completion of each course run. The Training Service Provider will be required to submit (i) a scanned signed copy and (ii) the softcopy excel file.

Approval is subject to the fulfilment of all eligibility criteria. MPA reserves the right to reject any application or claim in the event of failure from participants/businesses to comply or observe any of the eligibility criteria.

Activity: Certifiable Courses

Scope

MPA pre-approved courses 


For courses which are not in the pre-approved listing, please refer to section “How to apply (for participants)” below on how to enquire on funding availability.

Types of courses

  • Maritime-related courses
  • For the following courses, only maritime employees would be eligible for MCF co-funding:
  • IT skills*
  • Data analytics*
  • Green technology with maritime focus*
  • Soft skills customised for the maritime industry
  • Executive leadership courses^

*Courses must be listed in SkillsFuture course directory.

^For local courses, Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply. For overseas courses, Singapore Citizens may apply.

Mode of Conduct
  • Classroom-based
  • Distance-learning
  • Live, online training

Who can qualify

  • Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents
    The above requirement must be met on or before commencement of course.
  • Self-sponsored individuals^, or maritime employees sponsored by business entities/organisations registered or incorporated in Singapore^^. This excludes shipyards, companies in the offshore and marine engineering sector, ferry cruise lines, government agencies and statutory boards, etc. They must not be receiving any other form of financial assistance from another government body for the same course with the exception of SkillsFuture Study Award.
  • Participants must successfully complete the programme and be awarded with the certification.
^includes individuals who are unemployed, or mid career converts who wish to explore opportunities in the maritime industry
^^Sponsored employees must not be Public Officers.

How much

  • Up to 90%* co-funding of the course/tuition fee (excluding GST), subject to a cap
* Up to 90% co-funding applicable only to courses commencing 1 May 2020 to 31 December 2021.

How to apply (for participants)

  • New! Application-less regime: Applicants are not required to submit an application for MCF co-funding support if they wish to pursue any of the certifiable courses in the MCF pre-approved list. Applicants can make use of the MCF-CC self-assessment checklist to check their eligibility for MCF grant support. Eligible applicants can submit their claims within one year from the date of successful completion of course.
  • Applicants can enquire on availability of funding support for relevant courses not in the pre-approved list by emailing to mcf@mpa.gov.sg.  Examples of certifiable courses that may be considered for co-funding support on case-to-case basis are:
    • IT skills*
    • Data analytics*
    • Green technology with maritime focus*
    • Soft skills customised for the maritime industry
    • Executive leadership courses
    • PhD programmes, provided that the scope of dissertation is maritime-related
*Courses must be listed in SkillsFuture course directory.

How to apply for course pre-approval (for training service providers/institutes of higher learning)

  • Submit Application Form for Training Service Providers/Institute of Higher Learning to mcf@mpa.gov.sg for pre-approval at least 30 days before course commencement date
  • For live, online training, Training Service Providers / Institutes of Higher Learning will be required to fulfil additional requirements over and above existing criteria, as follows:
    • Technical Support - Onsite technical support must be provided either by Training Service Providers / Institutes of Higher Learning or platform vendor during the training.
    • Live participation - The live training platform should have interactive features to allow trainers and participants to communicate, raise questions or facilitate group discussions.
    • Authentication of Participants - Checks should be put in place by Training Service Providers to authenticate participants. 
    • Checks by MPA - Upon request, Training Service Providers are required to provide the course link to MPA to enable checks during the conduct of lesson. 

  • Live, online training programmes may be conducted in Singapore or from an overseas location and Training Service Providers / Institutes of Higher Learning offering live, online training can be based overseas provided that the course administration (i.e. course registration, fee collection, etc) is done by the local entity.

How to claim

  • For claimants whose application has been approved earlier, please submit a copy of the awarded certification and proof of payment to mcf@mpa.gov.sg upon completion of the course, and no later than 3 months after the end of the course.
  • For claimants on application-less regime, please submit the MCF-Certifiable Course claim form, no later than one year from the date of completion^ of course. The following documents would be required for the submission:
    • Copy of NRIC (front and back) of course participant
    • Copy of course completion certificate
    • Copy of invoices and receipts for course fees
    • Copy of e-signature of authorised company representative
    • Copies of relevant bank statement or remittance advice to show the equivalent payment in Singapore dollars or the foreign exchange rate used.

  • Participants who have received MCF support are obligated to serve the maritime industry for 1 year after the course completion

^The course completion date refers to date of conferment of degree or date of issuance as indicated on the certificate of completion.

Approval is subject to the fulfilment of all eligibility criteria. MPA reserves the right to reject any application or claim in the event of failure from participants/businesses to comply or observe any of the eligibility criteria.

Activity: In-House Training

Scope

  • Well-structured in-house training programme conducted in Singapore for employees to gain knowledge and experience in maritime domains

Types of courses

  • Maritime-related courses
  • IT skills
  • Data analytics
  • Green technology with maritime focus
  • Soft skills customised for the maritime industry
Mode of Conduct
  • Classroom-based
  • Live, online training

    For live, online training, applicants must ensure that the training service providers whom they have engaged are able to fulfil the following requirements :
    • Technical Support - Onsite technical support must be provided by applicant or Training Service Providers during the training.
    • Live participation - The live training platform should have interactive features to allow trainers and participants to communicate, raise questions or facilitate group discussions.
    • Participants’ Attendance - To demonstrate if the participants have met the 75% attendance requirement, the live training platform must have the system capabilities to validate attendance records and track trainees’ progress, with the following documentary requirements: 

      - Name and email address of trainer; 
      - Name and email address of trainees; 
      - Date and time records of delivery of training session; 
      - Date and time records of trainees’ presence; 
      - Time-stamped snapshots of trainees (with video cameras turn on) at start and end of session; and 
      - All trainees must turn on video cameras throughout the session. 

  • The above documentation must be submitted in support of their claims after completion of training programme. 

Duration

  • Locally-based trainer: at least 1 day
  • Overseas-based trainer: min. 3 working days to 6 months

Who can qualify

  • Maritime businesses/organisations registered or incorporated in Singapore, and not receiving any other form of financial assistance from another government body for the same in-house training programme
  • Training programme should be conducted by an instructor and in the form of a workshop/lecture
  • At least 25% of the trainees (employees) must be Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents
  • Trainees (employees) must attain at least 75% attendance at the course

How much

  • 50% co-funding of qualifying costs (i.e. professional fees and economy return airfare/subsistence allowance for overseas-based trainers), subject to a cap

How to apply

How to claim

  • Submit a copy of the signed attendance sheet (for classroom-based training) or system-generated attendance log and other required documentation as specified above under ‘Participants Attendance’ (for live, online learning), the trainer’s invoice and receipt of payment to mcf@mpa.gov.sg upon completion of the programme, and no later than 3 months after the end of the programme

Approval is subject to the fulfilment of all eligibility criteria. MPA reserves the right to reject any application or claim in the event of failure from participants/businesses to comply or observe any of the eligibility criteria.

For more information on the Maritime Cluster Fund, please contact the MCF Secretariat:     
Email:   mcf@mpa.gov.sg     
Tel: 1800 272 7777 (Select option 4)

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore   
460 Alexandra Road   
#19-00 mTower      
Singapore 119963