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Talent Assistance provides funding support for the capability development of media practitioners, in line with MDA’s policy intent to grow a strong Singapore core of media talents in a flourishing media industry.​​​​​

MDA is pleased to announce the latest enhancements to the Talent Assistance scheme. The modifications will take effect on 1 June 2015. For more information, please click here.

  • ​Individual applicant must be a Singaporean or Permanent Resident.​

  • Singapore-registered companies with at least one Media Singapore Standard Industrial Classification (SSIC) code.​​

If you would like to find out if your company is listed in the Media SSIC code,​ enter your SSIC code here.

1. Media Education Scholarship

Media professionals and students who wish to pursue full-time media-related undergraduate and post-graduate programmes at reputable Singapore or international universities may apply for the Media Education Scholarship (MES). Applications are open from January to March annually.

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2. Specialised Training Grant

This grant is open to application by fresh media graduates and media professionals (employees and freelancers)

The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) has established Continuing Education and Training (CET) Centres to offer media-related courses (Broadcast, Film & TV, Digital Media, Media and Publishing) under the Creative Industries Workforce Skill Qualifications (WSQ) framework. The list of courses can be found here.

MDA supports selected specialised media courses, workshops and masterclasses that are not under the WSQ framework. Individuals should apply for the courses through Six Degrees, which is the outsourced vendor administrating this grant on behalf of MDA since August 2012.

The list of the pre-approved local courses is available on Six Degrees website for reference. Overseas courses will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Grant qua​ntum

Successful applicants will receive subsidies of up to 90% of course fees and will also be eligible for airfare subsidies and living allowances for overseas training supported by MDA. All subsidies are subject to an annual cap of S$15,000 per applicant.

Please visit http://www.sixdegrees.asia to apply or for more information. You will be required to setup a basic account.

3. Training Allowance

This grant is only open to application by freelance media professionals

Freelance media professionals are eligible for Training Allowance when attending:

  • Media-related courses (Broadcast, Film & TV, Digital Media, Media and Publishing) under the Creative Industries Workforce Skill Qualifications (WSQ) framework. The list of Creative Industries Workforce Skill Qualifications (WSQ) courses can be found here.

  • Selected specialised media courses, that are not under the WSQ framework but approved by MDA under the Specialised Training Grant. The list of the courses can be found here on the Six Degrees website, which is the outsourced vendor administrating this grant on behalf of MDA since August 2012.​​

Grant qua​ntum

Applicants can claim up to S$1,800 per month for training allowance, at a rate of S$7.50 per training hour, capped at a maximum of S$9,000 per individual until 2016.

4. Overseas Enhanced Apprenticeship

This grant is only open to application by experienced media professionals

Experienced media professionals, who possess at least three (3) years (36 months in total and not necessarily consecutively 3 years) of experience in the media industry in an area of specialisation, can apply for the Overseas Enhanced Apprenticeship for up to six months.

Grant qua​ntum

Successful applicants will be funded for airfare and living allowances, calculated based on cost of living for the country of apprenticeship, for up to a period of six months (defined as 182 calendar days). The living allowance is a stipend to be used for subsistence allowance, accommodation and transport.

For more information, please refer to the Application and Scheme Guidelines here. Download Adobe Reader

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5. Local and Overseas Enhanced Apprenticeships

This grant is only open to application by organisations to send employees who are experienced media professionals

Media companies can apply for Local and Overseas Enhanced Apprenticeships to send employees, who possess at least three (3) years (36 months in total and not necessarily consecutively 3 years) of experience in the media industry in an area of specialisation, to apprentice at other local or overseas media companies for up to six months.

Grant qua​ntum

For Local Enhanced Apprenticeships, successful applicants will be funded up to 70% of the employee’s monthly salary, or up to S$3,200 per month (whichever is the lower amount), up to a period of six months (calculated based on 182 calendar days).

For Overseas Enhanced Apprenticeships, successful applicants will be provided a living allowance (calculated based on cost of living for the country of apprenticeship) and airfare grant support for the candidate, up to a period of six months (calculated based on 182 calendar days). The living allowance is a stipend to be used for subsistence allowance, accommodation and transport.

For more information, please refer to the Application and Scheme Guidelines here.

6. Hire & Train Grant

This grant is only open to application by organisations to hire fresh media graduates and mid-career switchers

Media companies can apply for the Hire & Train Grant to defray the costs of recruiting fresh media graduates and mid-career switchers for a fixed period of six (6) months. This scheme is to encourage hire and retention of fresh media graduates and mid-career switchers who have no prior experience in the media industry.

Grant qua​ntum

Successful applicants will receive funding to defray up to 70% of the candidates’ monthly salaries, or up to S$2,000 (whichever is the lower amount) capped at S$2,000 per month, for a fixed period of six (6) months.

For more information, please refer to the Application and Scheme Guidelines here.

7. Training Evaluation Framework (for Training Institutions)

Local training institutions who are seeking support for their courses to be listed under the Talent Assistance Specialised Training grant scheme may refer to the training evaluation framework listed here. Applications are open in February and September annually.

How to apply?

Interested applicants can apply for Talent Assistance all year round.

Applicants for Training Allowances (for media freelancers only) or Specialised Training grants (local or overseas courses) may apply online at the Six Degrees’ application portal. Applicants will be required to create a free basic account at http://www.sixdegrees.asia. For queries, please email to grants@sixdegrees.asia  or call 6338 3018.

Applicants for the Hire & Train grant or Enhanced Apprenticeships should review the Talent Assistance Application and Scheme guidelines here for the Hire & Train grant and here for Enhanced Apprenticeships before submitting their applications. Applications must be submitted via MDA’s Online Grant Management System (OGMS).

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