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Talent Assistance

last updated 03 July 2017

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

An overview of the grant application process can be found 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.

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For Individuals

 

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. Read more here.


2. Specialised Training Grant
This grant is open to fresh media graduates and media manpower (employees and freelancers).

The Workforce Singapore (WSG) 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.

IMDA 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 IMDA.

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

From 1 September 2017, successful applicants will receive support of 90% of course fee (excluding GST), capped at $2,500 per course for IMDA’s approved local and online courses. Applicants will also be eligible for up to $15,000 per annum (from 1 April to 31 March) in funding support to defray part of the costs for the course fees, airfare and living expenses when they attend short overseas specialised media courses not found in Singapore or for skills needed by the industry.

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 media freelancers

Media freelancers 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 IMDA 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 IMDA.​​

Grant qua​ntum

Applicants can claim up to $6,500 per annum (from 1 April to 31 March) for training allowance, at a rate of S7.50 per training hour.

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

 

4. Overseas Enhanced Apprenticeship
This grant is only open to application at the invitation of IMDA.

Individuals who wish to apprentice themselves in an overseas company would be offered funding support for expenses up to a period of six months.

 

For Organisation Applicants

 

5. Overseas Enhanced Apprenticeship
This grant is only open to application at the invitation of IMDA.

Companies which wish to send their media professionals for attachment with established overseas media companies or projects, would be invited by IMDA to apply for the Overseas Enhanced Apprenticeship programme which offer funding support for expenses up to a period of six months.

 

6. 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.

Applicants for Specialised Training grants (local and overseas courses) or Training Allowances (for media freelancers only) 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.

If you are interested to know more about IMDA's grant schemes, please contact us via our Online Feedback Form.

What is the definition of Related-Party?

The following definitions are to be adopted in the context of IMDA media schemes:

A. Individual to Individual

An individual is related to another individual if he or she is:

  • A spouse of the individual; or
  • A child of the individual or that of the individual’s spouse; or 
  • A dependant of the individual or the individual’s spouse. Dependants are defined as any parent, spouse or child (legally adopted or illegitimate) living with him/her and/or receiving financial contribution from him/her for living expenses or as source of income.

B. Individual to Entity

An individual is related to an entity if:

  • The individual, or any of the related persons defined as above, has control (e.g. majority voting rights) or joint control (e.g. share majority voting rights) over the entity.

C. Entity to Entity

An entity is related to another entity if:

  • One entity has control (e.g. majority voting rights) or joint control (e.g. share majority voting rights) over the other entity.

If any potential supplier/service provider for the project is a related-party, grant applicants are reminded to make the appropriate declaration to IMDA when submitting their grant application. Do note that any related-party transaction incurred by grant applicants, that had not been declared to IMDA and approved by IMDA, would not be funded.