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Talent Assistance

last updated 26 September 2018

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 who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Fresh Media Graduates

  • Media Professionals Self-Sponsored/Organisation-Sponsored

  • Media Freelancers

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From 1 April 2018, we are no longer accepting applications for Overseas Specialised Training Grant and Overseas Enhanced Apprenticeship. For queries, please email talent_assistance@imda.gov.sg

From 13 April 2018, IMDA is migrating the T-Assist application process from Six Degrees to IMDA’s online Infocomm Competency Management System (ICMS).

For Individuals

Specialised Training Grant

Talent Assistance Specialised Training Grant (T-Assist) provides course fee subsidies for eligible fresh media graduates, media professionals and media freelancers to deepen their skills in areas such as visual effects, game design, virtual reality and digital marketing. The list of pre-approved local media courses, workshops and masterclasses by endorsed Course Providers can be found here.

Grant quantum

Eligible trainees will receive support of up to 90% of course fee (excluding GST), capped at $3,000 per course.

Media freelancers are eligible for Training Allowance when attending the pre-approved T-Assist courses at a rate of $7.50 per training hour. A Media Freelancer can claim up to $6,500 per annum (from 1 April to 31 March) for training allowance.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for T-Assist grant, the Trainee must be a Singaporean or Singapore PR and ensure that they meet the following eligibility criteria:

Type of TraineeCriteria

Fresh Media Graduates

Fresh Graduates from eligible media courses from the following institutions:

  • A local Private Education Institute (PEI) registered with the Council of Private Education CPE that is either EduTrust Certified by CPE or a Skillsfuture Singapore (SSG) accredited Continuing Education and Training (CET) centre.

  • Must show evidence of graduation, at least at diploma level within the last (12) months of application.

  • Completed NS within last twelve (12) months and completed academic studies in eligible media courses.

  • Must show evidence of graduation in media course and date of completion from NS (ROD).

Refer to list of eligible media programmes.

Media Professionals
Self-Sponsored/Organisation-Sponsored

A Media Professional is engaged primarily in media-related work in a media company or any user organisation. The work of the person includes design, development, production, operation, distribution, sales and/or marketing of media.

  • Must show evidence of employment in one of the eligible media job roles (e.g. letter of employment / declaration from company/ name card)

Media Freelancers

A Media Freelancer is:

  • A person who does not have a contract of service with an employer AND

  • Operates his/her own media service business or trade* without hiring any employees; AND

  • He/She negotiates his/her terms and benefits with clients, and it is clearly stated in the contract that it is his/her service as an individual that is being procured for all intents and purposes; AND

  • He/ She can either operate as individuals; OR have an Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority of Singapore (ACRA) - registered entity such as sole proprietorships, Limited Liability Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, Partnerships, and companies, where such entity does not hire any employees.

    * media service business or trade includes design, development, production, operation, distribution, sale and/or marketing of media.

  • Must show evidence of being contracted in at least one freelance media project performing eligible media job roles the past six (6) months (e.g. invoice/receipt from hiring company)


Eligible Trainee must perform one of the following eligible media job roles

Audio/ Sound Designer (including Sound Engineer / Audio Engineer / Audio Artist / Sound Artist / Creative Sound Designer / Technical Sound Designer)

Artist, Modeller, Visual Effects Designer, Animator (e.g. Game Artist, 3-D Modeller, 2-D Artist, 3-D Artist, Creative Supervisor/

Director (e.g. Film Director, Art Director, Creative Director, Director of Photography)

Editor (eg. Art Editor - Film or TV Editor, Sound Editor, Online Editor)

Executive Producer, Producer, Advertising Account Executive/Manager

Games Designer (e.g Level Designer)

Marketing and Publicity Executive/Manager of Media IP

Multimedia & Games Developer

Online Creator, Online Video Content Creator

Production Crew (e.g Grip, Gaffer, Lighting Assistant, camera operator, Production Assistant, Data Wrangler)

Project Managers of Media IP (eg. Assistant Director, Production Manager, Line Producer, Post-Production Supervisor)

Sales and Distribution of Media IP and Advertising Inventory

User Interface (UI) User Experience (UX) Designer (e.g Game UX Designer)

Writer (e.g. Screenwriter, Copywriter, Author, Publishing/ Advertising Editor)

Detailed description of each role can be found here.

Trainee Enrolment Procedure

Trainees interested to sign up for any of the T-Assist pre-approved course and apply for the T-Assist grant must approach the respective Course Providers.

All trainees must be enrolled by the endorsed Course Provider for the intended course in IMDA’s Infocomm Competency Management System (ICMS) within 30 days before and 5 days after course start date.

The trainee must commence the endorsed course between 1 May 2018 and 31 March 2019 (or otherwise stipulated by IMDA).

Trainees must make full payment of course fees directly to the endorsed Course Provider.

For detailed processes please refer to the following

Trainee Enrolment for Course Provider
Trainee Enrolment for Individuals & Sponsoring Organisations

Claim Application Procedure

All sponsoring organisations and self-sponsored individuals must have a valid IMDA’s Infocomm Competency Management System (ICMS) account in order to submit a T-Assist claim. To apply for a new organisation or individual account, please click here.

Self-sponsored applicants must have their SingPass ID and password to access ICMS. To find out more and/or apply for SingPass, please click here.

Sponsoring organisations will require CorpPass ID to access ICMS. To find out more and/or apply for CorpPass, please click here.

All claim applications must be submitted online via the ICMS upon course or certification completion. Please refer to the Claim Application Guide for detailed application procedures.

All claims for T-Assist grants must be submitted to IMDA within three (3) months the date of completion of the course. Late submissions will not be accepted. Applications with incomplete supporting documents will be rejected for processing.

Applicants must upload and attach the supporting documents via ICMS when submitting online applications. The supporting documents are:

  • A copy of trainee’s NRIC (front and back)

  • Proof of course registration

  • Declaration of eligibility form

  • Original or copies of Invoice(s) and Official Receipt(s) issued by the Course Provider for the Course and/or Certification Examination Fees paid by the Applicant.

  • Printout copy of SkillsFuture Credit ‘Claim Applications’ transaction history6

  • Printout copy of PSEA Statement

  • Daily attendance sheet signed by trainee (for classroom course) confirming 75% training attendance

  • Examination Score Report/Result Slip and Final Certificate for the endorsed certification issued by the Certification Awarding Body (if endorsed course dows not lead to any certification) issued by the Course Provider

  • Post-training report on the training outcome, to include skills acquired, outcome achieved and relevance to work

  • Completed GIRO form

For Organisation-Sponsored Trainees, the claim application will be submitted by the sponsoring organisation.

For Self-Sponsored Trainees, the claim application has to be completed by the individual.

To access ICMS, please click here.

For queries, please email talent_assistance@imda.gov.sg

Frequently Asked Questions

For further clarifications please refer to attached FAQs

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.