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SkillsFuture Work-Learn Boot Camp

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Published by Enterprise Singapore
on 29 Nov 2019

Attract and hire fresh graduates and mid-career individuals who will be trained with behavioural and technical skills for in-demand job roles.

Details of the Programme

The SkillsFuture Work-Learn Bootcamp (WLB) is a new work-learn programme that will equip fresh graduates and mid-career individuals with the relevant job-role specific behavioural, mind-set and technical skills in sectors with acute demand. It is a three-year pilot programme, developed in partnership between SSG, the five polytechnics, ITE and Generation1, a US-based non-profit organisation founded by McKinsey & Company. It develops and implements short, focused bootcamps that allow young people to work and learn in jobs, resulting in 17,000 job placements across 23 professions in 9 countries to date. 

Participants will undergo 8 to 12 weeks of intensive institutional training before seeking employment. The WLB involves employers extensively throughout the process, from developing industry-relevant curriculum to identifying suitable participants for the programme and recruitment. As an illustration, the polytechnics and ITE, together with Generation, will work with employers to identify skills found in peak performers in the specific job role, and design a bootcamp-style programme to train participants in those skills. 

Republic Polytechnic and the Singapore Institute of Retail Studies under Nanyang Polytechnic have commenced the first run of the programme for the Digital Marketing job role in July 2018. This will be followed by Ngee Ann Polytechnic later this year. Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic will also be rolling out another programme for a job role related to engineering and big-data in Q4 2018. More details on subsequent runs of the WLB and job roles will be released when available.

1 Generation’s placement methodology has proven to be effective, short and scalable in these countries, yielding 83% job placement within three months and 80% retention at three months. Nearly 88% of participating employers say that Generation graduates outperform their peers along business metrics and 98% of participating employers would hire Generation graduates again. There has also been positive feedback from other key stakeholders such as training providers and alumni. [Source: Generation]

Who Is It For


The WLB is open to Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents who are fresh graduates or mid-career individuals, and are keen to undergo an 8 to 12 weeks institution-based training programme before seeking employment in sectors with acute demand.


Companies that are registered or incorporated in Singapore, and are seeking to attract and hire fresh graduates or mid-career individuals can participate in WLB.

How Will I Benefit


  • Individuals can acquire relevant behavioural, mind-set and technical skills related to a specific job role through a short training programme before seeking employment with a company in sectors with acute demand
  • Receive a competitive starting salary and full-time employment with participating companies, along with mentorship

  • Eligible individuals will receive a training allowance2 upon completion of training


  • Companies will be able to work more closely with the Polytechnics and ITE in designing a training programme that cater to specific job role required in the company
  • Recruit more effectively job-ready individuals equipped with the relevant skills and aptitude for the job

  • Receive a mentorship grant3 of $5,000 per individual placed in WLB to provide mentorship for the individual

2 For Singapore Citizens only, capped at $500 per month.

3 For every successfully placed WLB graduate who are Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents only.

How Does It Work


You will undergo a recruitment screening process to assess your suitability for the WLB, before you embark on an 8 to 12 weeks of institution-based training at the Polytechnics and ITE. You will acquire behavioural, mind-set and technical skills related to the specific job role that you are interested in so that you are well-equipped and ready to seek employment with a participating company upon completion of training. Mentors in the company will also be assigned to guide you and provide support in your continual skills development.


Participating employers are involved in curriculum development from the on-set to ensure that individuals are trained adequately for the specified job role. They can subsequently recruit these job- ready individuals.

For More Info

SkillsFuture Work-Learn Boot Camp

SkillsFuture Singapore
1 Marina Boulevard
#18-01 One Marina Boulevard
Singapore 018989

Last Modified Date: 02 Oct 2019