In 2016, the Singaporean Government launched a national initiative called SkillsFuture. This is a government subsidy program for higher education, especially in tech or STEM-related fields, to help Singaporeans upskill and stay relevant for the changing world of work.
We’re proud to announce that RMIT Online has been selected by the Singaporean Government as an approved industry-relevant training provider for SkillsFuture.
What does that mean exactly? It means RMIT Online can now offer certain short courses to Singaporean students at a subsidised rate, backed up by Singapore-based mentors and global and local industry partners like Apple, Tigerspike and Accenture.
What is SkillsFuture?
SkillsFuture is a government-led initiative to kick-start Singaporean innovation and drive long-term industry growth. Every Singaporean citizen over 25 is entitled to S$500 for SkillShare-approved courses. Students can use these credits in local tertiary institutions, or spend them at third party, industry-relevant training programs, like RMIT Online’s Future Skills.
SkillsFuture aims to foster a nation-wide culture of lifelong learning, particularly in emerging tech fields that carry significant skills gaps: areas like Blockchain implementation, cyber security, data analytics and iOS coding. Blockchain alone is estimated to add AUD$244 billion in business value by 2025, and yet there are relatively few institutions offering dedicated Blockchain short courses (RMIT being one of them).
Which RMIT courses are part of the program?
There are three RMIT online short courses approved for SkillsFuture:
These are 100% online, developed with leading industry partners, and mentored by local and global experts.
Courses have been successfully running in Australia for the last 12 months, and student feedback has been consistently positive, with many pointing out the benefits of picking up tech skills as a mature-age student.
“My students wanted to move away from block-based coding and wanted to develop apps on a platform they had access to. I did not want them to be limited to my current knowledge and I wanted to show them that if you don’t know how to do something, just go and learn.” - Monique Green, Teacher. iOS App Development with Swift.
How do I enrol?
Enrolment for Singaporean students is simple. Check the relevant web pages to see when the next intake starts.
How do I claim SkillsFuture credit?
Singaporean students will receive S$500 towards these RMIT short courses by completing the following:
- Purchase the course using your own credit card or PayPal account. To ensure that you have picked an eligible course for SkillsFuture credit, check: www.skillsfuture.sg/credit
- You will be emailed a receipt from RMIT Online when you purchase the course - you will need to save this
- Claim from your own SkillsFuture Account
a) Login with SingPass on http://www.skillsfuture.sg/credit
b) Follow instructions to submit claim from SkillsFuture portal
- Wait for 7 to 14 days for the claim to be processed and deposited into your bank account that is linked to your SingPass
There is a full online FAQ for students which details how to claim your SkillsFuture credit.