CHANGES IN FUNDING PROGRAMMES FOR TALENT ASSISTANCE SCHEME  

FAQ: IMDA Talent Assistance Specialised Training Grant
Cross Sector
Extracted from Six Degrees website

NOTICE TO ALL APPLICANTS :
 
CHANGES IN FUNDING PROGRAMMES FOR TALENT ASSISTANCE SCHEME  

In a recent review of IMDA’s talent development programmes for the industry, the following guidelines are to be applied to applications for Talent Assistance training grants:
 
Definition and Eligibility Criteria of Media Freelancers  

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  
 
Change in the Funding Quantum of Training Allowance for Media Freelancers  

From 1 June 2017, media freelancers (as defined above) would be eligible for IMDA’s Training Allowance of up to $6,500 per financial year (from 1 April to 31 March) when they take time to attend media training courses, locally or overseas, to upgrade their skills. The funding quantum per hour remains unchanged which is $7.50 per hour.  
 
Change in the Funding Quantum of Specialised Training Grants for Media Manpower
 
In addition, from 1 September 2017, media professionals working in companies registered as Media under the Singapore Standard Industrial Classification (SSIC), and media freelancers would receive funding of 90% course fee (excluding GST), up to $2,500 for each course they attend from the IMDA’s list of courses. There is no cap on the number of courses each individual can attend in a year.  
Furthermore, if they wish to attend short overseas specialist media courses not found in Singapore or for skills needed by the industry, they may apply for funding support defray part of the costs for the course fees, airfare and living expenses, capped at $15,000 per financial year (from 1 April to 31 March).  
 
For more information, please contact Six Degrees at grants@sixdegrees.asia  
 

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