There are several means of funding available to our clients. These include

  • IMDA Specialised Training Grant
    (Applicable for Singaporeans and PR's who are working in the media industry or fresh media grads. Organisations can  tap on this funding to send staff for training but applications need to be made individually.)
  • IMDA Training Allowance 
    (Applicable for Singaporeans and PR's who are media freelancers . )
    Media freelancers can apply for the Specialised Training Grant AND the Training Allowance
  • Skillsfuture Funding 
    (S$ 500 per person per year)
  • NTUC UTAP Funding
    (for NTUC members)

IMDA Specialised Training Grant and
IMDA Training Allowance

Please note that freelancers can apply for both the Specialised Training Grant and Training allowance

Full time media employees can apply for only the IMDA Specialised Training Grant

The IMDA Specialised Training  grant is open to fresh media graduates and media manpower (employees and freelancers).

Grant qua​ntum

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.

Applications have to be made online on an individual basis but if your organisation is sending staff AV8 Media can work with the relevant HR personnel or department heads to help walk them through the process.

Full payment of the course fee must be made and the idividual or organisation will receive the claim after completing the post course survey and submitting some documents.

Media freelancers can apply for the Specialised Training Grant AND the Training Allowance ,detailed below . Full time employees of media companies can only apply for the 90% Specialised Training Grant.

The IMDA Training Allowance  grant is open to Singaporean and PR media freelancers only

Grant qua​ntum fo Training Allowance

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

Application procedure for IMDA funding

Applications need to be made at least 21 calendar days before the course start date.  Whether a company is a media company is partly determined by the SSIC code that the company is registered under.  You can check your organisations SSIC code listing in your ACRA Bizfile or you can search for it online here:

Some common media related SSIC Codes include :

SSIC Code Description of Activities
59112  Production of advertisements, corporate videos and event videos
59119  Motion picture, video, television and other programme production activities
59120  Motion picture, video, television and other programme post-production activities
59139     Motion picture, video, television and other programme distribution activities
59190   Other motion picture, video, television and programme related activities
60200 Television programming and broadcasting (including cable, satellite, terrestrial television, internet and mobile)
73100 Advertising Activities
58132 Publishing of journals, periodicals and magazines
58131 Publishing of newspapers

 Applications are administered by Six Degrees .

 Applicants are required to create a free basic account at for access to the application portal.  For queries, applicants can email or call 6338 3018.

Applicants can access the application form through the following steps:

- Log into your Six Degrees account.

- Click on the Resources tab.

- Click on “APPLY HERE: IMDA Talent Assistance” box.

All applications for T-Assist Specialised Training and Training Allowance must be personally submitted by the recipients of the grants.

NOTE: Before proceeding with the application:

Please download and complete the Resume Template using the IMDA standard form.

Please also have these documents ready to be submitted through the system.

1) NRIC (front and back in one file)

2) Standard resume using IMDA template format .You can download this as a .docx document here

3) Copy of CPF statement for the past 6 months

4) Whichever is applicable to you

   a. Full time employee: Letter of employment( with designation)  OR
   b. Full time freelancer: contract/invoice/receipt

5) Marketing material relating to the training programme (if any) . You can copy this from our website and save as a png, gif, jpg or pdf. Maximum file size 600KB)

6) Description of the programme, profile of the trainer, training institution and/or organiser, and course fee (for overseas courses, indicate if accommodation and meals are inclusive)

7) Expected outcomes of training and relevance to career

Please note that items 2,3 and 4 should be combined and formatted into a single document (File format in png, gif, jpg, doc, docx, pdf . Maximum file size 600KB)

Applicants are required to submit their applications at least 21 calendar days before commencement of the training courses,inclusive of weekends and public holidays.

Each applicant should create a free account at Sixdegrees and should fill in his or her own application.

The application should be submitted online here

Approval is subject to  Six Degrees and IMDA.

Skillsfuture Credit

Our courses have been submitted for Skillsfuture accreditiation and are in process.


What is UTAP?

UTAP is a training benefit for NTUC members to defray their cost of training. This benefit is to encourage more NTUC members to go for skills upgrading.

NTUC members enjoy 50% *unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP.

*Unfunded course fee refers to the balance course fee payable after applicable government subsidy. This excludes GST, registration fees, misc. fees etc.


WSQ Certificate in Workplace Safety & Health
(a) Full Course Fees (before Subsidy):     $2,000*
(b) Less Government Subsidy (e.g. 90%)     -$1,800
(c) Course Fee Payable (after Subsidy):     $200
(d) Less UTAP Funding (50% of Course Fee payable after Government Subsidy):     -$100
(e) You Pay:     $100
*course fees are only for illustration purposes and may be subjected to changes

Who can apply?

All NTUC members can apply for UTAP. However, the following criteria must be met to be eligible for UTAP:

  •     Paid-up NTUC membership before course commenced, throughout whole course duration and at the point of claim
  •     Course by training provider must be supported under UTAP, and training must commence within the supported period
  •     Course must not be fully funded through company sponsorship or other types of funding
  •     *Unfunded course fee must be S$20 and above
  •     You must achieve a minimum of 75% attendance for each application and sat for all prescribed examination(s), if any
  •     UTAP application must be submitted within 6 months after course completion

*Unfunded course fee refers to the balance course fee payable after applicable government subsidy. This excludes GST, registration fees, misc. fees etc.

How do I check my NTUC membership status?

You may check your NTUC membership status by calling our hotline at 6213 8008 and select the following options:

    Press 1 for member
    Provide your NRIC number
    Press 1 again to check your membership status

How to apply for UTAP?

Step 1: Click on 'Search Course' under the "Skills Upgrade Available" tab to find out if the course and training provider is supported under UTAP.

Step 2: Register for course with training provider and attend training. For course information and enrolment, please contact the training provider.

Step 3: Login to the U Portal account to submit the UTAP application. NTUC Members should apply for their UTAP claim within 6 months after course ends. Late applications will be rejected.

Useful Info

    To support your UTAP claim, you may be requested to submit a copy of your course certificate/tax invoice/statement of attendance via e-mail. Please ensure that you kept a copy of your supporting documents for audit checks when necessary.
    Before applying for UTAP, please ensure your training commences within the supported period. Application of UTAP on training that starts after the expiry date will be rejected.
    Only Ordinary Branch (OB), General Branch (GB) and OB/UCLUB members who are paying $117/year will be eligible.