Learning is a lifelong journey that knows no boundaries and SkillsFuture is committed to helping every Singaporean continue learning to help others and contribute to society. Some people have called skills the global currency of the 21st century and SkillsFuture has a noble goal of helping to build a better future for Singapore and Singaporeans.

All Singaporeans aged 25 and above would have received an opening credit of S$500 from January 2016. These credits will not expire and the government will provide periodic top-ups, so you may accumulate your credit. The credits can be used on top of existing government course subsidies to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses.

If you’re worried that the approved courses are limited to drab things like “Microsoft Excel for Beginners” or “Chess for Dummies”, you’d be amazed that there are actually some pretty cool courses available! Here are some of our favourites!

Alternatively, you can head directly to the SkillsFuture Credit Course Directory and search for all of the courses that are SkillsFuture Credit eligible.

Skillsfuture course directory

1) Learn how to be a barista

Barista

If you’ve always quietly observed the barista at your favourite coffee place tinkering with the machines and wondering what goes on behind the counter, this course was created for you. Mingle with other coffeeholics as you learn about the different types of coffee beans and the various techniques to extract espresso. You will even be awarded a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course. Impress your family and friends with your knowledge on coffee the next time you’re enjoying an aromatic cuppa!

More details here:

Venue: Republic Polytechnic, 9 Woodlands Ave 9, Singapore 738964
Details: 7 hours (inclusive of 1-hour lunch, timings TBC). Conducted in English
Tel: +65 6510 3000 (Weekdays, 8am – 6pm)
Email: one-stop@rp.edu.sg
Web: http://www.rp.edu.sg/

2) Learn how to fly

Drone

Before you put on your aviator shades a la Tom Cruise in Top Gun, this course is actually a Basic Drone Pilot course. Don’t be too quick to dismiss this suggestion and ask us to go fly a kite, as there are actually regulations in place for safety and privacy purposes. In this course conducted by SkillHQ Academy, you can learn about these regulations, the types of drones, drone components, handling the flight control board and hands-on flying of an actual drone (DJI Phantom 4). The popularity of drones has taken flight in recent times with GoPro releasing the Karma drone and DJI releasing the higher-end Mavic Pro and consumer-focused Spark. If you think you might be getting one, why not give this course a shot.

More details here:

Venue: SkillsHQ Academy, 8 Boon Lay Way, #05-15, Tradehub 21, Singapore 609964
Details: 9 hours (9.00am to 6.00pm on weekends). Conducted in English
Tel: + 65 6563 2176
Email: info@skillshq.sg
Web: www.skillshq.sg

3) Learn to mix your own soundtrack

dj

If nothing gets you quite as excited as bopping to sick beats, why not try your hand at creating your own music mix? This workshop will introduce you to the basics of DJing culture and techniques. You’ll also get to try mixing 2 songs using Serato DJ, a music mixing software.

More details here:

Venue: Ministry of DJ, Canvas Club, 20 Upper Circular Road #B1-01/06, Singapore 058413
Details: 9 hours. Conducted in English

4) Learn about urban farming

Urban Farming

Despite being so urbanised, Singapore is still widely known as a Garden City. This makes it the perfect backdrop to explore the various types of urban farming. Conducted by The Living Centre, these 1-day courses on edible farming focuses on growing fruits, leafy vegetables or herbs and spices successfully in Singapore. There’s even a specific course on growing leafy vegetables using hydroponics technology – talk about high tech!

More details here:

Venue: World Farm, 15 Bah Soon Pah Rd, Singapore 769962
Details: 7 hours (9.00am to 5.00pm on Saturdays). Conducted in English
Includes: Basic hydroponics kit for the hydroponics course
Tel: +65 9855 5731
Email: contact@thelivingcentre.sg
Web: https://www.thelivingcentre.sg/

5) Learn the basics of applying makeup

makeup

The world of makeup is an extensive and exciting one, though it can be intimidating for beginners. What exactly is the difference between contour and bronzer? Do you really need that many powders for your face? Perhaps you’re just starting to dip your toes into the world of makeup, or maybe you would just like to amp up your daily makeup game. Explore the basic tools and application techniques for creating natural makeup looks in this workshop. You can even practise creating wearable looks for yourself!

More details here:

Venue: Continuing Training Dept, 2 Ang Mo Kio Drive, Singapore 567720
Details: 7 hours (9.00am to 5.00pm on Saturdays). Conducted in English
Tel: 1800-2255 483
Email: cnt@ite.edu.sg
Web: http://www.ite.edu.sg/wps/portal/pts.sc

6) Learn to bake artisanal sourdough bread

artisan sourdough bread

Sourdough bread has made a name for itself in Singapore thanks to cafe culture. Learn how to make your own so you can indulge in a good loaf of crusty, hearty sourdough bread any time the craving strikes. Practise the proper method of folding instead of kneading dough in order to recreate the unique texture of sourdough bread. You’ll also learn all about the different facets of baking processes!

More details here:

Duration: 5 hours
Details: Conducted in English.
This is an online course. It includes 4 hours on-demand video, 28 articles, 6 supplemental resources, full lifetime access and more.

7) Learn about gemstones, diamonds and jadeite

Diamond

Conducted by the Far East Gemological Institute, these 3 separate courses are 1-day (7-hour long) fundamental workshops that give an overview and basic hands-on experience of the materials mentioned above. With well equipped classrooms full of gemological equipment and experienced facilitators, you can set off on a journey into the fascinating (and might we mention expensive) world of gemology.

More details here:

Venue: Far East Gemological Institute, 12 Arumugam Road, #04-02 LTC Building B, Singapore 409958
Details: 7 hours (9.30am to 5.00pm inclusive of 1-hour lunch break). Conducted in English
Tel: +65 6745 8542
Fax: +65 6745 2562
Email: info@gem.com.sg
Web: http://fareastgem.institute/

8) Learn to make your own clothes

jacket sewing

It can be tricky to find the perfect fit for outerwear – too big and you’ll look unpolished and slouchy, too small and you’ll be wriggling in your jacket all day. If you’re interested in learning to make a customised jacket for yourself, this workshop is for you. Don’t worry if you don’t know the first thing about sewing and patterns, you’ll be able to make all your own jackets after a week of lessons.

More details here:

Venues:

Central Plaza #14-06
298 Tiong Bahru Road Singapore 168730

Thye Hong Centre #02-09
2 Leng Kee Road Singapore 159086

Details: 6 days (44 hours), Conducted in English
Tel: +65 3157 6111
Email: enquiry@taftc.org

How to claim SkillsFuture Credit?

1. Go to the SkillsFuture Credit portal and select “Submit A Claim

skillsfuture credit portal

2. Select your course by searching by “Course” or “Training Provider“. A dropdown list should appear if your chosen course is eligble.

skillsfuture credit claim

3.  Input the Course details, and most importantly, attach the Supporting Documents (e.g official receipt, invoice or other proof of purchase) and input your Bank Details.skillsfuture credit claim

4. Submit and check back to the portal to see if your claim has been approved!

There are over 20535 courses that are listed in the SkillsFuture course directory, covering a myriad of topics, industries and skill levels. Fortunately, there is a handy filter that you can use to narrow down your selection. Share this with your friends and embark on a learning journey today!

This article was written by Damian Tan and Poon Yunxuan

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