SINGAPORE: Administrative processes have been simplified for private schools offering Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) training courses and other certifiable courses, SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) said.
Starting Wednesday (Nov 2), these Private Education Institutions will only need to submit one application via SkillsConnect to obtain both course permission and funding. Their registration fees will also be standardised with the new WSQ Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) to S$535.
As a result, new schools applying to become a WSQ ATO will only need to pay a single fee, translating to a fee reduction of S$400, SSG said. The renewal registration fee for existing institutions that are WSQ ATOs will also be waived, it added.
Previously, private schools that offer such courses were required to pay S$20 for each course permission application and S$20 for each teacher notification.
For new and existing institutions that do not offer WSQ programmes, they will continue to apply for registration and renewal of their registration via LicenceOne. SSG said the revised registration fee and renewal fee are now S$535 each.
“Now that the Committee for Private Education is part of SkillsFuture Singapore, we aim to make it as seamless as possible for private education institutions that require different types of approval from the new statutory board,” said SSG chief executive Ng Cher Pong.
“The streamlined process is the first step in our efforts to harmonise our processes and reduce the administrative burden for (them),” he added.