UTAP is a training benefit for NTUC members that helps to minimize training costs. This incentive is intended to encourage more NTUC members to embrace skill development.
When you sign up for Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP) supported courses, NTUC members receive 50% *unfunded course cost support for up to $250 per year. For courses taken between 1 July 2020 and 31 December 2022, NTUC members aged 40 and above can get higher funding support of up to $500 per individual per year, capped at 50% of *unfunded course expenses.
*Unfunded course fee refers to the balance course fee payable after applicable government subsidies. This excludes material fees, registration fees, misc. fees etc.
Who can Apply?
UTAP is open to all NTUC members. To be qualified for UTAP, however, the following criteria must be met:
- Paid-up NTUC membership prior to the start of the course, throughout the course, and at the point of claim
- Under UTAP, training must begin during the supported period.
- The course cannot be completely sponsored through company sponsorship or other means.
- For each application, you must have a minimum of 75% attendance and have taken all compulsory examinations, if any.
- The UTAP application must be filed within six months of the completion of the course.
You may be required to e-mail a copy of your course certificate, tax invoice, tax receipt, or statement of attendance to support your UTAP claim. Keep a copy of your supporting documentation on hand in case an audit is required.
Please make sure that your training commences within the supported time before applying for UTAP. UTAP applications for training that begins after the expiration date will be denied.
Only members of the Ordinary Branch (OB), General Branch (GB), and OB/UCLUB who pay $117 per year will be eligible.
From 19 June 2020, NTUC Union Members aged 40 years and above will now get a one time top-up of $250 to their existing UTAP balance. This group of members can now enjoy higher funding support up to $500 per individual each year, capped at 50% of unfunded course fees, for courses attended between 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2022. There is no change for members below 40 years old. They continue to enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year when they sign up for courses supported under UTAP.
*Applicants must pay for the full course fee first. After the course is completed, applicants must log in to the U Portal account to submit their UTAP application, within 6 months after course commences.
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.
The following ISA courses are supported under UTAP: