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The programme is divided into two phases:

  • Phase 1 – Up to 6 months structured training integrated with short-term On- the-Job Training (OJT) in a partner company. Trainees will be required to complete a Capstone Project by the end of this phase.
  • Phase 2 – 6 months OJT with the same partner company.

Trainees co-fund the structured training cost through a reduced monthly stipend during Phase 1. There is no cash payment required from the trainees for the structured training. 

There will be tests or assignments for each module during Phase 1. Trainees must pass all modules and complete the Capstone Project by the end of Phase 1 before they can proceed to Phase 2. This is to ensure all Trainees have acquired the necessary skills needed to continue with the traineeship. 

Additional support such as refresher courses and re-assessment opportunities will be provided for Trainees who fail the modular tests. However, if the Trainee is unable to complete the re-assessments successfully, the traineeship will be terminated and full sponsorship costs and stipends paid will be recovered from the Trainee. 

The Capstone Project is designed to evaluate the Trainee’s progress and competencies acquired in Phase 1. It also ensures that the Trainee demonstrates a good understanding of the essential skills, core competencies, and technical translational abilities. The Trainee will be required to use his/her newly acquired skillsets to complete the project, guided by their mentors from partner companies or trainers from IHLs.

In Phase 2, Trainees will work full-time for a partner company. During the OJT, Trainees will be guided by a mentor from the partner company as they work on their designated project. Each mentor will set clear deliverables and follow a traineeship development plan for each Trainee.

Partner companies will assess the Trainees’ competencies on a regular (e.g. monthly/bi-monthly) basis and make necessary adjustments upon mutual feedback by the Trainee and the mentor. Progress reports of the Trainees will be shared with SGInnovate and the Trainees to facilitate learning and development. 

Shortlisted applicants may indicate their interest in specific partner companies under the specific PowerX track, e.g. Cybersecurity, Software & Product Development, or Robotics. This indication will be taken into consideration during the selection process. Partner companies will evaluate the application based on the applicant’s technical & cognitive assessment results, interview outcomes, etc. – to determine if the Trainee is suitable for the organisation. 

Trainees are strongly encouraged to remain in the same partner company during the entire programme for effective learning. Trainees are advised to consider a partner company’s projects, company culture and background before accepting their Letter of Offer (LOO) to be a part of the programme. This knowledge will ensure that the Trainees and the partner companies are aligned in expectations throughout the Programme. 

Trainees of the programme will receive a stipend of: 

  • S$3,400 a month during the structured training in Phase 1; and 
  • S$4,000 a month during the On-the-Job Training in Phase 2. 

During Phase 1, Trainees will be attending full-time structured training which is co- funded by trainees from their monthly stipends. The reduced stipend in Phase 1 signifies the Trainee’s payment for the training and commitment to acquire the necessary skills in preparation for their contribution to the partner company in Phase 2. There is no cash payment required from the trainees for the structured training. 

Trainees will receive their monthly stipend at the end of each month of training. Their partner company will make the payment of stipends. 

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