What Is It

Unveiled in June 2012, the Progressive Wage Model (PWM) was spearheaded by the Labour Movement to enable workers to achieve sustainable wage increases through better skills and higher productivity. The PWM is based on the key objectives of helping Singaporean workers climb the four ladders of skills upgrading, productivity improvement, career advancement and wage progression. In addition, it aims to help companies make better use of and retain manpower, as well as enhance the Singaporean Core.

NTUC’s union clusters work with their respective tripartite partners to map out a PWM for their related industries. Thus far, the PWM has been implemented in seven NTUC union clusters:

  1. Hospitality and Consumer business (Hotel, Retail and Food Services sectors)
  2. Building and Facility Management (Cleaning, Security and Landscape sectors)
  3. Transport and Logistics
  4. Healthcare
  5. Education
  6. Marine Engineering
  7. OPEC

Who Is It For

PWM is for all levels of workers, from low-wage workers, rank-and-file workers to Professionals, Managers and Executives (PMEs).

To further help low-wage workers improve their lot, the PWM has also been included as a licensing requirement in the cleaning and security industries, as well as a mandatory condition for landscape companies who want to be registered under the industry’s government register.


What Is It

The NTUC Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP) is an individual skills upgrading account especially for NTUC members.

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

Note: On top of UTAP for NTUC members, Singaporeans can also use SkillsFuture Credit to defray their costs of training and skills upgrading.

NTUC Members can use UTAP and SkillsFuture Credit to defray training costs:

You wish to take up training to make career progression:
  WSQ Certificate in Workplace Safety & Health WSQ Advanced Certificate in Workplace Safety & Health
Full Course Fees: $2,600* $4,100*
Government Subsidy: -$2,340 -$3,690
Course Fee Payable: $260 $410
UTAP Funding: $130 $205
SkillsFuture Credit: $130 $205
You Pay: $0 $0
*course fees are only for illustration purposes and may be subjected to changes


Who Is Eligible

All NTUC union members.


Better Workplaces,Building A Career11 May 2017
Better Workplaces11 May 2017