SGUnited Traineeships: The pros, the cons, and the bottom line

Updated: Sep 15

As part of the COVID-19 response, traineeships under the SGUnited initiative aim to help the graduates and mid-career individuals of the pandemic-era tide stay employable in the gloomy economic climate. Is it truly the silver lining for jobseekers amidst the crisis?



Updates from Budget 2021


The government recently announced the extension of the SGUnited Traineeships (SGUT) Programme and SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme in the 2021 Budget Address.


Graduates in the calendar year 2019 to 2021, can look forward to up to 35,000 traineeship and training opportunities. Meanwhile, 14,500 traineeships and full-time training positions will be available for those who qualify for the mid-career category.


What is a Traineeship in the context of SGUnited Jobs and Skills?


Before the pandemic, the concept of traineeships was not as widely adopted in Singapore. We are more acquainted with internships. Though there are slight nuances that differentiate the two around the world, by definition, they serve the same purpose.


A traineeship is designed to help young people who may not have the relevant work experiences become work-ready through skills training from job attachments. The objective is to curb a “chicken-and-egg” problem that most graduates face: they want to gain relevant skill sets through meaningful employment, yet they could not secure such opportunities due to the lack of their work experiences.


The term runs under a slightly different meaning for traineeships launched under SGUnited.


What is SGUnited Traineeship

As an initiative that was triggered solely in response to COVID-19, traineeships launched under SGUnited are primarily centered around a dual focus: Firstly, to help recent graduates and mid-career individuals affected by the pandem