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MyCareersFuture.SG

February 8, 2018

Welcome to MyCareersFuture.SG, a career development and resources system with extensions to Jobs Bank for job applications, as well as related recommendation services. The MyCareersFuture.SG website and services are provided by Workforce Singapore Agency.

The newest government initiative to help Singaporeans with a smarter way to find jobs. You can now search for jobs based on your skills, discover suitable jobs you might not have considered before, or find jobs with government support.

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Fee hikes for polytechnics and ITE next year

December 12, 2017

ST paper, 12 Dec 2017, Higher tuition fees for students joining polytechnics and ITE next year

Tuition fees for students entering the polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) next year (2018) will go up by between 3 per cent and 7 per cent.

The revised fees, which were posted on the schools’ websites on Monday (Dec 11), apply only to newcomers in the 2018 academic year. The polytechnics’ term starts in April, while ITE has two intakes in January and April.

How to dispose your SAF personal equipment after completion of NS liability?

December 12, 2017

You may return the items to any SAF.eMart outlet or to the following addresses:

a. Address:
GEMC – Army Logistics Base
601 Old Choa Chu Kang Road
Singapore 699817
Contact: 6389-6380/ 6389-6381

b. SAF Emarts
i. Army Zonal SAF Emarts
ii. Flexi SAF Emarts

ns.sg FAQ

List of helplines

November 28, 2017

National Council of Social Service (NCSS)
Download List of Helplines (PDF).
Download Assistance Schemes (PDF).
Download Mental Health Services Resource Directory (PDF)

 

Helplines

Shan You Counselling Centre: 6741-9293/6741-0078 (Mandarin counselling)

Institute of Mental Health: 6389-2222

Singapore Association for Mental Health: 1800-283-7019

Care Corner Counselling Centre: 6353-1180

 

Some helplines which are useful for parents and teenagers looking for some expert advice:

  • Child Protection and Welfare Services (MSF): For reporting of child abuse – 1800-777 0000
  • Samaritans of Singapore (SOS): Provides emotional support to those who are in despair or distressed – 1800-221-4444
  • YouthlineChampions youth causes – 6336-3434
  • Pregnancy Crisis ServiceUnwed teenagers who face unplanned, unwanted pregnancies can call for help – 6339-9770
  • Teen Challenge: Provides faith-based and community-based programmes and services – 1800-829-2222
  • Touchline: Provides counselling to troubled teens and youth 1800-377-2252
  • eCounselling Centre (eC2): An online facility offering free counselling to youth – 6787 1125
  • MeToYou Cyber Care: A cyber wellness programme for youth aged 12-18 years old – 6274 6904 / 9173 1766 
  • Tinkle FriendFor primary school students, especially children who are alone at home, who need someone to chat with or discuss problems with – 1800-2744 788 

School fees for foreigners, PRs to increase from 2018

October 18, 2017

TODAY, 17 Oct 2017, School fees for foreigners, PRs to increase from 2018

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The MOE also said there are currently no plans to adjust school fees for Singapore citizens. Singaporeans pay no school fees in primary school, but pay S$5 and S$6 monthly in secondary school and pre-university, respectively.

For some non-citizen parents who send their children to public schools, the higher school fees will be financially taxing, but most also noted that while the gap was narrowing, school fees international schools charge are still much higher — these range from around S$20,000 to S$35,000 a year.

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For instance, Dover Court International School Singapore charges S$25,200 annually – or S$2,100 monthly – for upper primary students, whereas the Australian International School charges S$33,646 annually – or S$2,804 monthly – for elementary school students.

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TODAY had also reported that figures from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) show as of end-August, there were about 76,000 international students on Student’s Pass who are enrolled in private and government-run schools and institutions, including the polytechnics and universities in Singapore. In 2008, the number stood at close to 100,000, previous reports stated. The ICA issues the Student’s Pass for foreigners applying to study here.

Asked previously whether the ministry had turned away more applicants in the last few years and about the intake of foreign students, MOE would only say international students form about 5 per cent of the total student population in the last few years.

Renovation contractors required to give notice for noisy works

September 24, 2017

ST Paper, 6 Aug 2017, Renovation contractors required to give notice for noisy works

We thank Mrs Joy Chan Jing Jing for her letter (Give advance notice for HDB renovation; Forum Online, July 28).

The HDB recognises that renovation works can cause disamenities to surrounding residents, and have put in place several measures to minimise inconvenience.

Flat owners are required to engage only contractors who are permitted to renovate HDB flats.

Their appointed contractor must obtain a permit from the HDB before carrying out the renovations in the flat.

A Notice of Renovation must be prominently displayed at the entrance of the flat before the renovation work begins, and remain displayed throughout the approved renovation period.

If the renovations involve noisy works such as the hacking of walls or tiles, the renovation contractor is also required to give written notice to the immediate neighbouring units (on the same storey as well as those above and below the unit) at least three days before work commences.

To minimise inconvenience to residents, such noisy works must be completed within three days – these works should be carried out only between 9am and 5pm, and are not allowed on Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and the eve of major public holidays.

Residents who encounter renovation contractors who do not comply with the requirements can report them to the HDB via our Branch Service Line on 1800-225-5432 or the Essential Maintenance Service Unit after office hours.

The HDB will investigate and take necessary action against the errant renovation contractors.

In our high-rise and high-density society, a certain degree of noise is inevitable in our daily life.

We seek the cooperation of flat owners to abide by the guidelines in carrying out their home renovation, and for their neighbours to bear with the temporary inconvenience. A closer understanding and tolerance of each other will go a long way towards achieving a pleasant living environment.

Michelle Ng Chwee Geok (Ms)

Director (Housing Maintenance)

Housing & Development Board

Several ways to check on fund-raisers

September 24, 2017

ST Paper,  1 Aug 2017, Several ways to check on fund-raisers

We thank Mr Sim Ghee Choon for the suggestions in his letter (Make it easier to check on fund-raisers; Forum Online, July 12).

The Collector’s Certificate of Authority issued by the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and the Singapore Police Force (SPF) includes a QR code.

Members of the public can check if the fund-raiser has a valid House to House and Street Collections Licence by scanning the code with a smartphone.

The Office of the Commissioner of Charities is working on incorporating the QR code function in all permits issued for fund-raising appeals.

Apart from the QR code verification method, members of the public can also use the following methods to verify the authenticity of the collections when being approached by collectors:

•Send a query via SMS to 79777 using the following format: “FR”

•Perform a search using the online fund-raising permit search facility via the Charity Portal (https://www.charities.gov.sg), NCSS website or SPF website

•Use the Police@SG smartphone application. (Download the Police@SG application, and go to “More Links” to access the Charities and Fund-Raising search engine of the Charity Portal)

Sim Hui Ting (Ms)

Deputy Commissioner of Charities

E-bike owners must register and install number plates

August 3, 2017

TODAY Paper, 2 Aug 2017, E-bike owners must register and install number plates

SINGAPORE — Electric bicycle owners will have to register their vehicles between Aug 14 and Jan 31, 2018 and install number plates, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced on Wednesday (Aug 2).

After registering, owners will have three days to attach a number plate with the assigned registration number on the back of their bikes.

The plates must feature black characters against a yellow background or white characters against a black background, the authority stipulated.

E-bicycles with a valid blue or orange LTA seal can be registered at www.onemotoring.com.sg using one’s SingPass, CorpPass or Easy account, or at any SingPost branch. The S$50 registration fee will be waived for e-bikes that obtain seals before Aug 14 and that are registered by Nov 30.

E-bikes without an LTA seal must be sent to the authority’s authorised centres — Vicom Inspection Centres at Sin Ming, Bukit Batok or Kaki Bukit, and STA Inspection Centres at Sin Ming and Boon Lay — for inspection, approval and the seal to be affixed.

Only e-bikes that meet the latest technical requirements set by the authorities will receive an orange LTA seal. Owners can register their e-bikes at the same time by paying the S$50 registration fee, alongside other charges for affixing the LTA seal.

From Feb 1 next year, only e-bikes with the orange LTA seal can be registered. Vehicles with the blue LTA seal (approved under old technical requirements) cannot be registered.

Users caught riding an unregistered e-bike on public roads and paths can be fined up to S$2,000 and jailed for up to three months for a first offence. Users of e-bikes without a valid number plate can be fined up to S$1,000 and jailed up to three months on first conviction.

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Under the mandatory e-bike registration scheme, owners who sell their vehicles must transfer the registration within seven days of handing over the e-bike via www.onemotoring.com.sg. A fee of S$11 is applicable.

Users or retailers of non-compliant e-bikes may be fined up to S$5,000 and jailed up to three months, for their first offence. The e-bike could also be seized.

onemotoring.com.sg – motorised_bicycles

Use Case’s model agreement to deal with contractors

July 22, 2017

ST Paper, 19 May 2017, Use Case’s model agreement to deal with contractors

We thank Mr Kong Peng Sun for his feedback (Unfair renovation contracts hurt home owners; May 11).

The Consumers Association of Singapore (Case) frowns on the practice of renovation contractors asking consumers to pay a substantial advance deposit before the work begins.

From 2014 to 2016, Case received at least 713 complaints in which renovation works were delayed or stopped halfway.

Most of the consumers who were affected by such delays were those who had paid at least 80 per cent of the contractual value. This is clearly unacceptable.

Consumers are advised to ask renovation contractors to commit in writing to the payment schedule as well as the key project milestones and deliverables, with completion dates clearly documented, and pay accordingly.

Consumers should also not pay a large deposit upfront.

In this way, they can limit their losses should the contractor delay or stop work. It will also be helpful should there be a subsequent dispute.

We also encourage consumers to use our model agreement on home renovation, which can be downloaded from our website (https://www.case.org.sg/pdf/model_renovation.pdf).

It provides fair guidelines for consumers to negotiate terms with contractors.

Samples of a payment schedule with key project milestones and deliverables can also be found in the model agreement.

When choosing a renovation contractor, consumers should consider a contractor under the CaseTrust accreditation scheme for better protection and faster resolution of issues, if any.

Lim Biow Chuan
President
Consumers Association of Singapore (Case)

Other funds available for younger S’poreans who want skills training

July 22, 2017

ST Paper, 13 May 2017, Other funds available for younger S’poreans who want skills training

We thank Mr Lionel Loi Zhi Rui for his feedback on the eligibility for the use of SkillsFuture Credit (Extend SkillsFuture Credit to younger S’poreans too; April 29).

Launched in January last year, SkillsFuture Credit aims to support Singaporeans pursuing skills or working at improving them.

It is for Singaporeans aged 25 and above as it is targeted at those who have completed their full-time education and are transitioning into or have joined the workforce.

Singaporeans below that age can tap their Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) to support their learning needs.

The PSEA can be used to offset the fees and charges for a wide range of courses. The list of approved programmes is at moe.gov.sg/education/post-secondary

They are also eligible for course fee funding on courses approved by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG).

More information can be found at ssg.gov.sg/course-fee-funding

Individuals with further feedback or inquiries can contact SSG via our feedback portal https://portal.ssg-wsg.gov.sg or on 6785-5785.

Patricia Woo (Ms)
Director
Corporate and Marketing Communications Division
SkillsFuture Singapore