Frequently Asked Questions
What is the PCP?
The Professional Conversion Programmes (PCPs) are career conversion programmes targeted at Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians (PMETs), including mid-career switchers, to undergo skills conversion and move into new occupations or sectors that have good prospects and opportunities for progression.
Who is the PCP for?
The PCP is a Hire-and-Train programme. A candidate must be newly hired (not more than 3 months at the start of the PCP) by an employer before the employer enrols the candidate into the PCP to undergo training to take on the new job role. The candidate must be a Singapore citizen or Permanent Resident of 21 years or older, and must be a graduate with minimum of 2 years full-time working experience and national service completion for males. Non graduate candidates must have minimum of 5 years full-time working experience and national service completion for males.
How much is the cost of the PCP as I am interested to attend and pay for the courses on my own.
The PCP is only for candidates that are newly hired by an employer. The employer will enrol the candidate into the PCP and candidates need not pay for the course fees. Candidates have to be hired by an employer before joining the PCP.
Can I pay and attend the courses under the PCP if I do not have an employer?
The PCP is for candidates hired by an employer to undergo skills conversion. ISS has a range of modular courses in Analytics and Intelligent Systems and StackUp - Startup Tech Talent Development disciplines for participants interested in enrolling in these courses on their own.
Can I get my employer to enrol me into the PCP if I have worked with my employer for more than 3 months?
There is a requirement by Workforce Singapore (WSG) that the candidate must be new hire of 3 months or less at start of programme. However, your employer can enrol you into the ISS modular courses in Analytics and Intelligent Systems and StackUp - Startup Tech Talent Development disciplines to enjoy the same amount of course fee grants.
How do I find an employer to hire and enrol me into the PCP?
Candidates can deposit their resume with ISS for job matching with potential employers. By depositing their resume with ISS, candidates agree that their personal information will be shared with potential employers without requiring additional consent. ISS and/or the potential employer will contact candidates if you are shortlisted.
We regret to inform that only shortlisted candidates will be invited for subsequent job matching with potential employers. Candidates who do not hear from ISS within one month should explore alternative career conversion programmes with other providers.
Candidates should also be proactive in finding an employer. If you meet any potential employer that expresses an interest to hire you, please inform ISS so that we can get in touch with the employer to explain the PCP process
What is the ISS selection criteria for candidates?
It is not our policy to disclose the selection criteria. However, candidates who are currently employed will not be given priority as they should upgrade their skills in their jobs and can consider enrolling into the ISS modular courses in Analytics and Intelligent Systems and StackUp - Startup Tech Talent Development disciplines.
Should I resign from my job if I intend to make a career switch?
No. Based on government statistics and employers' feedback, candidates face a tougher time to be hired again the longer they stay unemployed. Candidates are advised to upgrade their skills in their current job and can consider enrolling into the ISS modular courses in Analytics and Intelligent Systems and StackUp - Startup Tech Talent Development disciplines.
Does ISS have a list of employers interested in hiring under the PCP?
It is not our policy to disclose the names of employers. However candidates that are shortlisted by ISS will get the opportunity to meet up with the potential employers when we organise career events.
What is the estimated salary of candidates hired by employers under the PCP?
The salary will depend on the candidate’s skill and experience and based on the employer’s remuneration policy.
What will happen to my pay with my employer after the end of the PCP funding?
As the candidate is hired as a full time staff, the pay will remain the same after the end of the PCP funding.
What criteria does an employer need to fulfil to hire a candidate under the PCP?
The company must be registered or incorporated in Singapore and be committed to work with ISS on the necessary administrative matters related to the programme.
What criteria does an employer need to fulfil to enrol a candidate into the PCP?
The employer has to hire the candidate (not more than 3 months at the start of the PCP) as a full time staff (not on short-term contract, internship or part time basis) and the job role must involve data analytics or software development. Some examples include Finance Analyst, Human Resource Analyst, Marketing Analyst, Operations Analyst, Full Stack Developer, Software Engineer etc. The employer must also inform ISS of their plan to recruit the staff for PCP before hiring.
Can an employer enrol a staff who has been hired for more than 3 months into the PCP?
No. There is a requirement by WSG that the candidate must be new hire of 3 months or less at start of programme. However, an employer can enrol their staff into the ISS modular courses in Analytics and Intelligent Systems and StackUp - Startup Tech Talent Development disciplines to enjoy the same amount of course fee grants.
Can a business owner enrol oneself into the PCP?
No. The PCP is only for candidates that are newly hired by an employer. Business owners are not eligible for the PCP.
What is the duration of the PCP?
The PCP will be conducted via continuous classroom training (full time during weekday office hours and length varies according to PCP) and 4 months of practicum and mentoring. There is no evening or weekend training.
How does the practicum work?
As the candidate is hired as a full time staff, the 4-month practicum and mentoring will be commence when the staff returns to the employer after the training. The employer would have already agreed to the 4-month practicum and mentoring plan before enrolment of the staff into the PCP.
What are the fees, funding and salary support that an employer needs to know?
Please click on the links for the employer fees, funding and salary support:
PCP for Data Analyst fees
PCP for Full Stack Software Developer fees