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Since our digital services were upgraded in August 2017, companies now need a valid CorpPass account to login to STPNet. Click here to refer to a step-by-step guide to register for a CorpPass account.

Companies who are interested to offer structured On-the-Job (OJT) training and mentorship to fresh graduates from Polytechnics or Institute of Technical Education (ITE) may wish to look into the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme (ELP). Click here for more information on ELP.

SME Talent Programme

Looking to build a strong talent pipeline for your next phase of growth? The SME Talent Programme (STP) seeks to support SMEs looking to expand their talent pool through quality internships. If you are keen to hire more interns as part of your recruitment strategy, do read on!


SME Talent Programme (STP) at a Glance

The SME Talent Programme (STP) helps local SMEs attract talent from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Polytechnics and Universities, through structured and meaningful internships.

SPRING will partner appointed Approved-in-Principle (AIP) partners as key managing agents of the programme, assisting participating SMEs across industries to engage the students through local Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs).

A summary of the programme and funding support is available in the factsheet here (pdf, 257KB).



(1) SMEs’ Eligibility Criteria

  • At least 30% local shareholding
  • Group annual turnover of not more than S$100 million OR group employment size of not more than 200 workers
  • Offer career opportunities with a clear job description and career progression path
  • Possess sound Human Resource processes
  • Willing to participate in SPRING’s Human Resource Maturity Diagnostics (HRMD)

(2) Students' Eligibility Criteria

  • A Singaporean or a Singapore Permanent Resident who is a full-time student in an ITE, Polytechnic or University
  • Keen interest to gain hands-on experience/start careers in local SMEs

Programme Coverage

(1) For SMEs

SMEs can offer internship opportunities to local students from ITE, Polytechnics and Universities by:

  • Providing a structured and meaningful internship experience
  • Offering interns a monthly internship stipend that meets the STP requirements ($1,000 for university students; $800 for Polytechnic and ITE students)

*Tip: Engaging a SkillsFuture SME Mentor to support your supervisors will ensure a positive internship experience for students.

(2) For Students

Students will be able to obtain:

  • Structured internship and mentorship opportunity
  • Attractive monthly internship stipend

Funding Support

SMEs are eligible for up to 70% funding support covering the internship stipend:

  • Minimum $800 monthly allowance for ITE and Polytechnic students
  • Minimum $1000 monthly allowance for University students

Contact Details (STP AIP Partners)

SPRING has appointed the following Approved-in-Principle (AIP) partners for this programme. The STP AIP partners will assess and qualify SMEs who are keen to participate in STP, and will play an active role in matching suitable student interns to approved SMEs.

The STP AIP Partners may be contacted for more information about the programme, eligibility and application process.

STP AIP Partner Contact Number Email address / Address
Action Community for Entrepreneurship - Email:

79 Ayer Rajah Crescent
JTC Launchpad@one-north
#01-13 Singapore 139955
Attn: Zack Li, SME Talent Programme

Association of Small and Medium Enterprises 6513 0354 Email:

167 Jalan Bukit Merah
Connection One Tower 4
Singapore 150167
Attn: Ng Jingyan, SME Talent Programme

Restaurant Association of Singapore 6479 7723 Email:

2985 Jalan Bukit Merah
Singapore 159457
Attn: Adelyn Choo, SME Talent Programme

Singapore Food Manufacturers’ Association 6221 2438 Email:

9 Jurong Town Hall Road,
Singapore 609431
Attn: Max Hu, SME Talent Programme

Singapore Manufacturing Federation 6826 3141 Email:

2985 Jalan Bukit Merah
Singapore 159457
Attn: Alex Wong, SME Talent Programme

Singapore Retailers Association 6360 0192 Email:

1 Coleman Street, #05-11B,
The Adelphi
Singapore 179803
Attn: Sean Lee, SME Talent Programme

SGTech 6653 8827 Email:

79 Ayer Rajah Crescent,
Singapore 139955
Attn: Wong Shee Min, SME Talent Programme


SMEs' Application Process

To apply for STP (Internships), companies would need to go through a 2-phase application process:

Phase 1: Application to be an Approved Company on STP

STP Apply Process Phase 1

Step 1: Create an account on STPNet

  • Create an account using your CorpPass login
  • Please ensure that you have authorised the relevant personnel to perform transactions on STPNet on CorpPass

Step 2: Complete STP company application and upload supporting documents

  • Please prepare the following mandatory documents before you proceed:
    • ACRA (within 6 months)
    • Latest Financial Statements (within 18 months)
  • Complete the full STP company application form
    • Company details (i.e. Company Description, Group Employment Size, Holding Company and Subsidiaries Details)
    • Details of company’s HR processes
  • Select a suitable STP partner of your choice
  • Attach required documents

Step 3: Receive an email confirmation on the outcome of your application

  • Upon successful application, you will receive an email informing you that your company is now approved under STP
  • You will now be eligible to apply for STP Internship grant support for the approved period
    • Click here for a detailed step-by-step guide to apply to be a STP approved company

Step 4: Obtain Internship Placement

  • Contact the relevant Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL) for an internship placement
    • Click here for a compiled listing of IHL contact points for internship placements

Phase 2: Application for STP Internship Grant

STP Apply Process Phase 2

Step 1: Prepare all the necessary supporting documents (at least 7 working days before internship commencement date) for each intern before you proceed (documents are to be in PDF, DOC, XLS, XLSX formats for upload to STPNet):

  • A Copy of the Internship Placement Letter/Email (issued by the school) with the following details:
    • Company Name
    • Intern’s Name and NRIC
    • Internship duration (Including start and end date)
    • Internship monthly stipend aligned to STP (Internship) terms (Minimum $800 per month for ITE and polytechnic students and minimum $1,000 per month for university students)
  • Copy of the NRIC (front and back) of each intern
  • Intern’s year of study and current semester
  • Intern’s contact number and email address

Step 2: Log in to STPNet via your CorpPass account

Step 3: Complete student internship application and upload supporting documents

  • Please ensure that all the required supporting documents and details are included in your application to avoid delays
    • Click here for the Quick User Guide on how to make an internship application on STPNet.

Step 4: Acceptance of Letter of Offer (LOF)

  • If your internship placement is approved, you will receive a notification email with a Letter of Offer (LOF) attached
  • Log in to STPNet and accept the LOF if you are agreeable to the terms and conditions of the internship offer. Please print the confirmation receipt for your future reference.
  • Please inform your interns in advance that they would need to obtain their SingPass account details in order to login to the joinsme portal to complete an online student feedback by the end of the internship. You are to ensure that each intern completes the online student feedback form by the end of the internship otherwise you WILL NOT be able to submit your STP internship claim

Students' Application Process

  • Click here to access to look for potential companies or contact your ITE/Polytechnic/University career services centre for internship opportunities.
  • Click here for the Quick User Guide to submit your student feedback (Applicable only for students who have interned with a Company under the STP).

Claims Process

STP Claim Process

Step 1: Prepare Supporting Claim Documents

*Note: You will not be able to submit your claims until (1) you have accepted the LOF and (2) all your interns have completed the online Student Feedback.

  • Please prepare the following mandatory documents for each intern for your internship claim (documents are to be in PDF, DOC, XLS, XLSX formats for upload to STPNet):
    • Payslips of all claimable months
    • Company bank statement of any claimable month
    • Student internship report (i.e. Internship report submitted to school or write-up from the student on key learning points and experience from internship)
    • GIRO form (signed) (pdf, 225KB )
      (Hardcopy to be mailed to 1 Fusionopolis Walk, #01-02 South Tower, Solaris Singapore 138628, Attn: Eve Poh, Finance Department if this is your first time making a claim or if you intend to change your bank account for the crediting of approved STP (Internship) claims)
    • Completed Company Feedback PDF e-form - softcopy (Also downloadable when you log in STPNet to submit your claims)
    • Ensure that your intern has completed the online Student Feedback (Click here for the Quick User Guide to submit a student feedback – for interns)

Step 2: Complete Online STP Claim

  • Log in to STPNet via CorpPass to complete your online STP claim
  • Click here for the Quick User Guide on how to submit an internship claim on STPNet

Step 3: Monitor Claim Status

  • Please ensure that you provide the relevant additional supporting documents or clarifications should your claim be reworked to you

Step 4: Receive Claim Approval Confirmation

  • Upon approval of your claim, you will receive a notification email that your claim is successful

What happens after I’ve submitted my claims?

  • A SPRING Singapore officer will be evaluating your claim and you will be notified should there be any need for clarification and/or provision of additional supporting documents

What happens if I am unable to submit my claims on time?

  • All claims must be submitted within 6 months from the end of the qualifying period as stated in the Letter of Offer for it to be valid. Should you be unable to submit your claims on time, you may request for a one-time extension via the STPNet online portal. Extension requests will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Links & Resources

Last Updated on : 12 Feb 2018