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A Guide to IBF Funded Courses 2024

by | May 13, 2022

As digitalisation rapidly takes over a spectrum of industries, there has never been a better time to pick up valuable data-related skills. Trying out specialised courses is a great way to figure out which tech path is suitable or of interest to you. However, these programmes often come at a cost.

If this is a concern for you, fret not. There are various subsidies available in Singapore for you to utilise, such as the IBF funding for all Singaporean Citizens and Permanent Residents.

Get ready to supercharge your tech career! Vertical Institute offers a thrilling array of IBF-accredited courses, specially curated for aspirational learners like you. The best part? You’re eligible for a up to 70% IBF subsidy on these courses. Dive in, explore your passions, and let’s start your journey to the top together with Vertical Institute!

Vertical Institute’s IBF-accredited courses

IBF-accredited courses

Vertical Institute provides in-demand IBF-accredited tech courses which are also eligible for SkillsFuture Credits usage and NTUC UTAP funding. To find out more information, you may visit the links below:

1. Data Analytics Course

Vertical Institute presents a beginner-friendly Data Analytics course tailored to empower you with the hottest skills and elite practices in the field. We cover key industry tools such as Excel, SQL, and Tableau to provide a comprehensive learning experience. But the excitement doesn’t stop there! You’ll put all that newfound knowledge to the test by creating a capstone project aimed at tackling a genuine big data issue in the fintech sphere.

2. Cybersecurity Course

Cybersecurity Course Singapore

First, the Vertical Institute in Singapore offers a comprehensive Cybersecurity course. This course examines every aspect of cybersecurity. The primary focus is on protection against online threats and scams, among other things. It offers a highly interactive platform for learning. There, participants will engage in hands-on cybersecurity activities. Not only that, but they will also receive expert guidance throughout the course.

3. Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Course

Singapore’s Vertical Institute offers a comprehensive Blockchain & Cryptocurrency course. This course thoroughly explores blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. It delves into historical, theoretical, technical, and practical aspects. Bitcoin, a significant component, is discussed in detail. Additionally, other key elements include blockchains, NFTs, and decentralized finance. The programme stands out with its hands-on approach. It incorporates in-class practical activities. Furthermore, it includes examples from the real world for better understanding.

4. UX Design Course

Vertical Institute’s User Experience Design course in Singapore will supercharge your career with end-to-end UX skills. Learn new tools and concepts, and demonstrate all stages of the UX process, from user research, information architecture, to prototyping and wireframing with Figma. Students will culminate their learning by developing a UX portfolio project in fintech — receiving expert feedback along the way.

5. Digital Marketing Course

Vertical Institute’s Digital Marketing course in Singapore will explore everything you need to know about digital marketing: social media, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Search Engine Marketing (SEM), Google Analytics, content marketing, email marketing, and more. Participants will gain hands-on experience by executing their own digital marketing campaign – while receiving expert guidance.

The three courses consist of seven lessons each, with each lesson lasting three hours.

Classes are conducted on evenings or weekends to minimize disruption to business hours. The courses are designed to be completed within a month, and participants will be taught by industry experts who work in leading companies such as Google, Alibaba, and Gojek.

Participants who complete the IBF accredited course will receive an industry recognized certificate of completion.

Advanced Data Analytics Course

The Advanced Data Analytics course is our advanced course after the basic Data Analytics course. Participants will learn to apply advanced Excel functions to tackle real-world problems, apply advanced SQL functions, and effectively conduct advanced storytelling through visualisation in Tableau.

Exciting, isn’t it? Now that you’re familiar with our IBF-funded courses, let’s unravel the mystery of how you can tap into the treasure trove of funding support and additional subsidies.

What does IBF stand for?

For starters, IBF stands for the Institute of Banking & Finance (IBF) Singapore. It is the national accreditation and certification agency for financial industry competency in Singapore under the Skills Framework for Financial Services, which was developed in partnership with the industry.

What is the IBF funding?

There are two main schemes provided under the IBF funding – IBF Standards Training Scheme (IBF-STS) and IBF Financial Training Scheme (FTS). Under these schemes, eligible individuals may receive up to 90% funding support off course fees on IBF funded courses in Singapore.

IBF Standards Training Scheme (IBF-STS)

The IBF Standards Training Scheme (IBF-STS) offers course fee subsidies to both eligible self-sponsored individuals and company-sponsored individuals who complete training and assessment programmes accredited under the Skills Framework for Financial Services. The grant is capped at S$7,000 per participant per programme.

All Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents (PRs) who are physically based in Singapore may qualify for this subsidy.

Another important requirement is that individuals must successfully complete the course, including fulfilling the minimum attendance requirements and passing the assessment component of the programme.

How do I obtain the IBF Funding?

IBF funding support operates on a nett fee model. This means that eligible self-sponsored and company-sponsored individuals are only required to pay the unsubsidised portion of the course fee. The nett fee can then be fully paid with your SkillsFuture Credits.

Training providers will claim the course fee subsidy from IBF directly.

How to claim IBF funding

1 – Self-sponsored Individuals

For self-sponsored individuals, you do not need to submit claims for the subsidy. Upon successful completion of your course, your training provider will help to submit the course fee subsidy claims to IBF.

2 – Company-sponsored Individuals

For company-sponsored individuals, you must be a Singaporean or PR that is physically based in Singapore and working in an eligible company such as the following:

  • Financial Institutions that are regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore
  • Singapore FinTech Association (SFA) certified FinTech Firms

Can I further utilise my SkillsFuture Credits or NTUC UTAP for the course?

It only applies to selected IBF courses that have been approved for SkillsFuture Credits usage or NTUC UTAP.

SkillsFuture Credits

All Singaporeans aged 25 years old and above can use their SkillsFuture Credits to fully offset the remaining course fees after IBF funding. If you have enough SkillsFuture Credits, you will not have to pay any cash.

NTUC Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)

Additionally, NTUC members can utilise UTAP to offset 50% of remaining fees (capped at $250 per year.) Check out our guide to learn more about UTAP funded courses.

How do I sign up for an IBF-funded courses?

To register for our tech courses, simply sign up at Vertical Institute! Our admissions team will get in touch with you to guide step-by-step soon after.

For further clarification on course content, schedules or fees, reach out to us at [email protected], or call/WhatsApp us at 8817 2578.

For more information on IBF funded courses, please visit the IBF website.

About Vertical Institute

Vertical Institute prepares individuals for the jobs of tomorrow. We specialise in teaching in-demand skills, building the next generation of changemakers and inventors through our world-class tech courses and certifications.

Singaporeans and PRs can receive up to 70%  IBF Subsidy off their course fees with Vertical Institute. The remaining fees can be claimable with SkillsFuture Credits or NTUC UTAP.

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