SkillsFuture Career Transition Programme (SCTP) In

industrial Automation (IA)

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The SkillsFuture Career Transition Programme (SCTP) is an initiative by the SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) agency to help individuals in career transition by acquiring industry-relevant core competencies.

This Train-and-Place programme allows the trainees to attend training courses and other immersive learning activities, in addition to access to career advisory services and employment facilitation, while earning recognised certificates.

The SCTP trainees will attend classes, hands-on labs and other immersive learning activities to earn Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) Statement of Attainments (SOAs) or other certificates.

We deliver through

  • Relevant and timely case study-based curriculum
  • Hands-on practical training combined with industry Best Practices insights
  • Access to cutting-edge technology developed by SIMTech experts
  • Regular sessions conducted in our state-of-the-art labs
  • Blended learning options combining expert classroom lectures and e-learning convenience

What we offer for individuals

What we offer for Individuals


Career Advisory Services

  • Placement facilitation support including job referrals, interview opportunities and career coaching
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV), interview and partners workshops

6-month* part-time training programme

  • Train-and-Place Modality
  • Industry-focused curriculum
  • Can continue to work

* The total duration of the SCTP programme may be slightly different with/longer than 6 months for some intakes. Please refer to the actual course calendar of the intended intake before signing up.


Course Fee Funding Support

  • Up to 95% subsidies for Singapore Citizens, SPRs, LTVP+ Holders
  • SkillsFuture Credit eligible

Application Process

Application Process

Stage 1
    • Applicant to submit online application and curriculum vitae (CV) via the APPLY NOW Button.
Stage 2
    • Applications will be evaluated by a committee.
Stage 3
    • Shortlisted applicants who are successfully enrolled to the programme to receive a course confirmation and offer email.
Stage 4
    • SCTP Trainees attend a course briefing workshop.

Programme Overview

Amid the economic downturn due to the current pandemic, more companies are taking up the government’s incentives and preparing themselves to take part in advanced manufacturing. Robotics and automation, being critical enabler for productivity gains, is becoming more in-demand across a wide range of industries, especially in the era of low touch economy. Moreover, rapid advances in robotic technologies provide even greater possibilities for huge business benefits. Against this backdrop, many companies are seeking people who not only understand the fundamentals of robotics and automation, but can also apply the state-of-the-art technologies to achieve the desired results effectively.

SIMTech’s SCTP for Industrial Automation is packaged with 6 essential subject modules, starting from a set of skilled-based modules to equip the participants with the necessary technical skills in robotics and automation, up to the modules that focus on planning and assessing the targeted processes for effective automation solution implementation. The overall objective is to equip the participants with the necessary knowledge and practical skills in advanced robotics and automation technologies, including intuitive robotic programming, mobile robot navigation and localisation; sensor-guided robotic pick-and-place; ROS application; and automaton design and simulation.

This programme is offered in a part-time mode. The duration of completion is expected to be within a 6-month period.


The programme seeks to improve the participants’ expertise in robotics, material handling, automation system control, design, and simulation by offering lectures and practical sessions. SIMTech’s experienced trainers will provide hands-on training and mentorship using the latest technologies, bridging the knowledge and skill gaps within the manufacturing industry.

What our trainees say


Good industrial knowledge (from the instructors) with the training sessions well-prepared from the logistics arrangements to the lectures.

Mr Jagan,
SCTP Participant who completed the course "Automation Design and Simulation" under the Mar 2024 intake


The programme covers both fundamental knowledge for deep as well as understanding of key robotics and automation technologies, as we as practical skills needed for planning and developing automation systems.

I was able to utilize the knowledge gained from the course and showcase my technical expertise to the management during the job interview. … I enjoy what I’m doing, and I am happy to contribute what I can to the company

Mr Noor Muhammad Noor Khalid, Akribis Systems Pte Ltd.
He completed the SGUS for Industrial Automation which was a full-time Train and Place initiative intended for unemployed and mid-career Singaporeans and SPRs impacted by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This programme concluded in March 2022.

List of Modules

  • Technical Skills Modules ("LEARN & PRACTISE")

Apply Robotics for Manufacturing Automation (42 hours)


This module covers the fundamental knowledge of industrial robotics for implementation. It provides practical industrial training such as robotic system set-up and programming, robot safety and standards, as well as localisation and navigation technologies of mobile robots. The participants will be guided through the process of developing and executing real-world projects for acquiring the competencies of planning for robotics systems.

What You will learn

The course covers the following performance statements:
  • Fundamental knowledge of robotics
  • Selection of sensors and process tools for automation
  • Practical robotic programming and advanced robotic teaching methods
  • Understand the application of robotics standards
  • Mobile robots localisation and navigation methods

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Automation Components and Systems for Advanced Manufacturing (42 hours)


This module introduces participants to the state-of-the-art technologies for part handling applications within equipment as well as among the equipment and storage systems on the factory floors. Participants will be instructed on methods for evaluating machinery and automation systems to implement effective process automation. They will also be guided throughout on the process of developing and executing practical projects for acquiring the competencies of planning for part handling systems.

What You Will Learn

The course covers the following performance statements:
  • Understand principles of manufacturing automation
  • Gain awareness of the basic part transfer methods within equipment
  • Select and apply material transfer methods on factory floors
  • Review automated material transfer method for logistic industry
  • Understand the enabling technologies for robotic pick-and-place
  • Learn the latest development of robotic gripping technologies
  • Understand the sensor and sensing methods for parts identifications and localisation
  • Develop skills in planning automation projects

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Control in Automation Systems (42 hours)


This module focuses on topics for various components (both hardware and software) required to set-up an automation control system, and perform motion profile design, planning and tuning to achieve specific performance indicators such as throughput or process repeatability or remote control and monitoring. Participants are trained to be equipped in competences of planning, using, designing and selecting components and systems for automation motion control systems.

What You Will Learn

The course covers the following performance statements:
  • Script Programming for Automating Systems
  • Configuring for Local-Remote Control and Monitoring
  • Motion control for High-throughput Automation
  • Smart Sensors: Understanding the Specifications
  • Communication Devices Selection

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Automation Design and Simulation (42 hours)


This highly practical module provides participants with the techniques for designing and simulating mechatronics, automation, and robotic systems for shop floor production. It introduces the Robot Operating System (ROS) for robotic system set-up and simulation. The participants will be guided throughout on the process of developing and executing practical projects for acquiring the competencies in automation process studies and automation system simulation.

What you will learn

Overview of Automation Design and Simulation

  • State-of-the-art tools for automation design and simulation
  • Manufacturing automation assessment method
  • Quantitative automation assessment by multi-criteria decision making

Automation Design and Robotic Application

    Product and part modelling and inspection
  • Robotic manipulation and simulation
  • Introduction of robot operation system (ROS)
  • Robot operation system for industrial application

Automation and Process Simulation

  • Material transfer process simulation for industry
  • Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR) for industrial process simulation

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Plan and Manage Project for Implementation (30 hours)


This module covers the methods for planning, executing and managing projects for developing technology, products and processes. Participants will also be taught on applications of project planning tools and skills for managing uncertainties and disruptions in project activities. Human, financial and business factors that influence the conduct of projects will be considered and explored.

What You Will Learn

This module is designed to equip participants with fundamental understanding of project management.

Content covered in this module include:

  • Concept of project management
  • Stakeholder management
  • Schedule management
  • Resource management
  • Risk management
  • Change management
  • Decision making

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  • Practical Module ("Implement")

Project-based Training for Implementation (80 hours)

Skills Course Reference Number: TGS-2024041313


This project-based module provides opportunities for the participants to embark on an industry project either in-house at SIMTech or a project defined by a participating company to practice the skills and knowledge acquired from the technical modules.

Full Course Fee

The full course fee for this module is $4,000 before funding and prevailing GST.



There are 6 modules for completion under the SCTP In Industrial Automation course.
Participants will be awarded a WSQ Statement of Attainment certificate (SOA) for passing each individual module listed below:

  • Apply Robotics for Manufacturing Automation (40 hours)
  • Automation Components and Systems for Advanced Manufacturing (40 hours)
  • Control in Automation Systems (40 hours)
  • Automation Design and Simulation (40 hours)
  • Plan and Manage Project for Implementation (30 hours)

Participants will be awarded a SIMTech Certificate of Attendance (COA) for passing the individual module listed below:

  • Project-based Training for Implementation (80 hours)


Participants will be awarded with a certificate for each individual module, if they meet the following criteria:

  • Achieve at least 75% course attendance;
  • Take all assessments; and
  • Pass the course.
Sample: Statement of Attainment (SOA) CertificateSSG SOA

Programme Fees

Programme Fees

 Before GSTAfter GST 9%
Full Course Fee$24,000$26,160
Singapore Citizens aged 39 years and below, Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders aged 21 years and above ¹ $7,200$7,848
Singapore Citizens aged 40 years and above ² $2,400$3,048
Singapore Citizens who are eligible for Additional Funding Support ³ $1,200$1,848
  • ¹ Eligible Singapore Citizens aged 39 years and below, SPRs and LTVP+ holders aged 21 years and above can enjoy a baseline subsidy of up to 70% funding of the course fee.
  • ² Singapore Citizens aged 40 years and above are eligible for up to 90% course funding under the Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES).
  • ³ Singapore Citizens who meet at least one of the following eligibility can enjoy up to 95% funding under the Additional Funding Support (AFS):
    a. Long-term unemployed individuals (at least 6 months or more); or
    b. Persons with disabilities;
    c. Individuals in need of financial assistance - ComCare Short-to-Medium Term Assistance (SMTA) recipients or Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) recipients

Additional Information:

[Announcement] From 1 May 2024, Singaporeans aged 40 years and above will receive a top-up of $4,0000 SkillsFuture Credit (Mid-Career) which can used to further offset the nett course fees on our SCTP Courses under the SkillsFuture Level-Up Programme.

  • Long Term Visit Pass Plus (LTVP+) Holders
    The LTVP+ scheme applies to lawful foreign spouses of Singapore Citizens with (i) at least one Singapore Citizen child or are expecting one from the marriage, or at least three years of marriage, and (ii) where the Singapore Citizen sponsor is able to support the family.

    All LTVP+ holders can be identified with their green visit pass cards, with the word ‘PLUS’ printed on the back of the card.
  • Pre-Requisites


    • Only Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents and Long-Term Visit Pass Plus Holder (LTVP+) aged at least 21 years old (based on the year of course commencement) who can commit to the SCTP courses on a part-time basis are eligible to apply.

    • Applicants should possess a degree in any discipline or a diploma with a minimum of 3 years of related working experience.

    • Applicants who do not have the required academic qualifications are still welcome to apply, but shortlisted candidates may be required to attend an interview for special approval.

    Contact Us

    • For technical enquiries, please contact:
    Dr LIN Wei,
    Senior Scientist
    • For general enquiries, please contact:

    Ms Charlotte LIM,
    Senior Industry Development Manager


    SCTP Specialisation
    Skills Course Reference NumberExpected Commencement DateRegistration Status
    • Industrial Automation (IA)
    TGS-2023019495Successful applicants will be notified on the commencement date