Special Training Assistance Scheme (SBL-Khas), is a major scheme of the HRDF. Under this scheme, financial assistance in the form of training grants may be considered for all types of training programs tailored to the needs of employers registered with HRDF. Basic principles of this scheme are as follows :

  • HRDF specialized training grants as an incentive for employers to retrain and upgrade skills of workers that are appropriate and meet their business needs.
  • Training grants under HRDF is provided for employer-based training needs to ensure accountability in the workplace. Under the SBL-Khas, the employer must identify the necessary training to enhance the ability of their employees and is responsible for fully funding the training program.
  • Under the SBL-Khas, approval from HRDF must be obtained before training commences. Training cost reimbursement allowed is based on the rate of financial assistance determined by the HRDF from time to time and the payment is based on EMPLOYER CLAIMS. Employers’ account should not have any levy arrears as HRDF would debit the cost fee directly from employers’ account and pay the training provider.


The objective of this scheme is to encourage employers to retrain and upgrade skills of workers in line with their company’s business needs.

Qualification Requirements for Employers

All employers registered with HRDF and have to pay the HRD levy for the first month of registration are eligible to apply for training grants, subject to financial assistance and the terms and conditions determined by HRDF from time to time.

Training Grant Application Procedure

  • Login and Launch eTRiS
  • Click on ‘Application’
  • Select from menu ‘Grant’ >’Apply Grant’
  • Select SBL-Khas from menu ‘Scheme Code’ > ‘Apply’
  • Then fill up the form accordingly.
  • For detailed instructions kindly download User Guide for External and go to Section 7 Grant Application with Scheme Code: SBL -Khas

Claim for Training Grants

Claim for training grants will be paid based upon completion of the training program. Employers and training providers claim form must be submitted via online application or PSMB/T/1/09 available from HRDF website. To avoid any delays in processing claims, employers should ensure that the form is complete and correct. Relevant receipts must also be included. All copies of receipts or supporting documents must be certified by the employer.

  • Login to HRDF Portal and launch eTRiS.
  • Click on ‘Application’ icon
  • Select from menu, click on ‘Claim’.
  • Choose either you want to ‘Submit Claims with Grants’ or ‘Submit Other Claims’.
  • Please fill in the online form together with the supporting document, then click on ‘Submit’ button.
  • Click here to start claim.

Claims must be submitted upon completion of training and all costs have been paid. If the program could not be claimed in the current year, it shall be submitted no later than June 30 next year.

Payment shall not be made if the trainees do not fully follow the training program. A trainee is considered to have been completed the training program if he has followed at least 75% of it and sits for all exams / tests, if required.

Check payment or credit statement (E-disbursement) will be mailed to the employer together with a calculation / payment certificates for reference after the claims process is completed.