SRA is proud to be ESG’s appointed Approved-in-Principle (AIP) partner Global Ready Talent Programme (GRT) for the retail sector. This programme aims to build a pipeline of global-ready talent for Singapore enterprises through exposing more Singaporeans to internships and overseas work opportunities, to support companies’ talent development efforts and helps local talents develop skills to take on global responsibilities in their careers. Under GRT, Singapore enterprises offering student internships or management associate programmes are eligible for up to 70% funding support on qualifying costs. More than 550 retailers have benefitted from the programme since its launch in 2019. As the appointed Approved-in-Principle (AIP) partner, SRA serves as your main point of contact for the following GRT components.

  • Local internships
    • Secure funded interns for your company’s manpower needs
  • Overseas internships
    • Secure funded interns for your company’s business needs for overseas markets in Southeast Asia, China and India
  • Hybrid internships
    • Secure funded interns where companies have the flexibility of providing internship opportunities in Singapore and in overseas markets for the entire internship duration
  • Management Associate Programme
    • Secure funded support for Singapore enterprises to train and invest in overseas work exposure for young Singaporeans to deepen in-market knowledge.
Not on the GRT Programme yet? Fill up the interest form here
For more information, please contact Elise at elise@sra.org.sg l 9768 6981 or click here to download SRA GRT Briefing Deck
Eligibility Criteria

For Companies

  • Company must be registered and incorporated in Singapore
  • At least 30% local (Singaporean or Singaporean Permanent Resident) group shareholdings
  • Be in a financially viable position to start and complete the internship
  • Possess sound Human Resource processes and be committed towards talent development
  • (For enterprises offering overseas internships) – Have existing overseas operations, positive business outlook and definite growth plans

For Students (Local/Overseas/Hybrid Internships)

  • Be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident
  • Be a full-time student from ITE, NYP, NP, RP, SP, TP, NTU, NUS, SUSS, SIT, SMU or SUTD
  • Should not be an immediate family member (i.e. child) of any key shareholder in the company.
  • Only applicable for full-time internships, where the intern is required to work up to 44 hours per week.

For Management Associates 

Management associates must:

  • Be a Singapore Citizen
  • Be a fresh graduate, or a young employee with up to 3 years of working experience

Posting offered to associate must:

  • Be for a minimum of 1 year, and
  • In key overseas markets e.g. Southeast Asia, China and India.
Funding Support

For Local Internships

  • 70% of internship stipend for SMEs and 50% of internship stipend for Non-SMEs
  • Minimum amount paid to interns:
    • ITE and Polytechnic students: ≥ S$800/month
    • University students: ≥ S$1,000/month

For Overseas Internships

  • 70% of internship stipend for SMEs and 50% of internship stipend for Non-SMEs
  • Additional monthly subsistence allowance and lump sum travel allowance will be provided to the students via their IHLs (Institutes of Higher Learning)
  • Minimum amount paid to interns:
    • ITE and Polytechnic students: ≥ S$800/month
    • University students: ≥ S$1,000/month

For Management Associates

  • 70% for both SMEs and Non-SMEs, for both salary and overseas package capped at $50,000/year.

*All amounts stated are before funding support. All applications are subject to final approval by Enterprise Singapore

Internship Application Process

GRT Employers Profiling

With the support of retailers and Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), we are pleased to share the successful local internship placements of over 600 students with SRA members since the launch of the Global Ready Talent (GRT) Programme on 1 October 2019. Students from the different Polytechnics and Universities can choose from about 150 companies onboard this programme, 92% of which are SMEs companies from Fashion/Apparel, Jewellery & Watches and Furniture & Fittings and more. We are delighted to see both Retailers and our local young talents benefit from the GRT programme. We will continue to work closely with industry partners to build and channel young talent to local retailers to create a vibrant workplace learning opportunities for students to gain insights and experience working in the retail industry.

GRT Profiling