SINGAPORE - A new SkillsFuture Study Award has been launched to support early- to mid-career professionals in the power sector to enhance their power engineering skills.

Supported by the Union of Power and Gas Employees, the study award aims to nurture a strong Singaporean core in the power sector workforce, the Energy Market Authority (EMA) announced in a press release on Tuesday (June 28).

A total of 30 study awards will be available to eligible candidates. Applications open from Friday (July 1).

Successful applicants will each receive a bond-free $5,000 award, which can be used to pay for out-of-pocket training expenses for related engineering courses.

These range from higher National ITE Certificate (Nitec), diploma and degree programmes to relevant courses by training providers such as the Singapore Institute of Power and Gas.

EMA's chief executive Ng Wai Choong said he hoped technical professionals in the power sector will take this opportunity to develop greater mastery of skills to stay relevant and help further the industry.

"There are new and exciting developments in the power sector, from the expansion of the Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal, the increasing deployment of solar energy to the need to mitigate cyber-security challenges for power systems," he added.

The SkillsFuture Study Awards, which are administered by different lead government agencies overseeing the respective sectors, is a monetary award to help Singaporeans equip themselves with the skills.

More information on the eligibility criteria and supported courses can be found on the SkillsFuture Study Awards website.