From the second half of 2018, employers will be required to register and pay for their new Work Permit holders to attend an orientation course. The new “Settling-in Programme” will be comparable to the current course established for first-time foreign domestic workers. The process will involve learning about Singapore’s culture and laws, including the Work Permit holder’s rights and obligations under employment law. It will be similar to the current domestic work programme, which involves a one day course that must be completed within three days of arrival.
The exact date that the programme will commence has not yet been released however it has been revealed that the programme will be rolled out in stages. It will first be implemented for those in the construction sector before being extended to other sectors. Eventually, all new Work Permit holders will be required to attend, with an exemption only for Malaysian Work Permit holders.
Further information is expected to be released closer to the time of implementation.