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Understanding Sustainability: What and Why?

Topic:Sustainability and Green Skills

Course Type:Short & Modular Courses

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  • Course Date:

  • Registration Period:

  • Time:

    16 Hours / 9:00am to 6:00pm
  • Mode of Training:

    Facilitated Learning (Face-to-Face)
  • Venue:

    Singapore Polytechnic (facilitated classroom training)
  • Funding:

    Eligible for SkillsFuture Credit

Course Introduction:

This course will provide participants with the much needed understanding of what constitutes sustainability and the importance of adopting sustainable practices at the workplace. 

Course Objective

This course aims to provide participants with a broad-based understanding of sustainable development and the importance for organisations to adopt sustainable practices. It will also enable participants to explore how different industries have embraced Singapore’s Green Plan and how organisations have adopted green technologies and practices for sustainable living. Participants will also be exposed to the social dimension of sustainable development and appreciate what it means to protect and prioritise the rights and well-being of human capital. The course will also facilitate an understanding of standards governing sustainable practices, and offer participants the opportunity to design a project that incorporates sustainable practices relevant for their industry.  

Course Outline

Course Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the Course, participants will be able to: 

  1. explain the underpinnings behind sustainable development and the reasons for adopting sustainable practices at the workplace
  2. describe the social dimension of sustainable development and what it means to protect and prioritise the rights and well-being of human capital
  3. explore how different industries have adopted green technologies and practices for sustainable living 
  4. recognise the standards and rules behind sustainability governance
  5. design a project that incorporates sustainable practices for the workplace
Topics to be covered
  1. Introduction to Sustainability and ESG
  2. The Environmental Pillar 
  3. The Social Pillar
  4. The Governance Pillar
  5. Project Preparation 

Minimum Requirements

Minimum two (2) years working experience 

Certification / Accreditation

• Certificate of Performance (electronic Certificate will be issued)
A Certificate of Performance will be awarded to participants who pass the assessment and meet at least 75% attendance rate

Suitable for

Architect / Civil and Structural Engineer / Project Manager (Construction) / Facilities Manager

Course Fees

Full Fees (before GST): $660.00

Applicants/Eligibility SkillsFuture Funding GST* Subsidised Fee (after GST)
Singapore Citizens aged 40 and above1 $594.00 $15.84 $81.84
Singapore Citizens aged below 40 $462.00 $15.84 $213.84
Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders $462.00 $15.84 $213.84
SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders2 $594.00 $15.84 $81.84
Others (Full fees payable) $0.00 $52.80 $712.80

*As announced at Budget 2022, there will be no increase in government fees and charges for Singaporeans from 1 Jan 2023 to 31 Dec 2023. Also, as per SSG’s policy, the GST payable for all funding-eligible applicants is calculated based on prevailing GST rate after baseline funding subsidy of 70%

Singaporeans aged 25 years and above may use **SkillsFuture Credit balance to offset respective course fees.

¹ Under the SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy. For more information, visit the SkillsFuture website here

² Under the Enhanced Training Support for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Scheme. For more information of the scheme, click here. To view SP’s list of similar funded courses, click here. Please submit the attached “Declaration Form for Enhanced Training Support Scheme for SME” together with your online application.

Funding Incentives

Please click here for more information on funding incentives.

Application Procedure

1. All applications must be made via Online Registration at
Course fees can be paid by the following payment modes:

a) Credit Cards, Internet Banking, NETS (Not Applicable for company sponsored)
For e-payment using Visa/Master cards and Internet Banking, please click on the ‘Make e-Payment’ button on the acknowledgement page to proceed.

b) For NETS payment, you can pay at:
Singapore Polytechnic
One-Stop Service Centre

c) For payment via PayNow, please enter the UEN No. T08GB0056ACET and indicate the invoice/registration number. 

*With effect from 1 August 2021, cheque payment will not be available.

2. All successful applicants will be notified with a letter of confirmation via email.

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