For some of us, school’s a distant memory. But that doesn’t stop us from wanting to pick up new skills every now and then – after all, learning is a life-long journey.
However, classes can be pretty expensive. Some of them can easily cost us half a month’s salary, and the last thing we want is to break our bank account, especially for a skill that’s interest-based, rather than one that will further your career.
Fortunately, Singaporeans from age 25 and above have $500 worth of SkillsFuture credits available from October 2020 all the way to 2025, which means we don’t have to hesitate in adding to our existing repertoire. Here we’ve sussed out a few skills that you can learn without forking out a single cent.
For other SkillsFuture courses, take a look here:
Courses from: $21.98
Photoshop can be daunting for first-time users, but courses from UDEMY run you through the basics with lessons on image manipulation, layer creation, and tool selection. With these tools on hand, your profile’s well on their way to becoming IG goals.
How much you save: $30 to $500 per course
Courses from: $28.99
Whether we want to communicate with friends from other ethnicities, or to understand our favourite K-drama without English subs, learning a new language is always useful.
Bahasa Melayu, Korean, Japanese, and French classes – you name it, they got it. For instance, the classes by People’s Association hold classes from beginner to intermediate levels, so it’s best suited for peeps who want to familiarise themselves with the language. You can check out their full range of language courses here.
They’re held at community clubs, with each CC holding different language classes.
For other language courses claimable by SkillsFuture, take a look here.
How much you save: $18 to $261 per course
Courses from: $135
We envy the flawless makeup looks on beauty gurus like Jeffree Star, but with a few lessons, you can learn to do them yourselves, too.
Places like Serangoon & Pasir Ris Elias CC offer basic makeup courses that will have you drawing that winged eyeliner like a pro. Apart from that, you’ll also learn to understand the different types of skin and skin tones, so you’ll be able to select the most suitable products for yourself. Who knows, these courses might even be the start of your freelance make-up artist career!
Check out the range of make-up courses claimable by SkillsFuture here.
How much you save: $58.50 to $153 per course
Courses from: $50.96
Pulling, dosing, steaming – to us, they seem like common words, but to the Starbucks barista, it’s all part of the, ahem, daily grind.
Those wishing to whip up their go-to coffees on their own can pick up basic barista skills with People’s Association. Classes are held at community clubs like Tampines Changkat CC, where you’ll learn about different types of coffee-based drinks as well as how to make them.
How much you save: $31.50 to $318.96 per course
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Courses from: $30
Flower arrangement is a delicate art. A single flower may be beautiful on its own, but weave in some fillers like baby’s breath, and you’ve got yourself a pretty centrepiece fit for a gift or your dining table.
Flower arrangement courses hosted by The People’s Association are at the basic level, but you’ll walk away knowing how to design everything from a circular hand bouquet to a fruit basket. Classes are held at multiple neighbourhood community clubs such as Tiong Bahru CC, so you can head over to the one nearest to you.
How much you save: $18 to $90 per course
Courses from: $270
Our long-haired pups need a monthly grooming session to keep them in tip-top condition, but it can be pretty costly.
Here’s where these dog grooming courses from Ngee Ann Polytechnic come in. They’ll equip you with basic skills such as ear cleaning and nail trimming, so you’ll be able to do them yourself at home. And yes, these courses are open to the public, so anyone can join.
Find more information about dog grooming courses here.
How much you save: $250 per course
Courses from: $252
Singapore’s a safe country, but it’s always good to be able to defend yourself physically as you’ll never know when you might run into trouble.
Enter classes from Detactical. On top of fighting techniques, they’ll also teach you how to verbally de-escalate a fight or escape from it. After all, self-defence is not just about the fight – it’s also about prevention. Check out their SkillsFuture-claimable courses here.
You can also check out other self defence courses from SkillsFuture here.
How much you save: $292 per course
Courses from: $30
Massages are supposed to be relaxing, but we all know that one “helpful” friend whose idea of a massage is to press down on your bones like their life depends on it.
With courses from People’s Association, you’ll learn to give your loved ones a massage and help them work out their knots and aches – without them screaming in pain. These courses are held at community clubs like Nee Soon East CC, so you can sign up for a course at a location that’s convenient for you.
How much you save: $27 to $153 per course
Courses from: $107
Taking good photos is harder than it looks, which is why basic photography courses from NTUC LearningHub are a godsend. You’ll be taken through the rungs of digital photography, where you’ll learn the art of snapping a good pic with your mobile phone and editing it accordingly.
You’ll be expected to turn in a photo of your surroundings and a self-portrait by the end of the course. It’s a means to see how much you’ve learnt over the course, and you might surprise yourself to see how far you’ve come.
How much you save: $38 per course
Courses from: $88.20
For some of us, the most intricate thing we can do with our hair is to plait it or throw it into a messy bun.
Hairstyling courses at community clubs like Bukit Panjang CC will equip you with the basic know-how of styling your hair. Between curling your hair or putting it up into an updo, your next hairstyle for a future formal event is pretty much set.
How much you save: $40.50 to $225 per course
You don’t necessarily have to fork out too much to learn something new. These SkillsFuture courses are not only informative, they’re also entirely claimable with your $500+ worth of credits, so you can put your wallet and credit card away. And with these courses being so affordable, you’ll still have enough credits for a second course afterwards!
See here for other courses you can take:
Originally published on 25th September 2020. Last updated by Josiah Neo on 11th June 2021.
Cover image adapted from: @trivelopeacademy
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