Hawkers Development Programme

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The Hawkers’ Development Programme (HDP) is an initiative by National Environment Agency (NEA) and SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) to equip aspiring hawkers with the fundamental skills to embark on their hawkerpreneurial journey

Candidates will go through three stages:

  1.  Training in modular culinary and business course
  2.  Apprenticeship at a hawker mentor’s stall and
  3.  Incubation with Mentorship at a hawker stall

Core Hawker Entrepreneurship Fundamentals

Apprenticeship at Hawker Mentor Stall 

  • NEA Incubation Stall Programme
  • Hawker Stalls

Stage 1 Training

The Asian Culinary Institute, a CET institute of Nanyang Polytechnic, will conduct a 5 days national training programme entitled, “Core Hawker Entrepreneurship Fundamentals” to train aspiring hawkers in the culinary and business aspect of running a hawker stall under HDP@ ACI.

Stage 2 Apprenticeship

Trainees will have the chance to be an apprentice at the stalls of various Hawker Mentors. Trainees will undergo 8 weeks of apprenticeship at the Hawker Mentor’s stall.  Besides learning about the specific culinary skills of the hawker dish/es, trainees will also learn from the hawker mentors the skills of running a hawker business. Hawker Mentors will guide trainees to prepare for Stage 3 - in the preparation of a commercially viable hawker dish or dishes and business plan for eventual business, through (i) NEA Incubation Stall Programme or (ii) NEA Hawker Stall Tender Scheme.

Stage 3 Incubation

During the Incubation Stage, trainees will receive mentorship for a period of 12 weeks at their newly placed hawker stall. This is to provide the necessary support for the trainees to sustain their new hawker business in the initial phase of business. The Hawkers Mentors will maintain regular communication with the trainees, and check-ins at the participant’s stall, to provide advice on areas of improvement, to help trainees transit seamlessly into a steady state of viable business operations. 

Training Grants

Eligible participants can apply for training grants if they sign up for all 3 stages - 1)Train 2) Apprentice and 3) Incubate of the HDP. In addition to eligible course fee grant, aspiring hawkers will receive up to $1,000 per training month trained under Stage 1 to 3*. Veteran hawker mentors will receive up to $500 per training month for their involvement under Stages 2 to 3*.

*Terms and conditions applies*

If you have further queries on the Hawkers’ Development Programme:

NEA Contact Details
Please email NEA at hdp@nea.gov.sg or contact 1800-2255-632 (1800-CALL-NEA). Visit NEA website at www.nea.gov.sg/programmes-grants/hdp.

ACI Contact Details
Please email info@aci.edu.sg or contact 6417 3318 (Monday to Friday).

ACI will conduct a 5 days national training programme entitled, “Core Hawker Entrepreneurship Fundamentals” to train aspiring hawkers in the culinary and business aspect of running a hawker stall under HDP@ ACI.

Core Modules

  1. Food Safety Course (Level 1) (1 Day)
  2. Essential Hawker Culinary Fundamentals (1 Day)
  3. Essential Hawker Entrepreneurship Fundamentals (2 Days)
  4. Adapt To Change - Digitalization for Hawkers (1 Day)




Monday to Friday

To Be Advised

9am – 6pm

8 hrs module:  9am – 6pm

7.5 hrs module:  9am – 5:30pm

7 hrs module: 9am – 5pm

Monday to Friday

To Be Advised

9am – 6pm

Every Saturday

To Be Advised

9am – 6pm

Mentoring for Success (Hawker Programme)

To Be Advised


Core Modules 



Singaporean/PR (after SSG Subsidy)

Singaporean age 40 and above
(after MCES Subsidy)

Full Course Fee








Nett Course Fee




GST 7%




Payable Course Fees















Payment accepted via:

  • AXS 
  • NETS at our Counter
  • SkillsFuture Credit (For Singaporeans aged 25 and above)
  • PayNow

SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) Subsidy

  • Enjoy 70% SSG subsidy for all Singaporeans and PRs aged 21 and above

Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES) Subsidy

  • Eligible for Singaporeans aged 40 years old and above
  • Enjoy 90% SSG subsidy

SkillsFuture Credit (SFC)

  • For Self-Sponsored Individuals only 
  • All Singaporeans aged 25 and above will receive an opening credit of S$500 from January 2016.
  • You may utilise your SkillsFuture Credit to offset the course fee payable after subsidy/funding.

- Members of the Public

- Existing Hawkers

- Aspiring Hawkers

  • Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident, 18 years old and above;
  • Minimum Secondary Education or Workplace Literacy and Numeracy [WPLN score: Level 4 for Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing and Numeracy]
  • All applications will be evaluated to determine their suitablity for admission into our relevant level of programmes. This is subjected to submission of the required supporting documents and the minimum enrolment to start a class.
Refund Policy Refund 

Withdrawal notification received at least 14 calendar days before course commencement

  • 75% refund of paid course fees

Withdrawal notification received less than 14 calendar days from the course commencement OR Upon course commencement

  • No refund of paid course fees