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Course Overview

This 12-month course  aims to provide recent graduates from polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) a head-start in the hawker profession through classroom and on-the-job training which will prepare them for a career as a hawkerpreneur and also in the larger food and beverage industry. Trainees will undergo an in-depth training to enhance business management skillsets and culinary skills needed to operate on a commercial scale.


This course comprises of 3 phases. Phase 1 (Training Phase) which runs for 2 months will have trainees attend structured lessons on campus to learn foundational skills in culinary art and science, and business operations. Phase 2 (Apprenticeship Phase) spans 4 months of which 3 months are spent working under the mentorship of an experienced hawker to acquire the experience of running a hawker stall. Then, trainees undergo 1 month of business preparation training back in campus, where they will acquire the basics of preparing a business plan and perform product differentiation. The final phase, Phase 3 (Incubation Phase) lasts for 6 months, where trainees will run their business at their individual stalls. Trainees will apply for their individual hawker stall under NEA's Incubation Stall Programme. Experienced hawkers and mentors from TP will provide support and guidance to the young aspiring hawkers.


Trainees are provided with S$1,000 training allowance per month during the course.

Application/Entry Requirement


Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents who are recent graduates of less than 3 years from Polytechnics or ITE, or from the Operationally Ready Date (ORD) for National Servicemen.

Who Should Attend


Hawkerpreneurs who can start with operating one stall but may wish to grow their businesses in a myriad of ways in the future, including moving into the café and restaurant businesses.

What You'll Learn

Phase 1 (Training Phase)


Module 1
Food Hygiene and Safety (includes WSQ Basic Food Hygiene Course) - This subject trains you to be competent in following food and beverage safety and hygiene policies and procedures and to be able to apply them at the workplace. It will also cover common control measures and relevant practices to ensure food safety in a hawker stall setting.


Module 2
Local Hawkerfare Culinary Skills - This subject covers the application of culinary skills in the preparation, cooking and presentation of local hawker dishes from various ethnic groups in Singapore. The identification and selection of food ingredients will be included.


Module 3
Healthier Recipe Development - This subject aims to equip you with design thinking strategies to develop product prototypes that are healthier and/or innovative through the integration of culinary science and arts as well as to use nutrient analysis software to determine the nutrition information of recipes.


Module 4
Practicum - This subject is designed to provide the necessary practical training in an operating kitchen in TP that is performing high-volume food production.  Fundamental culinary skills will be reinforced and new skills in using modern equipment for improved productivity will be taught.  Menu items from different cuisines will also be covered.  Food safety and workplace safety will be emphasised throughout the subject.


Module 5
Operations and Cost Management - This subject covers areas that include the fundamentals of: operational profit & loss statement; recipe costing; food cost; the cost-volume-profit relationship (sales mix); purchasing and receiving; storing and issuing; food production management; monitoring of food and beverage operations and manpower costs.


Module 6
Basic Marketing - This subject exposes you to basic marketing theories and techniques employed in the restaurant and catering business. Applicants will not only be exposed to tried and tested marketing efforts, but also challenges the learner to exercise creativity and innovation by developing your own marketing plan for your business.


Module 7
Basics of Entrepreneurship - The subject enables the learners to gain an understanding of the basic principles necessary to start and operate a business. It is designed for individuals who have an interest in developing the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to become successful entrepreneurs. The subject will value add to the learner’s entrepreneurial journey.


Phase 2 (Apprenticeship Phase)

Work attachment with mentorship

Business preparation training


Phase 3 (Incubation Phase)

Operate individual hawker stall



Modes of Assessment


The assessment would be based on 100% coursework with written and practical tests, assignments or projects.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this course can establish themselves as hawkerpreneurs or apply to work as cooks and senior cooks in F&B establishments and hotels.

Course Schedule

Intake Info Application Closing Date Course Duration

8 March 2021
9am to 6pm
Monday to Friday

Temasek Polytechnic

7 February 2021

12 months


Registration may be closed earlier due to overwhelming response.


Application Procedures


Click on the Apply button above to submit your application online. Steps to follow in your application:


Step 1 - Enter NRIC/Passport No.

Step 2 - Select ZOQ and course commencement date.

Step 3 - Enter personal, qualification and employment details (where applicable).

Step 4 - Make declaration and submit online application.

Step 5 - Submit the following documents via email to tsa_wsp@tp.edu.sg. Indicate “WSP Hawkerpreneurship” as email subject title. Kindly name the files according to the guidelines below. 

1. Resume (filename: Resume-YourName.pdf)
2. Highest Qualification Certificate (filename: Certificates-YourName.pdf)
3. Academic Transcripts (filename: Transcripts-YourName.pdf)
4. NS Completion Certificate, if applicable (filename: NS Certificate-YourName.pdf)


Only applicants who are successfully shortlisted for the Work-Study Post-Diploma (Certificate) programme will be notified via email.

Course Fees

Course fees will be payable by the participants for this programme.


Fee Type Item Course Fees (w GST)
Full Course Fee S$11,556.00
Singapore Citizens / Singapore Permanent Residents* S$1,733.40
  • Participants may tap on their Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) to offset the course fees payable.

* recent graduates of less than 3 years from Polytechnics or ITE, or from the Operationally Ready Date (ORD) for National Servicemen

Lecturer/Trainer Profile

Course Contact

  • 67881212
  • 10.00 am – 4.00 pm (Mon – Fri)
    You are required to make an appointment with us at tsa@tp.edu.sg if you would like to visit TSA.
    Closed on Sat, Sun & Public Holidays

  • Website: https://www.tp.edu.sg/tsa
  • Temasek SkillsFuture Academy
    Temasek Polytechnic
    East Wing Block 1A, Level 3, Unit 81
    21 Tampines Ave 1
    Singapore 529757

  • Temasek Polytechnic reserves the right to alter the course, modify the scale of fee, amend any other information or cancel course with low enrolment.

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