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An innovative programme run by a S’pore charity helps people with disabilities get jobs

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  • Singapore's charity program has significantly enhanced the employability of persons with disabilities through tailored assistance and financial support.
  • The program's comprehensive approach includes career advisory, training courses, and post-placement job support.
  • Creating inclusive workplaces benefits not just persons with disabilities but all employees, fostering a more diverse and productive work environment.

Singapore is making notable strides in ensuring that people with disabilities are not left behind. One of the key players in this movement is a local charity that has been running a special program aimed at preparing individuals with disabilities for the workforce. Since its inception in 2019, this program has helped 295 persons with disabilities and students through tailored assistance, significantly enhancing their employability and job readiness.

Tailored Assistance for Job Readiness

The program, supported by Workforce Singapore and SkillsFuture Singapore, and administered by SG Enable, offers a comprehensive suite of services designed to support persons with disabilities (PwDs) in their employment journey. These services include career advisory, training courses, and post-placement job support. The goal is to provide PwDs with the necessary skills and confidence to secure and retain meaningful employment.

One of the standout features of this program is the career advisory services provided by SG Enable’s employment coaches. These coaches work closely with PwDs to establish their job readiness, identify suitable training and career options, and provide ongoing support throughout their employment journey. This personalized approach ensures that each individual receives the support they need to succeed in the workplace.

Financial Support and Incentives

To further encourage participation in the program, SG Enable offers substantial financial support to PwDs. Course fee subsidies of up to 95% are available for a curated list of training courses, making it more accessible for individuals to upskill and enhance their employability. Additionally, participants receive a training allowance of $6 per hour and a training commitment award of $100 for each completed course. These financial incentives are designed to motivate PwDs to take up training and improve their job prospects.

Creating an Inclusive Workplace

The success of this program is not just measured by the number of individuals it has helped but also by the broader impact it has had on creating a more inclusive workplace environment in Singapore. By working closely with employers, the program ensures that workplaces are equipped to support employees with disabilities. This includes making necessary adjustments to the physical environment, providing assistive technologies, and fostering a culture of inclusivity and understanding.

As one participant shared, "The support I received from SG Enable and the program has been life-changing. I now have the skills and confidence to pursue a career that I am passionate about, and I feel valued and included in my workplace."

The Broader Impact

The importance of such programs cannot be overstated. Singapore aims to have 40% of working-age persons with disabilities employed by 2030. This ambitious target underscores the need for continued efforts to support PwDs in their employment journey. Programs like the one run by this charity are crucial in achieving this goal, as they provide the necessary support and resources to help PwDs overcome barriers to employment.

Moreover, the program's focus on inclusive design thinking and accessibility benefits not just PwDs but all employees. By creating a barrier-free and accessible workplace, employers can ensure that everyone, regardless of their abilities, can contribute to their fullest potential. This approach not only enhances productivity but also fosters a more diverse and inclusive work environment.

Singapore's charity initiatives are setting a commendable example in the realm of disability employment. Through tailored programs that focus on job readiness, financial support, and creating inclusive workplaces, they are making significant strides in ensuring that people with disabilities have equal opportunities to succeed in the workforce. As Singapore continues to work towards its 2030 employment target, the efforts of such programs will be instrumental in fostering a more inclusive and equitable society.

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