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Better employment prospects for the disabled

By: Amos Seah, Singapore
Published: Apr 18, 2013

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Singapore - More job opportunities will be made available to those with disabilities, as companies find ways to combat the labour crunch in Singapore. 

A new agency, SG Enable, will focus on providing better job opportunities for disabled workers, as it begins its operations in the third quarter of this year.

SG Enable, which is incorporated through the Ministry of Social and Family Development, aims to redesign work processes and create job opportunities for the special needs community, reported Today.

They plan to work with voluntary welfare organisations, education and training centres, as well as employers.

"We need to provide adult employment opportunities for them... we want to refocus CEL to become SG Enable to focus on the job opportunities creation for this community of ours," Today reported Acting Minister Chan Chun Sing as saying. 

Other initiatives for the special needs community include ARC's employment programme launched in April last year, which aims to train and equip suitable adults with autism with "employable skills".

So far, 11 of those enrolled in the programme have been placed in jobs, and another 13 are expected to be placed in the next few months.

"There's really a possibility to tap this previously untapped labour force and to make sure we do it with system, (and) structure," Denise Phua, president of the ARC and member of Moulmein-Kallang GRC, said.

According to Alvin Lim, chief executive officer of Bizlink Centre, an organisation which offers employment services for the disabled, the number for people with disabilities in the workforce in increasing.

There were 149 more people with special needs being hired in the open market between April 2012 and March this year.

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