MOM added that the number of persons with disabilities placed into jobs with support from the ODP has remained stable at around 500 each year over the last three years.
All applications for Singapore's Open Door Programme (ODP), between January 2022 to August 2023, were successful, according to the Ministry of Manpower.
As shared, the number of persons with disabilities placed into jobs with support from the ODP – which aims to encourage employers to hire, train, and integrate persons with disabilities – has remained stable at around 500 each year over the last three years (2020 – 2022).
At the same time, the Enabling Employment Credit (EEC), which helps to provide financial support to employers, is automatically disbursed to eligible employers without a need for application. According to the Ministry, the number of persons with disabilities supported by the EEC increased to about 10,300 in 2022, up from about 9,700 in 2021 when the EEC was introduced.
In a Parliamentary response, Minister for Manpower Dr. Tan See Leng elaborated: "Both the ODP and the EEC have been enhanced in recent years."
Particularly, the ODP was enhanced in 2020 to strengthen training support through higher course fee subsidies and training allowances while the EEC was enhanced in 2023 to strengthen wage support for employment of persons with disabilities, particularly those who have not been working for at least six months prior to being hired.
Further shared, the average resident employment rate for persons with disabilities aged 15 to 64 has increased from 29.0% in the period of 2020-2021, to 31.4% in 2021-2022.
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