Updated: 04/15/2014 20:02

Enhanced school to work transitions for special education students

Enhanced school to work transitions for special education students

A new school-to-work transition programme will give students with special needs greater support when they move on to the workplace. 

The bridging programme was announced by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat at the official opening of Delta Senior School's new campus this morning. 

He says his ministry will be collaborating with the Ministry of Social and Family Development, and SG Enable on the initiative. 

Mr Heng says the idea behind the collaboration is to provide customised job opportunities and training that are designed based on the students' diverse profiles and needs. 

Training will take place at the workplace, to give students authentic training and integration with other co-workers. 

" Building this important bridge will entail cross-agency coordination of support and resources, as well as more training cum work options and opportunities to benefit SPED students with diverse needs and interests."

Mr Heng says a working committee has been formed to co-develop a School-to-Work transition programme that will begin in a student's final year in school, and continue after he graduates and takes on a job. 

From this year, they will work with a few SPED schools to prototype this bridging programme. 

And they hope to make the programme available in phases to more SPED schools by 2016

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