SINGAPORE: A new school-to-work transition programme has been developed to provide more support for special needs children.
It will be a multi-agency collaboration between the Social and Family Development Ministry and SG Enable, an agency that is dedicated to persons with disabilities, in partnership with special education (SPED) schools.
Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said this approach will provide more training and job opportunities for special needs students.
He elaborated: "The idea is to provide customised job opportunities and training that are designed based on the students' diverse profiles and needs. To ensure better transition to work, training will take place at the workplace where there is authentic training and integration with other co-workers."
Mr Heng was speaking at the official opening of the Delta Senior School's new campus at Choa Chu Kang. Students at the school are aged between 16 and 21 years.
He added that the multi-agency working committee will work closely with a few SPED schools to prototype the programme over a two-year period with the intention of making the programme available in phases from 2016.
Mr Heng also said that during the prototype phase, the multi-agency team will carefully study the critical success factors, processes and resources needed for effective transition support for students with the potential to work.
The team will also be consulting with relevant stakeholders in SPED schools and the community.
Mr Heng toured the new campus which also has a laundry training room, Swensen's training restaurant and an occupational therapy room.
The new Delta Senior School has a training facility that is sponsored by Giant retail store, where students are taught how to handle and display merchandise and stock control.
The aim is to equip these students with the necessary skills, making the transition to their workplace much easier. - CNA/ac/gn
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