YOUR LETTERS

Efforts to boost inmates' employability

We thank Mr Chang Nam Yuen for his feedback on the need to equip inmates with practical skills to enhance their employability upon their release ("More can be done to equip inmates with practical skills"; June 5).

The Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (Score) agrees that relevant skill training, job placement and job retention are important to help reduce recidivism among former offenders and support their rehabilitation and reintegration.

Score provides Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ)-certified training in many areas, such as F&B, logistics and warehousing, to prepare inmates for their reintegration into the workforce.

The WSQ framework uses a graded approach to train job seekers in generic employability skills, broad industry knowledge and skills, and occupational skills.

Last year, Score, together with the Singapore Prison Service, trained more than 5,100 inmates in a variety of programmes, which include modules on basic computer skills, effective communication and personal management skills.

In addition to training, Score also matches inmates to jobs offered by more than 4,700 private-sector employers in its database.

Of the average 2,000 former offenders assisted every year, 96 per cent secured jobs before their release.

We welcome Mr Chang to contact Score to discuss how we can better support former offenders to enhance their employability.

Juliana Abd Khalik (Ms)

Director

Reintegration Division

Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 19, 2016, with the headline 'Efforts to boost inmates' employability'. Print Edition | Subscribe