Score will work with hawker panel to help ex-offenders find jobs

We thank Dr Chan Lai Gwen for the letter "Keeping the hawker trade alive" (April 16).

The Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (Score) provides skills training to offenders and prepares them for their reintegration into the workforce upon their release.

For example, suitable inmates who are interested to work in the food and beverage (F&B) industry may attend Workforce Skills Qualifications-certified training in F&B operations and culinary skills.

In addition to training, Score actively expands its job bank of more than 4,000 employers who are willing to hire former offenders through engagements with partners such as the Restaurant Association of Singapore.

It is with the support of these employers that Score has been able to match pre-release inmates to suitable jobs before their release.

Last year, Score helped over 2,000 inmates secure employment in sectors such as F&B, hospitality and logistics prior to their release.

The committee set up to help hawkers and hawker centres evolve ("Serving up help for hawkers and better hawker centres"; April 13) presents new opportunities for Score. We will work closely with the committee to explore how we can help former offenders find employment as hawkers.

Juliana Abd Khalik (Ms)

Director

Reintegration Division

Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 25, 2016, with the headline 'Score will work with hawker panel to help ex-offenders find jobs'. Print Edition | Subscribe