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Launch of programme that will help special needs students transit better to workplace

Published on Apr 15, 2014 10:58 AM

A new school-to-work transition programme will give students with special needs greater support when they move on to the workplace, said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat.

Speaking on Tuesday at the official opening of the Association for Persons with Special Needs' (APSN) Delta Senior School, Mr Heng said his ministry will work with the Ministry of Social and Family Development and SG Enable to develop this pilot bridging programme for more special needs students.

"The idea is to provide customised job opportunities and training that are designed based on the students' diverse profiles and needs," he said, beyond the current national vocational certification programmes for students with mild intellectual disabilities.

Mr Heng said a multi-agency committee has been formed to develop a transition programme that will start in a student's final year of school, and continue after he has graduated and started work.

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