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Maid agency training elite group of housekeepers

They will know how to set the table for tea or open a champagne bottle

Published on Apr 19, 2014 8:01 AM
 
Mr Gary Williams of the British Butler Institute, who is in Singapore for a week, demonstrating how to serve champagne to Mr Simon Ho (left), one of the six who will help train domestic helpers. Nation Employment plans to hold classes in June and have 100 specially trained maids within the first six months. -- PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

As well as cleaning floors around the house, they will be able to knot a tie, set the table for English afternoon tea and know the correct way to open a bottle of champagne: turn the bottle, not the cork.

A group of "elite housekeepers" may be in Singapore households by the end of the year.

One of the largest maid agencies here, Nation Employment, is planning to train a select group of maids who will be able to deliver more extensive services and command higher pay.

"Employers are looking for more than a pair of hands," said Mr Gary Chin, Nation's managing director. "Families are getting more sophisticated and we've had feedback from employers who say they are willing to pay more, but 'please give me a good maid so I don't need to keep changing'."

 
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Employers are looking for more than a pair of hands. Families are getting more sophisticated and we have had feedback from employers why say they are willing to pay more, but 'please give me a good maid so I don't need to keep changing'.

- Mr Gary Chin, managing director of Nation Employment

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