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New maids can learn new skills with launch of subsidised classes by charity

Published on Aug 29, 2014 6:52 PM

SINGAPORE - Employers can now sign their new maids up for subsidised classes in healthy cooking, massage, and Traditional Chinese Medicine for pain relief.

These classes are part of a support programme launched on Friday by the Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training (Fast), a non-government charity, to give newcomers a skills boost and help them adapt to Singapore culture.

The charity is partnering 14 maid agencies to offer this programme to new employers for free or at a fee not exceeding $50, in a six-month pilot starting next week.

The programme includes a half-day Singapore heritage tour, a year's membership at the charity's clubhouse in Raeburn Park in Tanjong Pagar, and $50 worth of vouchers to enrol in classes that are priced between $10 and $20.

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