SG Enable launches mentorship for special needs students to team up with managers

Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim (centre, in pink) and SG Enable CEO Ku Geok Boon (right) with mentors and mentees at the launch event of Rise Mentoring Programme by SG Enable.
Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim (centre, in pink) and SG Enable CEO Ku Geok Boon (right) with mentors and mentees at the launch event of Rise Mentoring Programme by SG Enable.PHOTO: SG ENABLE
Mrs Elizabeth Bell with her mentee, Ms Ong Hui Xin, a Year 2 social science student from SMU at the launch of Rise Mentoring Programme by SG Enable on Feb 16, 2017.
Mrs Elizabeth Bell with her mentee, Ms Ong Hui Xin, a Year 2 social science student from SMU at the launch of Rise Mentoring Programme by SG Enable on Feb 16, 2017.PHOTO: SG ENABLE

SINGAPORE - Students with special needs in tertiary institutions are being paired with mentors in management positions to encourage both groups to better themselves.

Called Rise Mentoring, the programme developed by SG Enable aims to encourage both groups to rise - for the mentors to be more confident in working with persons with special needs and for the mentees to discover their strengths and abilities.

It was officially launched on Thursday (Feb 16) with 15 students and their 15 mentors from Accenture, Barclays Bank, Deutsche Bank and Singtel embarking on their 12-week programme.

The mentors were matched to students based on their interests, aspirations and course of study. Mentees will be guided on skills such as resume writing, job interviews, workplace communication and networking.

This will help the students transit more smoothly into the workforce.

The guest-of-honour, Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim said: "I am very heartened to see the 15 mentors dedicating their time and making the effort to volunteer for the Rise Mentoring Programme. I would like to thank you for your commitment to rise up in making a difference to the lives of your mentees."

SG Enable was set up by MSF in 2013 and aims to foster an inclusive society in Singapore and support persons with disabilities through different life stages.

The agency also has an internship programme that has helped 80 students with special needs gain work experience.