Job fair and networking session held for persons with disabilities

SINGAPORE - Social service organisation SG Enable and the North East Community Development Centre (CDC) held the first Professionals, Managers and Executives (PME) networking session for persons with disabilities on Saturday.

More than 20 people attended the session and networked with hiring managers from six corporations including Standard Chartered Bank and KPMG.

The session was part of the Focus on Abilities job fair, also organised by the two organisations and supported by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA). The fair featured over 500 job vacancies including those in the health care and hospitality industry.

Mr Teo Ser Luck, mayor of North East CDC, said: "Employment is vital in providing not just food on the table but also the self confidence one may need to keep it going.

"Our disabled community too, need that support as well as financial independence that a job could provide".

Since early 2014, SG Enable has worked with voluntary welfare organisations to place 230 persons with disabilities into various job positions.

Close to 70 companies have also come on board its Open Door Programme which started in April this year. Under the programme, persons with disabilities can receive support in areas such as pre-employment training and apprenticeship while employers can get funding to make changes to things like office infrastructure or job design.