Open Door scheme: Moves to boost training

In 2014, the Government launched the $30 million Open Door Programme to help people with disabilities train and look for jobs, and defray employers' costs in supporting them. The fund is administered by disability support agency SG Enable.

In financial year 2015, SG Enable placed more than 500 people with disabilities into jobs - 42 per cent more than in financial year 2014. More than 300 people also enrolled in training courses.

More than 1,000 people have gone for training to understand disabilities and disability etiquette as an employer or colleague, under SG Enable. Companies can also use funds from the Open Door Programme to modify the workplace so that it is accessible for people with disabilities. Deutsche Bank, for example, has changed its heavy doors to automated ones to help wheelchair users.

Since 2013, SG Enable has placed 68 tertiary students with disabilities in internships with companies ranging from Deutsche Bank to the civil service.

Kok Xing Hui

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 31, 2016, with the headline 'Open Door scheme: Moves to boost training'. Print Edition | Subscribe