ITE grads 'pay it forward' by hiring their juniors

Two start-ups by ITE alumni are among 268 firms in work-study diploma programme

Institute of Technical Education graduates Anders Tan (left), co-founder of Inclus, and Aow Jia Rong, chief executive and co-founder of Ezsofe. Both entrepreneurs are part of a diploma programme that sees companies working with the institute on work-
Institute of Technical Education graduates Anders Tan (left), co-founder of Inclus, and Aow Jia Rong, chief executive and co-founder of Ezsofe. ST PHOTO: KELLY HUI

Mr Anders Tan watched helplessly as his brother-in-law, who has high-functioning autism, dropped out of three consecutive jobs, lasting barely a month in each. On the day he was fired from his fourth job, he came home inebriated.

The incident inspired Mr Tan to start a social enterprise called Inclus to help people with special needs find gainful employment.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 10, 2019, with the headline 'ITE grads 'pay it forward' by hiring their juniors'. Subscribe