ITE grads 'pay it forward' by hiring their juniors

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

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

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'. Print Edition | Subscribe