INCENTIVE SCHEME FOR FIRMS HIRING NSMEN
Bosses may be reluctant to hire operationally ready national servicemen, noted Mr Low Thia Khiang (Aljunied GRC).
These employers dislike the disruptions caused when NSmen have to be away for reservist training for periods of time, particularly in companies with fewer staff and less flexible operations.
These employees may also receive poorer performance reviews, or not be promoted.
Mr Low suggested introducing an appropriate incentive scheme to encourage employers to employ NSmen, especially those who still have to go for their in-camp training stints
STUDENT VOLUNTEERS IN LIBRARIES
Mr Darryl David (Ang Mo Kio GRC) suggested that polytechnic or Institute of Technical Education students in IT courses volunteer in libraries, where they can help older residents with their e-government transactions.
MORE SUPPORT FOR FREELANCERS
Organise a marketplace that enables gig economy workers to access pooled medical coverage and be efficiently matched to jobs, said Ms Foo Mee Har (West Coast GRC).
She added that workers and employers can also rate each other.
SCHOOL BUSES FOR KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Special needs schools face difficulties finding school bus contractors, as the operators may need more staff or special equipment. This may lower their profits.
Non-Constituency MP Leon Perera suggested a one-off financial assistance package for school bus operators to retrofit their buses with facilities for children with special needs.
MEET-THE-PEOPLE SESSIONS' FOR SMEs
To help small and medium-sized businesses go digital, the Government could organise "Meet-the-Firm Sessions", akin to Meet-the-People Sessions where residents meet their MPs, said Ms Sun Xueling (Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC).