What happens when youths with special needs graduate from school?
Social challenges, communication barriers and misconceptions about their abilities often impede their chances of getting a job. But for Ivan Ng, Lim Cheng Guan, Phua Jia Yi and Chong Wan Shuen – who are all 20 years old and have varying intellectual disabilities – internships helped pave the way to stable employment.
They are now working in different departments at the National University Hospital (NUH) after a successful internship in 2015 via the School-to-Work transition programme, a multi-agency collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Social and Family Development and selected special education schools. Under the programme, students with potential for work are referred to SG Enable for post-school employment and training opportunities.