Temasek Cares – EQUATE
Creating new employment opportunities for people with special needs
Partner: Equestrian Federation of Singapore
Temasek Cares - EQUATE (Equine-Assisted Training and Employment) is a pilot programme by EFS (Equine Federation of Singapore) and APSN CFA (Association for People with Special Needs – Centre for Adults) that provides employment opportunities for people with special needs. The programme places 30 persons with special needs in equine-related vocations such as stable hands, grooms, groundskeepers and maintenance crew.
Under the programme, new employees are provided with training and support to understand their job responsibilities and to adjust to the new work environment. Trainers from APSN CFA work alongside job supervisors from EFS to redesign the work processes and to help the employees make the transition to the workplace. They are also provided with skills training through a combination of on-the-job training and classroom sessions.
As part of the pilot programme, APSN CFA and EFS will develop the training pedagogy for equine-related vocations for people with special needs. If the pilot programme is successful, the training pedagogy will be extended to more training institutions. This will help build a new vocational pathway for students interested in working with horses.
Temasek Cares is supporting the EQUATE programme with the cost of training and development of training pedagogy. The programme is complementary to the EQUAL-ARK programme which provides equine therapy to youths with learning needs or who are at-risk.
Media release for Temasek Cares – EQUATE