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FY 2011-2012

Employment Support Services for Graduates of Metta School
Helping Metta School graduates find and sustain open employment
Partner: Metta Welfare Association

Established in 2001, Metta School offers special education to children aged between 7 and 18 who are diagnosed with mild intellectual disability and/or mild autism spectrum disorders. Under the Metta-ITE Skills Certification (ISC) two year programme, ITE-certified vocational courses in baking, food preparation and housekeeping are offered to eligible students aged 17 and above.

Metta School students who obtain their ISC certification have encouraging employment prospects. However, some of the graduates are unable to sustain their employment due to a variety of reasons, such as lack of social skills, inability to adjust to the workplace, negative influences, etc. These graduates need help to cope with challenges in their workplace as well as training to upgrade their skills. Graduates who are unemployed also need help with job placement.

The new programme provides employment support services and helps Metta graduates with job placement, counselling, and skills upgrading courses. A team of counsellors and job placement officers track the progress of the graduates for 5 years with the goal of helping them to secure and sustain open employment. Temasek Cares is supporting the programme to help 130 graduates over 2 years.


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