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 31 OCT 2023  |  ISSUE 477

Dear Members and Friends

Below is the second of a quarterly series of articles on the various aspects of inclusive hiring of persons with disabilities (PwDs) from SPD and the benefits it can bring to you, your teams, customers, businesses and society. In the spirit of Forward SG, please read the article and act.

With my thanks and best wishes for a great week ahead.

Yours faithfully
Victor Mills
Chief Executive

Unleashing Potential: Embracing Models of Disability Employment in Your Business

A diverse and inclusive workforce is the bedrock of every successful business. In pursuit of our ongoing mission to promote the integration of persons with disabilities (PwDs) into our society, we are delighted to present various inclusive employment models that can benefit your business and create a positive impact on the community.

1. Open Employment:

SPD’s team of professionals, from the Employment Support Programme (ESP), support employers in the recruitment of PwDs and provide at least 6 months of job support to help new hires adapt to their roles and the workplace.

2. Supported Employment:

Through the Intensive Supported Employment Programme (ISEP), PwDs with potential and motivation to secure open employment but who require additional vocational training are placed in a supported work environment. The trainees start with a work trial, progress to on-the-job training with onsite support from SPD's supervisors, before being placed in open employment.

3. Outsourced Contract Work:

The SPD Sheltered Workshop offers vocational training in a simulated work environment to enhance the employability of trainees with disabilities. The Workshop constantly seeks contract work in product packaging, document digitization and the like, to provide trainees with opportunities for vocational training.

We encourage you to join us in building a more inclusive society where individuals with disabilities are valued for their abilities and contributions. Together, we can create a more diverse and inclusive workforce for a brighter and more equitable future.

For further information on inclusive hiring, please contact SPD at



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