DAILY activities which may be taken for granted by some pose a challenge for Nur Alfian Hakim Bin Halim.
He said: “Initially, I found bed making and other chores challenging. It was difficult to tuck in the sheets as the mattress was heavy.”
But 19-year-old Mr Hakim from MINDS Fernvale Gardens School – who was born with Down Syndrome and has moderate intellectual disability – is now a housekeeping attendant at Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Beach Road after participating in Job Shadowing Day and a 3-month Job Attachment Programme.
Pan Pacific Hotels Group (PPHG) worked with special education schools to offer internships before 2015, and in 2016, it started working with SG Enable to take on a more structured approach for inclusive hiring.
Pan Pacific Singapore was the first and only hotel to take part in SG Enable school to work transition programme (Project IN) in 2017.
In addition, PPHG’s serviced suites in Singapore has trained more than 30 interns from special education schools such as MINDS and APSN in the last two years.
Currently, 14 persons with disabilities have found full or part-time employment with the PPHG’s Singapore properties.
Wee Wei Ling, executive director (asset & lifestyle) of Pan Pacific Hotels Group, said: “The students contribute to productivity, efficiency and manpower. In hospitality, we are always facing manpower shortage. The students are able to contribute effectively to the team and they are in demand.”
However, the company has to be mindful in certain areas when working with these students.
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