Disadvantaged students faced many challenges in securing and sustaining employment after they leave school. Having graduated at a young age, they may lack the maturity and skills to cope in the workplace.
These school leavers may not be served by employment support programmes which were mainly targeted at older adults. Many also did not qualify for support under programmes for persons with special needs. To meet this gap, Temasek Foundation and Bizlink put together a pilot programme to help these young school leavers to transit to the workplace.
Under the programme, each school leaver underwent a vocational assessment carried out by occupational therapists and psychologists. They were then placed in suitable jobs and supported by job coaches who worked with employers to build a supportive work environment. The school leaver is further supported by teachers, family social workers and alumni officers of participating schools.