What's next for SPED Graduates
The Post-School Transition
As parents with a child with Special Needs, we understand that you anticipate the day when your child is capable of being on his or her own within the society.
Vocational training helps graduates from Special Education (SPED) schools to transit successfully to employment.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) is committed to enabling all students in Special Education (SPED) schools to lead an independent life. This involves working closely with SG Enable, MSF and all SPED schools in Singapore.
We believe that as long as students are supported appropriately, they too can contribute meaningfully to their families and society.
This is beyond providing quality pathways, this is about providing a meaningful life for everyone.
As part of the training pathway, students will undergo training and preparatory activities to acquire skills for certain jobs.
1. Identification of Profile and Gaps
This includes identifying the individual’s hard/soft skills, health, abilities, triggers and interests.
2. Understanding Working Pace and Style
This includes identifying the individual’s work habit, cognitive skills and adaptive skills.
3. Skills Development and Enhancement
Equipping individuals with social and life skills, core employability skills, problem-solving skills and determination skills.
4. Assessing and Developing Readiness
Realising trainee’s competencies and merits
to prepare for workforce and life.
Vocational Training in SPED Schools
A SPED school provides vocational training for students with special needs to prepare them for employment after they graduate.
Programmes can vary from school to school, and not all children may be able to participate. Parents can find out more from the respective school and refer to the SPED pathways chart.
Metta School and APSN Delta Senior School offer vocational educational programmes to eligible students with mild intellectual disability from the age of 16 years.
Trainees may be awared a (WSQ and NITEC) certification, which are the same as those awarded to students from the mainstream schools. For pre-requisites for the programmes, please check with the schools.
Other Vocational Training
SPED students, who are not in a certification course, may participate in other transition-to-work programmes, to prepare for supported or open employment.This includes sheltered and customised employment, home-based work, and self-employment.
There are other initiatives to help students prepare for employment, including internships, mentorships, and vocational training provided by private Social Service Agencies. More information can be found on our Training & Employment page.
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MIJ Hub is a non-profit organisation that provides school readiness, student care, intervention and en-richment programmes, along with employment op-portunities for individuals with Special Needs aged from 2 - 30 years old.