As part of the 2012 Budget Initiatives, the Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) and Special Employment Credit (SEC) were extended to eligible persons with disabilities, and their employers respectively. The objective is to encourage employers to provide more employment opportunities for persons with disability and see this group as a potential workforce.
The first Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) payout was made in September 2012. A total of 1,358 employed persons with disabilities received $449,000 under the scheme.
1,150 employers who hired 1,863 working persons with disabilities were allotted $1.24 million under the SEC.
Minister of State for Social and Family Development (MSF), Madam Halimah Yacob said after her visit to the Han’s outlet at Pickering Street, “I am glad that employers like Han’s are forward looking in hiring and integrating persons with disabilities in our workforce. We must always be ready to provide job opportunities to persons with disabilities. They may have special needs but given the relevant training and support, they can perform their jobs as well as everyone else. Many employers also find that they are loyal employees and do not job hop.”
The Managing Director of Han’s, Mr Han Choon Fook, said during the visit, “Han’s is committed to hiring persons with disabilities. We take steps to support them by modifying the workplace to make the environment more inclusive and accessible. Such adjustments create a positive and supportive work environment not only for the persons with disabilities but for other staff as well such as the older staff.”