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The Class of 2013 - First batch of trainees who have undergone the IAC Certificate in Office Skills programme

The Class of 2013 - First batch of trainees who have undergone the IAC Certificate in Office Skills programme


The first batch of IAC Certificate in Office Skills (ICOS) trainees celebrated the completion of their six-month course last week. In the same month, we also cheered at the graduation ceremony of four young EIPIC clients who will be progressing to mainstream primary schools and Special Education school. Their achievements made this year-end celebrations extra special.

First batch of trainees to complete the IAC Certificate in Office Skills Programme
The first batch of IAC Certificate in Office Skills (ICOS) trainees ended the year on a high note as they completed their six-month training programme on 17 December.

Eagerly awaiting the next step, the 13 trainees started on this highly-structured programme in July with one common goal – gainful employment. They received core skills training in office administration to increase their employability and also picked up valuable soft skills to help them improve personal effectiveness.

The trainees underwent 25 modules at the SPD Ability Centre which included understanding the concepts of ICT, training in Microsoft Office, using the computer, managing files as well as getting familiar with the use of office equipment. In addition, the nine ICT modules were also accredited by the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ) Employability Framework.

Many trainees cited Positive Office Etiquette as one of their favourite modules. “We learn how to dress appropriately, use proper greetings and learn to respect personal space. This is important when getting into a job,” said 29-year-old Azahri Abdullah.

“Since the ICOS training is conducted everyday, except the weekends, from 9am to 4.30pm, it has trained me to work during office hours. I feel that I have become better at managing stress after being advised and taught by my trainers,” said Tham Ru Hui. “I hope to work hard, get a job, and earn a good pay so that I can share with my parents,” the 24-year-old added earnestly.

ICOS is a vocational training programme that equips people with disabilities with the necessary skills for administrative positions. The six-month training curriculum includes:

  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Soft Skills
  • Work Preparation

The next batch of trainees will start their course on 2 January 2014.


Building Bridges EIPIC Centre in Jurong was transformed into a magical fairy land on 11 December to celebrate the year-end festivities as well as the graduation of three young children into mainstream Primary School and one child into a Special Education School.

Photo of the Inaugural graduation ceremony at Building Bridges EIPIC Centre in Jurong

Photo of children at the event

The morning was packed with activities. Besides the graduation ceremony, the event included a fancy dress parade for children who came dressed to the fairy land theme, food and games, movie-screening, craft making and balloon sculpture. The half-day event and their activities were planned to create bonding opportunities for 40 little ones and their caregivers. Special moments were captured on Polaroid which they got to bring home as keepsakes.

Photo of IBM volunteers helping out at the event

We would like to thank the 16 volunteers from IBM who took time out to man the activity booths and made sure that fun was the order of the day.