StarHub Empowers People With Disabilities Through Training | SPD - Singapore
StarHub Empowers People With Disabilities Through Training
The StarHub Empowering Race on 30 August saw StarHub volunteers partnering trainees from the first batch of Infocomm Accessibility Centre’s Certificate in Office Skills (ICOS) programme to complete six office administrative tasks within the shortest time. Held across various floors at StarHub's headquarters, the event offered the ICOS trainees, many who had no prior work experience, a taste of the corporate environment.
To add to the challenge and allow the volunteers to experience some of the difficulties that people with disabilities face daily, StarHub employees were ‘physically’ or ‘visually’ impeded with props provided by SPD. They included spectacles with stickers on the lenses to limit vision and weights tied onto legs to restrict movement. Some had to participate while seated on motorised wheelchairs to experience mobility impairment. These are done so that the volunteers could experience first-hand the difficulties that people with disabilities face in seemingly simple everyday tasks.
"It was a truly awesome experience racing alongside my SPD teammate," said Eni Sabrina, from StarHub's Human Resources department, who had weights strapped to her leg. "I did not realise how difficult it was to perform everyday tasks simply by limiting the use of my leg. I am happy to be working for a company that has such a huge heart and that allows us as individual staff to reach out to the community."
At the event, StarHub also presented a cheque of $200,000 to SPD which will cover the ICOS course fees of 72 participants over two years. StarHub's sponsorship will supplement the support given by the Government to fund the six-month ICOS programme, which will equip job seekers with physical, sensory and developmental disabilities with the skills necessary for an administrative position.
"Through the StarHub Ability Race, I got to experience the office environment and I hope that the skills that I acquire at ICOS will help me secure a job so that I can be independent," expressed Norliana Bte Mohamed Ajam, one of the ICOS trainees.
Partially accredited by the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications, the structured programme offers modules in information and communications technology, personal effectiveness, work preparation as well as soft skills such as managing workplace conflicts.
"StarHub fervently believes in empowering the challenged amongst us," shared Ms Jeannie Ong, Chief Marketing Officer of StarHub. "Through ICOS, we want to help the participants gain the skills necessary for meaningful open employment, and to enjoy the freedom and confidence that comes with financial independence."
Ms Chia Yong Yong, President of SPD, said in appreciation of the support by StarHub, "We are grateful to our staunch partner StarHub for joining us on this journey to help people with disabilities find gainful employment through the sponsorship of the ICOS programme. We appreciate their efforts in planning the empowerment race. Not only did it provide our trainees with a valuable experiential learning experience, it was also an innovative platform to promote understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities in the workplace."