Organisations, individuals recognised for efforts to re-integrate ex-offenders
- POSTED: 25 Sep 2013 00:28
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65 organisations and individuals were presented with awards on Tuesday for their efforts in reintroducing ex-offenders into the workplace and helping them stay in a job.
SINGAPORE: Employers should go the extra mile to help ex-offenders reintegrate into society.
This is because while employment is recognised as the best welfare an ex-offender can receive upon being released, more can be done.
Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin said this during an awards ceremony held by the Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE) on Tuesday.
65 organisations and individuals were presented with awards for their efforts in reintroducing ex-offenders into the workplace and helping them stay in a job.
They were also lauded for creating inclusive work practices and supportive environments.
The theme of the ceremony was “Inspiring Hope Beyond Living.”
SCORE facilitates skills upgrading courses run by the Workforce Development Agency in prison.
Since 2008, about 3,800 employers have partnered SCORE to provide jobs for ex-offenders.
Their efforts also include providing customised orientation programmes, on-the-job training and buddy systems.
Mr Tan said these efforts do not just impact the offenders themselves.
"That extra mile that might seem not hugely significant to us, can mean all the world to the people that we are reaching out to. In our own small ways and in our own small little actions, it can mean a lot, and it's not just the offender you are helping, but in many instances, it's about their families as well,” he said.