SINGAPORE: To support growing demand of social services in Singapore, the sector needs 500 more employees per year, said the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) on Saturday (Oct 22).
Currently, the social service sector employs around 16,000 professionals serving different groups of people in need. To increase its workforce, NCSS said it is expanding its search.
"We are looking into a variety of programmes to reach other population sets. We are looking particularly, in the future, for people who want to work part time," said Mr Fermin Diez, deputy CEO of NCSS.
He spoke against the backdrop of the Social Service Institute (SSI) Graduation and Awards Ceremony 2016, where approximately 300 social service professionals were recognised for their hard work and exemplary performance.
The Social Service Institute (SSI) Graduation & Awards Ceremony 2016. (Photo: Vanessa Lim)
The event also saw 26 non-profit sector leaders from 25 organisations graduating from the inaugural cohort of ACE Capstone Leadership Programme for Non-Profits. The programme, jointly developed by the Tote Board and the SSI, sets out to groom strategic leaders in the non-profit sector.
A participant of the programme, Mr Paul Long, worked in the private sector for 25 years before deciding to join the social service sector in a leadership position. He wanted a more meaningful job where he could contribute to society.
"In the social sector, the feeling is different. You know you are touching people's lives and the person's family members as well. At the end of the day, you really have the joy and that fulfilment," he said.