More companies are opening their doors to employees with disabilities in recent years. As at December last year, more than 4,500 employers received the subsidies for hiring 5,700 disabled workers. Mrs Michelle Liau, principal of APSN Delta Senior School, said more companies are aware of the work capabilities of the disabled. "Many employers are seeing persons with disabilities as valuable employees. Hiring them helps create a more inclusive work environment for all staff and improve the overall perception of the company," she said.
ARC president Denise Phua said more employers are willing to employ the disabled due to the tight labour market, but added that training and support for the disabled at work were important.
Mr Marcus Lim, 23, an ARC client, said his six months of job training before being hired as a Starbucks barista was important. Learning how to prepare coffee was difficult, but picking up soft skills was ever harder "because we need to meet customers' different expectation", he said. But he is thankful for the job opportunity. "I get to meet a lot of people and make new friends."