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APSN

Established in 1976, APSN is a social service agency providing special education for our community with mild intellectual disability (IQ 50-70). Today, APSN operates four Special Education (SPED) Schools (APSN Chaoyang School, APSN Katong School, APSN Tanglin School and APSN Delta Senior School) for students aged 7 to 21, an APSN Student Care Centre for children aged 7 to 18 and an APSN Centre for Adults for persons aged 16 and older, benefiting over 1,200 beneficiaries each year.

The APSN Schools and Centres adopt a holistic approach in its curriculum, comprising academic, vocational and social skills, which are important for open employment and lifelong learning. APSN seeks to enable persons with special needs to be active contributors of the society and is committed to inspire and build capabilities of its partners and community to lead and advocate an inclusive society.

To date, APSN’s growing database has more than 5,000 beneficiaries, comprising students, trainees and alumni. APSN is constantly expanding its network to reach out to and understand the needs of its members to better support them.

Our Location

APSN Education Services Ltd.

Address: 900 New Upper Changi Road, Singapore 467354
Phone: 65 6479 6252
Email: enquiry@apsn.org.sg

 

APSN Ltd.

Address: 11 Jalan Ubi Block 2 #02-12 Singapore 409074
Phone: 65 6479 6252
Email: enquiry@apsn.org.sg

APSN Centre for Adults (CFA)

About Us

APSN Centre for Adults (CFA), is a sheltered workshop that serves as an alternative for post-secondary special education and caters to individuals with special needs (Mild Intellectual Disabilities, IQ range 50-70), aged 18 and above. The vocational training centre provides sheltered enterprise training and job placement opportunities. Our trainees are empowered through best practices in vocational training, realistic on-the-job training and support services until they are ready for the workforce.

Centre Information

Phone +65 6346 2425
Fax +65 6346 7518
Email cfa@apsn.org.sg
Address 11 Jalan Ubi, Block 4 #01-31
Kembangan-Chai Chee Community Hub
Singapore 409074

Curriculum Framework

APSN trainees aged 18 and above can enrol into APSN Centre for Adults’ (CFA) full-time vocational programme. These trainees would have to pass a one-month trial and work assessment by the Centre. Trainees will experience a 4-phased vocational training programme, and they are assessed on milestones – not a period-based curriculum.

Phase 1 - Training Programme

Trainees typically start from Phase 1, and are given a taster of each industry training which the Centre provides. They rotate between the different areas of learning basic kitchen skills, cashiering, service, work ethics, cleaning, retail, gardening and more.

Phase 2 – Sheltered Enterprise Programme

As they progress to Phase 2, they begin to specialise in a selected sheltered enterprise. This is where they decide their career path, and focus their skills in areas such as culinary, baking, grilling, coffee preparation, chocolate making, contract work services. Lessons are taught in a licensed, simulated environment with tools and industry-relevant equipment. This provides realistic on-the-job training to bridge the path between their training and employment.

Trainees who are not work-ready will be placed into the Contract Work programme, where they are supported for a longer period, before they transit to the training programmes or supported employment once they are ready.

Phase 3 - Supported Employment

During the programme, trainees assessed to be ready for open employment would be matched with a trained employer. In this phase, trainees would undergo a job trial with an employer partner. Once trainees are assessed to be competent by employers, our Job Coaches will assist to moderate and negotiate their employment contract and salary according to their skills and abilities with the trainees and caregivers.

To further assist individuals who are offered employment to sustain their job, our Job Coaches at APSN CFA continue to provide support for at least another 12 months not limiting to job support, employer training, counselling etc.

Phase 4 - Open Employment/APSN Alumni Services

When the 12 months of job support by School or Centre is completed or, in the event the trainee/student transits out of the School/Centre, the School/Centre will continue to render support to its alumni through social recreational activities. There will be provision and access to counselling and other professional services, including psychological services, occupational therapy and more to help alumni and their families cope with the potential challenges faced.

To be more relevant and to enhance their employability, APSN CFA also emphasises technical training, leveraging on existing courses available, e.g. SHATEC courses for catering. APSN CFA’s operational costs are mostly funded via public donations.

APSN Café for All in collaboration with Andes by ASTONS

Located in Kembangan-Chai Chee Community Hub, the Singapore Food Agency and Halal-certified café creates opportunities for trainees to prepare and serve up orders and pastries to walk-in customers and corporate guests. View the menu here.

In collaboration with Andes by ASTONS, learning opportunities are provided to trainees at the APSN Centre for Adults (CFA). After completing the three months training, successful trainees would be offered full-time employment at the full-fledged restaurant ASTONS and its subsidiaries. If more time is needed for them to hit their learning milestones, they will be offered employment after they have been assessed to be competent in their tasks. Read more about the collaboration.

APSN Café for All is also open to venue booking at no cost, when you purchase food from the Café. Some of the functions we have hosted include Corporate Events, Gathering, Team Bonding, Learning Journeys and Product Launches. This cosy bistro can seat more than 50 pax indoors. View our flyer.

For further enquiries, please contact us at cafe@apsn.org.sg.

Opening Hours

Monday 9.30am to 4.30pm
Tuesday 9.30am to 4.30pm
Wednesday 9.30am to 4.30pm
Thursday 9.30am to 4.30pm
Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm
Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays and Centre Breaks Closed

Address
Kembangan-Chai Chee Community Hub
11 Jalan Ubi, Block 4, #01-31, Singapore 409074

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Bakery Enterprise

Due to the festive season, our regular cookies will not be available till further notice, as our trainees will be busy with Chinese New Year production. We seek for your kind understanding.

Cakes, cookies and pastries sold at APSN Café for All are prepared in the Singapore Food Agency, Halal and HACCP-certified in-house kitchen. Mystical cookies can be customised and sold for various occasions to the public.

View our catalogue here.

Make an order or enquire further! Contact sales@apsn.org.sg or 6346 2425 (Mon-Fri).

Collaboration with Wildness Chocolate

wildness logo

Marie Monmont, founder of social enterprise Wildness Asia, flew from New Zealand to Singapore to train beneficiaries at APSN Centre for Adults to manufacture and package organic chocolates.

Organic ganache-filled chocolates with Pure Dark cocoa and fruits/nuts from around the world are now handcrafted by our friends with special needs. Trainees benefit from the experience gained and allowances from producing chocolate for Wildness Asia.

Wildness is a well-established company in the Rimutaka Prison, Wellington NZ, where inmates are working and getting paid normal wages.

Netflix videographer Marylin Touret has worked on numerous international films and TV projects. She joined us from France to make this video capturing Marie and the Chocolate Factory magic with her team.

Catering Management

At the Catering Enterprise, our trainees prepare daily meals for the Centre’s in-house canteen, vegetarian meals for elderly homes and external orders in a commercial-standard, well-equipped and Singapore Food Agency-certified kitchen.

View our catalogue here.

Contact us at cafe@apsn.org.sg or 6346 2425 to place an order.

Contract Work

Trainees engage in production work, such as manually packing and readying packages to be sold. Here are some examples of manufacturing and packing-related opportunities:

  • Pasting of labels on commercial cartons (e.g. egg trays, stationeries, etc.)
  • Packing of general items and goodie bags (e.g. antenatal bags)
  • Packaging screws
  • Removal of decal stickers on plywood board

Some examples of companies who have engaged our trainees are Giant Singapore, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital and more.

To collaborate or engage our services, please contact us here.

Achievements

2020

APSN Café for All awarded the SG Clean quality mark.

First local disability service/sheltered workshop to be awarded the prestigious ISO 9001:2015 certification.

Finalist for the “Most Transformational Collaboration“ Award at the 5th Annual Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (SICC) Awards for Collaborative Innovation. Selected for our innovative partnerships with Aegis Building & Engineering Pte Ltd and ASTONS Specialities.

Introduced new contract work opportunities including:

  • Car Decal, advertisement boards in collaboration with BusAds;
  • Bottling and labeling hand soap, body wash and scents in collaboration with My French Concession.

Collaboration with  Nimbus, a facilities management business that provides maintenance and space-up-keeping services to train and employ our trainees.

2019

Entered the Singapore Book of Records for Largest Logo made out of Cookies at the Sesame Street Run. Each cookie is dyed according to the Sesame Street 50th Anniversary logo and were meticulously arranged by trainees from APSN Centre for Adult’s Bakery Enterprise.

APSN Café for All, Catering Kitchen and Bakery awarded halal certification from MUIS. “APSN Café For All in collaboration with ASTONS” is renamed “APSN Café For All in collaboration with Andes by ASTONS”.

Collaborated with Dancing Elephant to supply cookies.

Collaborated with The Social Space to supply cakes.

Featured by bloggers and influencers including Ms Tam Chiak, Seth Lui, Working with Grace, Rainbow Diaries, The Mums and Babies, InstaSG, 365days2play, mmlittlee, Six Meals Per Day, Social Space Magazine.

2018

Teamed up with local diner ASTONS to rebrand our Café Sheltered Enterprise, which was renamed ‘APSN Café for All & ASTONS Express’. The programme provides training and employment opportunities directly with ASTONS.

Partnered with Aegis Building & Engineering to create new job opportunities in maintenance engineering for persons with special needs.

2017

Awarded prestigious HACCP certification for our Bakery programme.

Sealed the deal with Singapore Airlines to produced in-flight cookies.

2014

Diamond Award, Community in Bloom Awards 2014

First Runner Up, Singapore Garden Festival, Gardeners’ Cup 2014

2012

Platinum Award, Community in Bloom Awards 2012

First Runner-up, Singapore Garden Festival, Gardeners’ Cup 2012

2008

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2007

Silver Award, Community in Bloom Awards 2007

    • Designed and maintained by clients
    • Staff was also one of the six Singaporeans to be recognised and awarded a Community in Bloom ambassadorship for active and outstanding involvement in training volunteers and clients in gardening.

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