APSN Centre for Adults
Programmes in CFA
APSN trainees aged 16 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, building & facilities maintenance, 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.
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.
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