The Open Door Programme (ODP) is a government funded initiative by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and the Workforce Singapore (WSG). It is supported as part of WSG’s Adapt and Grow initiative and administered by SG Enable.
The Programme aims to encourage employer to hire, train and integrate persons with disabilities.
Employers, who hire persons with disabilities, will be eligible for grants and employment support services under the Programme
- Job Redesign Grant to support re-designing of jobs such as purchases of equipment and workplace modification
- Training Grant for skills-upgrading of persons with disabilities, and training of employees with no disabilities
- Recruitment and Job Support Services
Other schemes, such as the Special Employment Credit, also help to provide financial support to employers.
This grant helps employers to recruit and retain persons with disabilities by supporting 90% of the job re-design costs, capped at $20,000 per employee with disability. It can be used to defray the cost for the following job re-design initiatives:
- Purchase of equipment
- Workplace modifications
- Redesigning of job scopes or processes
- Consultancy Services
Employers are encouraged to support their employees with disabilities to upgrade their skills through training.
a. Training Course Fee
Employers can receive funding of up to 90% of the course fee when they send their employees with disabilities for training courses.
b. Course Fee for co-workers
Employers can receive funding of up to 90% when they send their employees without disabilities to attend workshops/courses to build confidence in working with colleagues with disabilities (e.g. sign language courses, disability awareness workshop)
Employers who register on the ODP Job Portal, will receive recruitment assistance from SG Enable and its appointed partners. For every person with disabilities placed by them, a six-month job support will be provided.
To support employment of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), the SEC was extended to employers that hire PWDs of all ages in 2012. The SEC for PWDs is set at 16% of the employee’s monthly income, up to $240 per month.
Visit SEC website for more details.