Agape Connecting People launches training and job placement centre to help ex-offenders and vulnerable communities

Agape Connecting People launches training and job placement centre to help ex-offenders and vulnerable communities

Centre is supported by Barclays Singapore and is expected to train 1,000 and job place 400 Beneficiaries over the next 12 months.

Singapore, 16 April 2021 – Agape Connecting People (Agape), a contact centre services company with a social mission to empower the disadvantaged and marginalised, today announced the launch of a training and job placement centre, supported by Barclays Singapore.

Through the centre situated at Tai Seng, Agape expects to train 1,000 and job place 400 Beneficiaries over the next 12 months, and is also working with other partners including NTUC’s e2i (Employment and Employability Institute), Yellow Ribbon Singapore and other inclusive employers. Beneficiaries include ex-offenders, single mothers, the physically challenged and other vulnerable communities.

Agape is an accredited training organisation (ATO) by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) that offers certified training courses and will equip Beneficiaries with frontline customer experience skills using the design thinking approach. To improve their job placement readiness, Beneficiaries will also undergo other literacy courses covering workplace, digital, financial and wellness topics.

In the first half of 2021, up to 50 Beneficiaries will be selected to undergo a three-month internship programme with Agape and its partner network of inclusive employers.

“Our aspiration is to provide equal reskilling and employment opportunities for the vulnerable communities. We strongly believe this will help them take the pathway of financial independence and rebuilding their lives and families. At the same time, we are thankful for the support provided by our partners,” said Mr. Anil David, Founder of Agape Connecting People.

At Barclays, we are committed to supporting the communities in which we operate and our citizenship efforts are a critical part of this. This is why we are delighted to partner organisations like Agape who play an important part in our society, supporting vulnerable communities and helping people to achieve their ambitions, said Mr. Alexander Harrison, CEO of Barclays Singapore and Head of Corporate Banking, Asia Pacific and Middle East.

“e2i exists to help workers get better jobs for better lives. Agape’s goal to raise up vulnerable communities by giving them purposeful work and training opportunities aligns with ours. We have been partnering Agape on their journey by placing and training of their staff, and we look forward to
continue working with Agape in the long term to create more employment opportunities for vulnerable workers,”
said Mr. Gilbert Tan, CEO of NTUC’s e2i.

“As an ex-offender, Agape has given me a second chance and their environment has helped me to rebuild my life. Their encouragement and bursary support has empowered me to currently pursue my first year university studies at the Singapore University of Social Sciences. I hope to be a good role model to the other ex-offenders who are trying to get back on their feet,” said Mr. Rizwan, an employee at Agape who was recently promoted to a team leader.

As of April 2021, Agape has helped over 600 Beneficiaries and its target is to impact 1,000 Beneficiaries by 2022.

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