A Learning Journey Towards an Inclusive Workforce

A person with mild autism, Down’s Syndrome or physical impairment can contribute productively to the workforce when given appropriate training and job opportunities. Presently, there is a small number of People with Disabilities (PWDs) working in the landscape industry, but more of them can be employed, if proper systems and structures are put in place by companies. Some of these good practices were shared during a Learning Journey organised by CUGE on 25 Nov 2014.

The Learning Journey was hosted by Prince’s Landscape & Construction Pte Ltd, one of the leading employers of PWDs in the landscape industry, at its nursery in Sungei Tengah. The company shared its experiences in taking on PWDs and initiatives put in place when employing PWDs such as job matching and re-design, mentoring the workers, as well as preparing supervisors and colleagues on how to deal with PWDs. This was followed by a tour of Prince’s nursery which showcased how PWDs can perform jobs in nurseries, gardens and other work environments of the landscape industry. Some of the invited guests who came from other divisions were enlightened and impressed with efforts made to include PWDs into the landscape workforce.

For more information on CUGE and its outreach initiatives, please contact us at ask_CUGE@nparks.gov.sg.