[SINGAPORE] There were champions at the first two Enabling Employers Awards, which give recognition to employers who offer jobs to handicapped people.
Now, there will be a champion of champions at the third EE Awards, which will be celebrated with a gala dinner this Thursday and graced by Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing.
SG Enable, the EE Awards organiser, has introduced two new awards in this year's event: Leading Employer and Individuals for Commendation.
The Leading Employer award will highlight the employer who has done the most - and done it consistently - to help the disabled stand on their own feet by employing them and making them part of the normal working team.
SG Singapore, which is an agency dedicated to enabling people with disabilities, says eight winners have been picked from a shortlist of 18 employers for the leading award categories - Leading Employer, Leaders, Best Newcomers and Inclusive Projects. The names will be announced at the gala dinner at Gardens by the Bay.
Winners of the last EE Awards in 2012 included the restaurant chain Han's, Eureka Call Centre, Fong Shen Mould and Precision Engineering and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Ku Geok Boon, SG Enable's chief executive officer, said that her agency seeks to enable more handicapped people to become self-reliant through employment. It is taking a two-pronged approach to achieve this: by creating multiple training pathways and expanding the range of work options available for the disabled.
"SG Enable considers the profiles of persons with disabilities and strives to provide training and work exposure for them," Ms Ku said. "It also engages employers to encourage the hiring of persons with disabilities and identify suitable industries or sectors for employment opportunities."
Since the EE Awards kicked off in 2011, more employers have expanded job opportunities for the handicapped.
The EE Awards was launched by the Enabling Employers Network, an alliance of like-minded employers who champion and advance employment opportunities for the disabled.