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EMPOWER Circles 2nd Conversation Series on

Progressive Hiring Practices for HR Professionals & Heads of SMEs

In partnership with SHRI, the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) Foundation aims to bridge the hiring organisations with the untapped resources in the community.

EMPOWER Circles is a peer learning platform to forge understanding on progressive hiring practices to fulfil manpower needs and support the employability of vulnerable individuals to enter or re-enter the workforce. Join us in the series of 3 conversations, to find out how vulnerable individuals can be empowered with employment; how progressive hiring practices help in sustaining employment; and how the resource pipeline can be tapped while the social service agencies support their other needs and prepare them for employment.


  1. To create awareness on empowering vulnerable individuals through employment
  2. To promote progressive hiring practices that enable sustainable employment
  3. To bridge HR professionals with partners for the untapped talent pipeline



Women Faced with Challenges:

Balancing work and caregiving responsibilities for low-income mothers

by Daughters Of Tomorrow

Tue, 31 May 2022


Homeless Individuals: 

Restoring hope and dignity to the displaced in our community

by New Hope Community Services

Tue, 28 June 2022


Persons with Mental Health Conditions:

Enabling employees with mental health conditions to thrive

by Singapore Association for Mental Health

Tue, 26 July 2022

Time: 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Platform : Zoom
Fee : Free

Session Details

Conversation: Women Faced with Challenges

Balancing work and caregiving responsibilities for low-income mothers

62% outside the workforce are women, with family responsibilities as the top reason for keeping them away from work1

“Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.” – Sharon Jaynes

Session Highlights:

  • Employment landscape for low-income women
  • Job coaches’ experiences on creating opportunities for mothers to return to work and sustain employment
  • Sharing and discussion on what works for companies in adopting progressive hiring practices
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Presented by: Daughters of Tomorrow

Empowering Women, Enabling Families. Daughters Of Tomorrow (DOT) mission is to facilitate livelihood opportunities for underprivileged women and support them in achieving financial independence and social mobility for their families. They serve women from low-income families who are also women who face limitations on access to employment due to caregiving responsibilities, lack of flexible employment practices, focused training, and skills-enhancement. DOT comes in to complement existing training and workforce-related agencies by connecting community resources to enable each woman on an individual level.

  1. Labour Force in Singapore, 2021 Edition, ©Manpower Research and Statistics Department, Ministry of Manpower

Conversation: Homeless Individuals

Restoring hope and dignity to the displaced in our community

6 in 10 of the homeless people are in irregular work and earn low wages2

“Don’t try to drive the homeless into places we find suitable. Help them survive in places they find suitable.” – Daniel Quinn

Session Highlights:

  • Voices from the Shelters
  • Job coaches’ experiences in empowering displaced individuals to access meaningful employment towards independence and betterment in their lives
  • Sharing and discussion on how companies implement progressive hiring practices to enable sustainable employment for the marginalised beneficiaries
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Presented by: New Hope Community Services

New Hope Community Services (NHCS) was established in 2004 and has played a crucial role in the community to provide shelter and support to those in need. NHCS recognises that building thriving and resilient families and individuals requires more than just a roof over their heads. As such, they support the families and individuals to break out of the poverty cycle and achieve long term financial resilience and independence.

2. Singapore’s Hidden Homeless: Insights from a Nationwide Street Count by Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, 2019

Conversation: Persons with Mental Health Conditions

Enabling employees with mental health conditions to thrive

In Singapore, the unemployment rate was 11.5%, twice as high among those with a 12-month mental disorder than those without at 4.8%3

“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” – Glenn Close

Session Highlights:

  1. Sharing by employers and/or person with mental health condition on their employment journey
  2. Sharing and discussion on employment barriers and ways in overcoming them to enable open employment for persons with mental health conditions
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Presented by: Singapore Association for Mental Health

Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH) was established in 1968 and is dedicated in uplifting the lives of persons with mental health conditions and to promote mental wellness within the community. SAMH recognises that while clinical support is essential for persons recovering from mental illness, community-based care is no less important in providing them with a better quality of life and improved acceptance of treatment. Reintegration and rehabilitation will help persons with mental health condition live and work normally within the community. One of the rehabilitation services is to provide training and employment placement for persons with mental health conditions.


3. Subramaniam et al., Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore. 2021.

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