Skills Development Programme (SDP) provides various skills training courses to prepare and equip the visually handicapped for employment or general upgrading so that they could better integrate with the community.

Skills Training include:

  • IT Skills
  • Telemarketing
  • Massage Training
  • Learning to Play Musical Instruments
  • Art and Craft

IT skills

Computer literacy courses are conducted by a staff from SAVH who is assisted by volunteers to the visually handicapped clients generally on a one to one basis. Apart from learning the basic use of the computer, the clients also pick up skills and proficiency in using the Internet, Microsoft Office and social media. Please view Blind IT User Support Programme for more details.

Telemarketing

Our clients are also trained in telemarketing skills and receive on-going training and refresher training at our Telemarketing Centre. The Centre is equipped with accessibility features which assist the blind clients who are training to be telemarketers in their daily tasks. Each computer is fitted with screen reader software and a voice synthesiser to enable the visually handicapped telemarketer to communicate electronically with their employers, prospective customers and prepare reports.

Massage Training

The Massage Training Programme at SAVH started in 1992. Massage techniques taught to the visually handicapped clients includes:-

  • Hand & Foot Reflexology
  • Head and Shoulder Massage
  • Full Body Massage without Oil
  • Sports Massage

Massage training lessons are conducted by instructors from established International massage agencies. Upon successful completion of various courses with attainment of competency, the visually impaired clients are awarded Singapore Work Skills Qualification (WSQ) certification.

Learning to Play Musical Instruments

Interested clients can learn the skills of playing musical instruments such as keyboard, guitar, drum and ocarina under the instructions of qualified teachers in the field.

Art and Craft

Visually handicapped clients could join the Touch Art lessons to learn the skills in making handicraft items and art pieces, under the instructions of the qualified Art Instructors and assistance of volunteers.

Under the SDP, three Social Businesses are established:-

Massage Dine in the Dark Touch Art
Mobile Massage Dining In The Dark Touch Art Studio

 

As can be seen from the profile of the training, the SDP offers holistic development of our visually-handicapped clients. It is with this in mind that training takes on further significance. In the forthcoming future, we look forward to more corporate institutions and private organisations coming forward to fulfil their Corporate Social Responsibilities with us, in the deliverance of informative and entertaining workshops. SDP looks forward to greater collaborations with external and corporate organisations to provide effective training for our clients.

Please contact us at 6251 4331 ext 154 or ext 151 for training. Alternatively you may also email your enquiries to sdp@savh.org.sg.