Refer to the letter from Mr. Lee Joo Mong on Employing Former Offenders in the Construction Sector (Train Former Offenders for the Construction Sector, Aug 6).

Yellow Ribbon Singapore (YRSG) is working closely with the Singapore Prison Service to provide inmates with skills and employability training that aligns with Singapore’s Skills Framework.

This equips prisoners with nationally recognized skills to make it easier for them to return to work after their imprisonment.

Last year YRSG launched the TAP (Train and Place) and Grow initiative. As part of this initiative, YRSG works with employers, training institutions and community partners to set up training academies in prisons.

This enables inmates to undergo industry-specific training, develop the necessary skills, and enter the industry after their release.

So far, together with our partners, we have set up TAP and Grow for the precision engineering and media sectors, in order to train around 120 prisoners for both sectors every year; other sectors are in preparation.

Over the past year we have seen an increase in the number of construction employers interested in hiring ex-offenders. We worked with them to put ex-offenders into appropriate roles, mostly as construction managers.

This year we’re working with the Building and Construction Authority and the Singapore Contractors Association Limited to investigate the training and placement of ex-offenders in other roles such as foremen and technicians in construction and facility management.

We thank Mr. Lee for his feedback. If there are interested employers who would like to offer former offenders employment opportunities, please contact

Shazwani Babjee

Deputy Director, Partnership @ YR

Yellow ribbon Singapore