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UBS sponsors AWWA's TEACH ME Inc. BusinessAccess
President S R Nathan of Singapore and Rory Tapner, Chairman & CEO of UBS in Asia Pacific, today officially opened the Asian Women's Welfare Association's (AWWA) TEACH ME Inc.'s (TM Inc.) BusinessAccess centre. UBS is a proud sponsor of the project, which aims to help disabled youths to enter the workforce, and which is in line with a key theme of UBS's global community affairs programme - 'Regeneration of the Community',
"UBS is extremely proud to sponsor this TM Inc. initiative which I am confident will go a long way to ensuring that many young people gain independence and are not marginalized by their physical disabilities," said Christine ONG, Country Head, UBS Singapore.
In Singapore, UBS is a strategic corporate partner of TM Inc., a programme set up by AWWA, to prepare physically disabled youths for open employment while they are still in mainstream education.
TM Inc's BusinessAccess centre will assist those unable to join the open employment market because of the severity of their disability but whom, nonetheless, possess entrepreneurial business acumen. The centre will provide support in a 'packaged-office environment' at nominal rates during the formative years, to allow them to start niche businesses.
Volunteers from UBS are working closely with TM Inc to help with the development and implementation of its business and marketing plan for the BusinessAccess centre and its clients.
"We are delighted to be able to help with both the theoretical and practical work experience aspect of the BusinessAccess programme. UBS and other companies in Singapore stand to be significant beneficiaries of the skills acquired by those who receive support from the BusinessAccess centre," Ong added.
Over the past three years, UBS has supported the TM Inc. programme both through financial sponsorship as well as the involvement of UBS staff and management in the organization of activities designed to prepare physically disabled students for work life.
UBS volunteers helped formulate and conduct the "UBS-TM Inc. I Can! Series," a comprehensive programme that teaches skills required to secure a job, such as resume writing, interview technique, and career coaching. UBS business units have also offered physically disabled students internships, providing mentoring and hands-on work experience, some of which have resulted in permanent employment.
Employees of UBS have also organized social events for in excess of 80 physically disabled young people including therapy with dolphins and visits to the cinema.
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