SLA Partners Yellow Ribbon SG to Develop Pool of Logistics Specialists

“Hiring ex-offenders is society’s most powerful way of demonstrating acceptance,” said Manpower Minister Dr Tan See Leng, who was the Guest-of-Honour for the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony between SLA and Yellow Ribbon Singapore (YRSG) on 23rd August 2021. 

SLA is proud to partner YRSG to build a more inclusive Singapore for the logistics sector! Under the MOU, SLA’s subsidiary, The Logistics Academy (TLA), and YRSG will collaborate to implement industry-relevant logistics training courses, that seeks to benefit over 500 inmates from this programme annually. SLA will also facilitate employment opportunities for ex-offenders with our member companies. 

“We are excited to embark on this meaningful joint initiative with YRSG that helps to nurture a pipeline of potential logistics specialists, and to allow the logistics community to play our part to re-integrate ex-offenders into our society. The Logistics Academy has a broad spectrum of logistics-centric training experiences and curricula developed by industry practitioners. We look forward to lend our expertise and domain know-how to YRSG’s new logistics training centre for the skills development of inmates and ex-offenders,” said Mr Oh Bee Lock, CEO of SLA. 

The collaboration with SLA is part of YRSG’s “TAP” (Train and Place) and Grow initiative, where YRSG partners employers, training institutions and community partners to set up training academies in prisons. This enables inmates to undergo industry-specific training, develop the requisite skills, and join the industry after their release. Ex-offenders can then continue to deepen their skills for long-term career development and mobility.

A specially curated training curriculum for a Certificate in Logistics Operations by TLA will be conducted in Changi Prison Complex for inmates who are keen to embark on a career in the logistics industry. The course covers fundamental skills and job functions in the logistics industry, such as warehouse management and operations, and transport management and operations. The course is expected to commence in November 2021. 

Upon their release, graduates from these courses may pursue careers in the logistics industry, and further upgrade themselves by pursuing Diploma or Advanced Diploma level with TLA. In addition, YRSG will work closely with SLA and its member companies to facilitate employment opportunities in the logistics industry. 

The MOU was signed at a virtual ceremony by YRSG’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Matthew Wee Yik Keong and SLA’s CEO, Mr Oh Bee Lock, and witnessed by YRSG’s Chairman, Mr Chng Hwee Hong and SLA’s Second Deputy Chairman, Mr Peter Lim. 

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