As part of the professional development, 28 participants from the Unity Secondary School comprising teachers, administrative staff and Executive Committee of the Parents Support Group visited the Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF) on 15 November 2018 to keep abreast of the future work trends in the co-operative industry. The talk will help them in guiding their students when they make informed education and career decision, with working in an co-operative as one of their options.
As the apex body of the co-operative movement in Singapore, SNCF promotes and develops co-operatives as sustainable enterprises that address social and economic needs through the principle of self and mutual help so as to foster a more resilient society. SNCF provides comprehensive programmes help co-operatives to strengthen their enterprises so that they can better serve their members, and the broader community as well as transform the national economy.
We are delighted to have two of our credit co-operatives, namely The Singapore Teachers’ Co-operative Society Ltd and Singapore Shell Employees’ Union Co-operative Ltd and SNCF’s interns sharing with the participants about their co-operatives and internship respectively.
Foo Chuan Yang, Senior Manager of Credit Sector (SNCF) shared about the role of SNCF
Teo Chor Kai, Senior Manager of The Singapore Teachers’ Co-op briefed about his co-operative
The Singapore Teachers’ Co-operative Society Ltd provides a range of financial products and services such as saving, loans to its members. Singapore Teachers’ Co-operative helps its members to save and avoid excessive debts through its thrift and loan service offerings..
If you are a teacher or a school staff, you can be their members!
Rendy Chen shared about Singapore Shell Employees’ Union Co-operative
The Singapore Shell Employees’ Union Co-operative Ltd aims to promote the economic interest of its members throuhg a self-help mechanism i.e. encouraging the value of saving and offering small loans on reasonable terms to help their members. The Singapore Shell Employees’ Union Co-operative also offers employment services such as supplying temporary and contract staff to Shell and other corporate clients.
Membership of the co-operative is open to all ordinary members, employees of the co-operative and Singapore Shell Employees’ Union (SSEU).
Wu Jiaqing, Relationship Manager (NTUC & Service Sectors), SNCF shared about NTUC and Service Sectors
The NTUC Sector was formed by the Labour Movement with the primary purpose of serving workers and their families through moderating the cost of living. Examples of co-operatives under NTUC Sector are NTUC FairPrice Co-operative, NTUC Foodfare Co-operative, NTUC Health Co-operative, NTUC First Campus Co-operative, NTUC Income Co-operative, etc.
Co-operatives under the Service Sector provide a wide range of services, including environmental, security, travel, aged care, management corporation and welfare. For example, Silver Horizon Travel Co-operative promotes active living and learning through customised travel programmes for the seniors, ISCOS, extending friendship and support to ex-offenders and their families so that they can lead a meaningful and productive lives, Seacare Co-operative, helping Singapore seamen and their families through more work opportunities, , SECUREGUARD Security Services Co-operative, providing effective security services, etc..
Jed Senthil, Relationship Manager (Campus & Youth) shared about SNCF Campus & Youth Programme
SNCF Campus and Youth Sector aims to inculcate the entrepreneurship spirit among students of secondary schools, colleges, polytechnics and universities. The Campus and Youth programmes such as Coop Clubs offer students a first-hand experience of running a business with emphasis on sustainability and co-operative values. Through equipping them with business and leadership skills, students are able to apply the co-operative values and knowledge taught in their activities. The Campus and Youth programmes also provide students with the opportunity to do their Value in Action sessions with our affiliates by bringing cheer to the elderly.
Ernest Hang from RP shared his internship experience
Ernest Hang, a Year 3 student who is pursuing his Diploma in Social Enterprise Management in the Republic Polytechnic (RP) shared about his six-month internship with SNCF starting August 2018. His two-month stint has seen him stretching himself such as from being a shy person to someone who takes the initiative to share about SNCF Scholarship programme with the students studying in colleges and polytechnics. Beyond that, he has also learnt how to better manage his time with the various projects that he is involved in.
Mariya, Anya and Linette from CHIJ Katong Convent’s sharing their one-week internship experience
Three Secondary Three students from the CHIJ Katong Convent shared about their week-long job attachment experience in SNCF. Part of their job scope was to share their internship experience in this presentation. The participants from the Unity Secondary School were delighted to hear from them and curious to find out more on how they get their internship stint in SNCF.
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