With many retail brands onboard the programme this year, NorthLight students were able to gain relevant work experience in this area
With more students on the programme, the CAG team reached out to Changi’s airport partners to interest more of them to join the programme. From just four airport partners and two CAG divisions in the programme’s first year, it now has 26 airport partners and six CAG divisions. In 2018 particularly, a slew of retail brands opened their doors to the programme. Colonial Club, Converse and Discover Singapore are some of the newest partners onboard.
Feedback from the students also gave rise to the introduction of a mentorship component in the programme in 2017. Most students were apprehensive and nervous about their very first working experience, but having a mentor helped to alleviate the stress and uncertainty. Now, a group of 46 CAG staff are paired with students to help give emotional support, and provide guidance and encouragement. It makes a big difference to have someone there for them during their short stint at the airport. The mentors help the students to set simple goals and support them throughout their journey to keep track of their progress. They also take the students out for lunch and drop by regularly to ensure that they are settling in well.
John Ong, Manager, Safety Management, Master Planning & Develop at CAG, and a mentor volunteer at this year’s programme said, “I attended the graduation ceremony on the last day of the programme. As soon as I stepped into the hall, my mentees run up to me and gave me high-fives. Seeing their faces light up with pride upon the completion of the attachment is the main reason why I volunteer as a mentor.”
“When they see that someone cares about them because they want to, not because they have to, they start to believe in themselves. The life we end up changing could also be our own.”
Changi Foundation was set up to support disadvantaged youths. Despite their challenges and difficulties, these youths have many hopes and dreams for the future. Programmes like the 5-Day Job Attachment help NorthLight students be ready for the work force and get them one step closer to pursuing their aspirations.