She’s done much for you and the fam – time to return the favour.
Singapore offers many opportunities for your helper to gain both technical skills and business skills beyond her current job working for your family. Here are courses she can sign up for – from entrepreneurship to dressmaking and hospitality management – if she’d like to someday work in another field or start her own business when she returns to her home country.
FAST offers a Basic Entrepreneurship programme ($110). The 32-hours course runs over eight sessions, and is designed to help students develop their passions into a marketable business opportunity.
HOME Academy’s Financial Planning course ($100) includes managing income, saving and financial planning. The course runs every first and third Sunday, while the Philippine Bayanihan Society (Singapore)’s Bookkeeping & Accounting course (price on request) runs on Sundays, with morning and afternoon sessions available.
Bunda Network also has a Financial Planning course aimed at Indonesian foreign workers. It costs $20 for five sessions from 24 April 2020.
HOME Academy has a six-month dressmaking course ($250) teaching measuring, patterns and sewing skills. Sessions run every second and fourth Sunday. ACMI’s dressmaking course ($120) covers the basics of dressmaking and using a sewing machine on the first Sunday of each month for five months.
Philippine Bayanihan Society (Singapore) offers Basic and Advanced tailoring and dressmaking (price on request), on Sundays, with morning or afternoon sessions. Bunda Network offers Sewing classes on Sunday afternoons ($30) starting from 15 March 2020 at North Bridge Centre.
ACMI offers Baking Biscuit & Cake, and Baking Bread & Pastry courses ($100 each), which run for ten sessions, on Sundays. Two popular cooking courses are also available here: Cooking Asian Menu and Cooking International Culinary. Each course costs $112, runs for 10 weeks, and on Sundays.
Expat Kitchen has a series of four, three-hour classes ($475) which covers baked treats, cakes, scones and savoury dishes like bread and pizza bases. It also conducts a Kitchen’s Basic Cooking Class for helpers with four, three-hour classes covering basic kitchen skills, hygiene and recipes for breakfast, dinner and desserts, and an Intermediate class with more advanced recipes. Both Basic and Intermediate courses cost $475, with various dates and time slots available.
For vegan families, Little Green Kitchen offers a range of hands-on cooking classes ($85) from gluten-fee meals to Southeast Asian dishes. Private classes can also be arranged with at least four participants.
Is there a specific local dish you would like your helper to prepare? GrandMother’s Recipes offers classes for one dish meals ($130 per class) as well as a five-day course for beginners and domestic helpers ($520), which includes tips on how to plan a four-course meal.
(image:Courtesy of HOME Academy)
FAST offers several massage and beauty training options such as foot reflexology, and traditional mesotherapy courses (price on request) – each 20 hours in duration – through its training partner SOHA Institute.
The Philippine Bayanihan Society (Singapore)’s Basic and Advanced Aromatherapy course (price on request) teaches massage therapies and the basics of essential oils, while its Cosmetology course covers hairstyling, cutting and make-up techniques.
FAST offers several caregiving courses, taught by FAST training partner ARIA. Basic Infant Care Skills ($110) teaches the basics of baby care, feeding and wellness in an 20-hour course, which can be done on Sundays. An extensive home based maternal and infant care course held on Sundays ($176) covers education on maternal care, and training on infant care, situational care including emergency situations and in-home care.
GoForth Training Centre’s Nursing Assistant course consists of five modules (from $95) and practical placement experience ($70) at a nursing home. Modules include Fundamentals of Nursing Aid, Care for Elderly & Special Children, and Home Management & Nutrition.
By Karola Clark, from The Finder (Issue 293), June 2018 / Updated by Muneerah Bee, February 2020
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