A new work-study programme will be launched in March to help young people enter the street vendor market. The Post-Diploma Work-Study (Hawkerpreneurship Certificate), which is part of the Work-Study Skills Future Singapore programme, is the first of its kind.
The programme was announced by the Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment, Amy Khor, at the second edition of the SG Hawker Seminar.
The 12-month program, which will take place for the first time in March, is open to all graduates of the polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education. The module, which began its first edition last month, is taught by the Asian Culinary Institute at Nanyang Polytechnic.
Participants receive classroom training for two months, followed by four months of training and six months of mentoring by experienced street vendors.
The program can accommodate approximately 50 people over a three-year period, and mentors and interns receive monthly training scholarships of $ 500 and $ 1,000, respectively.
As of January 1 of this year, more than 170 people have completed the HDP training phase and 41 of them are in the final phase of setting up their incubation station.
Due to the encouraging response, the number of training locations under the program will increase from 100 to 300 locations over the next two years.
As a result, the number of hatchery stands under the Hatchery Stand Program (ISP) will increase from 20 to 80 stands in the coming years.
ISP supports budding street vendors by providing prefab stalls and subsidized rentals for 15 months.
Distributors received digitization support in the form of a new module introduced by NEA and SSG entitled Adapt to Change – Digitization for Street Vendors under the HDP.