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Sheltered Workshops

Sheltered Workshops provide job training and self-enrichment programmes for adults with disabilities.

More places in Sheltered Workshops

In March 2024, the Ministry of Social and Family Development announced plans to add 500 places in Sheltered Workshops by 2030, up from the current 1,700.



Sheltered Workshops offer employment and/or vocational training to adults with disabilities who do not possess the competencies or skills for open employment.

Sheltered workshops allow participants to practice in jobs or tasks where the processes are either simple or broken down into simpler steps. Participants will gain valuable experience at the workshop, thereby improving their prospects for open employment.

SG Enable provides referral to government-aided Sheltered Workshops for adults with disabilities in Singapore, and also works with selected Sheltered Workshops to offer the Sheltered Workshop-to-Work Programme.

Who can Apply

Applicants should be:

  1. 18 years old and above#^
  2. Singapore citizens of Permanent Residents1
  3. Diagnosed with congenital disabilities of the following nature:
    • Physical
    • Intellectual (IQ level of less than 70)
    • Sensory (Hearing/Visual Impairment)
    • Developmental (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder)
    • A combination of two or more of the above
    • *Applicants with acquired disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants may not be eligible if they have one or more of the following:

  • They have untreated infectious disease
  • They are suffering from serious psychotic disorders and/or serious behavioural problems that require them to be under close individual supervision or nursing care.

#Special needs children of SPED School-going age should be encouraged and assisted to remain in School for as long as possible. Parents of SPED graduands may approach their School to discuss the transition plans of the children prior graduating from School.

^Persons with disabilities who are below age 21 would need the consent of parents or legal guardians for their application.

1 For Permanent Residents, at least one immediate family member must be a Singapore Citizen. Immediate family member refers to spouses, parents, children of the applicant, including step-parents and step-children.

How to Apply

Please approach a social worker from a touchpoint (e.g. Social Service Agency (SSA), hospital, etc.) for assistance in submitting an application to SG Enable. If you are currently not receiving support from any social service or medical touchpoints, you may approach SG Enable for assistance with submitting an application.

Submissions of applications to SG Enable

  1. Online submission (Recommended)
    Log into e-Services using your CorpPass

    If required, you may download the forms below for use:

    Read More Day Activity Centres - Care and skills training for persons with disabilities during the day

  2. OR

  3. Hard copy submission
    Download the application form, print and send together with the required documents

    By Post
    SG Enable - Adult Disability Services
    20 Lengkok Bahru
    Singapore 159053

    By Email

Upon receiving the referral, SG Enable will contact you to provide information to help you make an informed decision on your choice of service.

Acceptance into the programme at the preferred centre is subject to the availability of vacancies and approval of the centre management.

Application Processing

SG Enable will contact you within 10 working days upon receiving the completed application together with the required supporting documents from the touchpoint. SG Enable will also update the social worker who assisted in the application on the status of the application.

More Information

For more information about Sheltered Workshops, please visit our frequently asked questions page.

To learn more about the Sheltered Workshop programmes provided by different organisations, please download the Sheltered Workshop Programme Service Matrix (PDF).

Have additional enquiries? Contact SG Enable or call 1800-8585-885.