Remember all the PR on about the various schemes to help the elderly get retrained so they can work until they drop dead or become so frail that the qualify for public assistance which is enough for 2 meals a day. ...I've always wondered why so many old folks end up as cleaners even after all that retraining. For myself, I've already trained myself trained to clean tables because it is unlikely the nearby coffee shop will hire me as a helper instead of those pretty Shanghainese girls.
Read about what really happens when you try to get on one of those govt retraining programmes....
June 9, 2007
An oldie goes in search of training
MUCH has been said about retraining and putting oldies like myself back into the workforce to boost the economy. But where and how do I start?
I called the Community Development Council to ask where and how I could get retrained. The officer who answered my call asked me to call NTUC because they 'don't have retraining'. I did as told and a woman told me that they are training folks for ElderCare, i.e., as caregivers to the elderly.
Why don't I try the Centre for Seniors, she suggested. Again, I did as told.
This time, I was told: 'Oh, we train the elders who are already in the workforce. Try the Workforce Development Agency.'
Margaret Mary Chan Mui Thye (Ms)