31 Jul '15, 4pm

New programmes to change negative perceptions of housekeeping industry

New programmes to change negative perceptions of housekeeping industry

SINGAPORE: A slew of programmes targeted at the housekeeping sector has been rolled out by the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) in an effort to change the negative perception Singaporeans have towards the industry. Mr Lim Zhi Yang, 27, works in the housekeeping department at Fairmont Singapore. He is part of a younger generation of Singaporeans joining an area traditionally dominated by older workers or foreign labour. A recent survey by the Association of Singapore Housekeepers showed that only one in three housekeeping staff are Singaporeans. Many are not keen because they perceive the job as labour intensive, has no skills training and lacks opportunities for career progression. But Mr Lim said there is more to housekeeping than keeping rooms clean. "As a room attendant, it definitely requires some physical effort, (but) I wouldn't say entirely,” he said. “H...

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