As part of St Andrew’s continuing aim to provide our boys with the best holistic education, including opportunities for character development, the acquisition of life skills, and the inculcation of community values and citizenship, SAPTA is thrilled to launch the GOALLS Pilot Program in partnership with GOALLS, a local volunteer group.
Get Out And Learn Life Skills
GOALLS stands for Get Out And Learn Life Skills. The mission of GOALLS is to develop school/employer partnerships that help prepare Singaporean youth to become more successful members of society by gaining part-time work experience. Academic research has linked working part-time as an adolescent to a variety of holistic benefits, including:
- The development of social and emotional competencies (aka “soft skills”), such as greater self-confidence, independence, resilience & perseverance, and communication & interpersonal skills
- The development of practical “life skills,” such as time management, money management, and the capacity to carry out instructions and take on responsibility
- Long-term educational and career benefits, such as higher wages and earnings
- Benefits to society, including promotion of social integration, inter-generational dialogue, and citizenship
How the GOALLS Program Works
During the program, participants will have the opportunity to work part-time for pre-screened employers. Besides receiving guidance from employers, participants will also be guided by GOALLS mentors. This guidance will help participants address potential challenges in the workplace, identify broader life lessons and balance the demands of part-time work with other priorities.
Since employment will occur in the context of a school / employer partnership, participants can earn CCA recognition for completing the program. Participants will be paid for their time spent working.
Pilot Program launched in June 2013
Announced in May, the program had 31 applicants from Secondary 3. Following a Resume Writing and Interview Workshop conducted in school, 18 students attended interviews with our pre-screened employers:
– The American Club
– All Best Foods
The American Club hired 3 of our students, while All Best Foods hired 8 students following their interviews with them. All 11 participants began their employment in the first week of the June holidays.