Background and History
In 1985, a Ministry of Community Development survey revealed that 2,416 (55.1%) out of 4,385 people with disabilities surveyed were unemployed.
In 1985, then Ministry of Community Development and Singapore Council of Social Service jointly started a project to establish employment programs for people with disabilities and that was when Bizlink was entrusted with the task of finding employment for the disadvantaged. In 1988, Bizlink Centre moved into its first premises at 200 Tembling Road.
On 21 January 1995, the management of Bizlink was taken over by a board of directors. On 10 February 1998, Bizlink officially started operations at Chai Chee Lane.
Bizlink is professionally manned with a team of professionals such as psychologists, occupational therapists and social workers to assess vocational skills of clients to improve the opportunities of a job match. It runs a free employment placement programme to seek jobs for clients. For workers with disabilities who are not ready to work in commercial companies, Bizlink runs a sheltered workshop offering business process outsourcing services to commercial companies.
Bizlink Centre is a full member of the National Council of Social Service and receives funding for its approved programmes from the Community Chest of Singapore. Bizlink is also supported by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, which partly funds Bizlink’s approved programmes.