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A hawker with a dream
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A hawker with a dream

“Three years ago, I started a hawker stall with my friend. We worked 15 hours a day and even opened another stall within the year. But we were over-worked and we soon burned out. I turned to drinking as a form of stress relief and eventually became an alcoholic. I raked up a huge debt...

Seizing The Opportunity
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Seizing The Opportunity

“I’ve always enjoyed cooking but as a single mother of 3, it was a challenge to afford such courses. So when I found out about the training subsidies available to me at HCSA Academy, I knew I had to seize this opportunity to finally pursue my interest.  With the subsidies, I could undergo the Academy’s...

An eye-opening experience
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An eye-opening experience

“I’m a husband and a father of two young children. My dream has always been to set up my own catering company – one that offers the best service to my customers. Now that I have Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts from HCSA Academy, I really hope to move on and complete my Diploma if...

A better person – in and out of the kitchen
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A better person – in and out of the kitchen

Being in and out of prison several times since 23, I was determined to make a better life for myself – away from my previous life as a musician. The task seemed like an uphill battle, but I made up my mind to upgrade myself. Hence, I join HCSA Academy’s culinary training course. For me,...

A second chance to achieve my dreams
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A second chance to achieve my dreams

“Cooking was always a passion of mine. Unfortunately, my incarceration got in the way and I was unable to pursue it for some time. So, when my halfway house officer told me about HCSA Academy, I knew I had to sign up because it was a second chance for me to get back in the...

I am keen to learn whatever they teach me
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I am keen to learn whatever they teach me

“Despite working in hawker centres for a long time, I still lacked certifications that many employers were looking for. So would I be working in the restaurant I’m in now without HCSA Academy? Probably not. It really helps when employers hear that I have gone through this culinary course. Although I’m still getting used to working...

Our first female culinary graduate
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Our first female culinary graduate

“I first decided to sign up for HCSA Academy’s culinary course because cooking reminded me of the times I spent back at home with my mother, before landing myself in a girl’s home. My first day felt slightly uncomfortable as I did not expect to be the youngest and the only girl! Being surrounded by...

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他当过总裁坐过牢如今想开咖啡厅

A former CEO of a trading company, Joseph Lin, 64, spent over 20 years serving multiple prison sentences. Today, he has turned over a new leaf and is pursuing his dream of opening his own cafe, because of HCSA Academy’s six-week culinary training course. HCSA Academy, which celebrated it’s first anniversary on 8 May 2019,...

Transforming lives through culinary skills training
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Transforming lives through culinary skills training

SINGAPORE, 8 May 2019 – What do an ex-CEO, ex-musician and a 15-year old teenager have in common? They are all graduates of HCSA Academy, which turns one today. Officially declared open a year ago, on 8 May 2018 by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Member of Parliament, Jalan Besar GRC, HCSA Academy is the latest programme...

From convict to chef
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From convict to chef

“At the age of 17, I served a two-year prison sentence for illegal business involvement and came to HCSA Highpoint for rehabilitation upon my release. I stayed at Highpoint for nearly three years, where I worked as a part-time mover while studying for my ‘O’ Level examinations. This year, I was fortunate enough to complete...

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