UNIQLO and APSN Delta Senior School Unveiled “Retail @ DSS”” First Fashion Retail Training Space for Students with Special Needs


UNIQLO, the global casual apparel retailer, and APSN Delta Senior School (APSN DSS), a vocational training school under the Association of Persons with Special Needs (APSN), unveiled today a customised retail training space Retail @ DSS for students with special needs. Retail @ DSS, the first-of-its-kind in a special education (SPED) school in Singapore set up by an apparel company, aims to provide students skillsets required in a real-world retail setting by simulating a UNIQLO store environment. This is also the first of such initiative by UNIQLO in any parts of the world.

The Retail @ DSS space has been launched and used primarily by students in their final year of the Retail Operations programme since January this year and have been welcomed by students and parents for this initiative. UNIQLO provided lesson plans, training materials as well as assisted in the set-up of the authentic fashion retail store in the classroom, while APSN DSS customised their curriculum with reference to UNIQLO’s prescribed training manual to cater to the learning capabilities of their students. UNIQLO also provided training support for APSN DSS trainers.

UNIQLO commits to make the world a better place through every aspect of our business, and that includes engaging local communities to make a positive impact. Retail @ DSS is another initiative of UNIQLO Singapore to support people with disabilities. Through the special retail training space, APSN DSS could help their students develop important skills and help them better in seeking, securing and sustaining employment in the retail industry in the future.

At the media tour of the facility, Mr. Yuichi Ito, COO of UNIQLO Singapore shared: "This project is part of UNIQLO's ongoing efforts in working with local communities and helping Persons with Disabilities (PWD). UNIQLO Singapore has been conducting In-Store Shopping Experience and other events to help PWD to develop confidence and life skills. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with APSN DSS to set up Retail @ DSS, and to create avenues for their students to hone their skills for the real world."

Retail @ DSS is part of the school’s Retail Operations Department programme headed by Mr. Khairul Iqram. The training conducted within the simulated UNIQLO retail space includes tasks such as product replenishment, product and mannequin display and basic cleaning procedures required in stores.

Working with industry partners to set up spaces, such as Retail @ DSS, is aligned with the APSN’s goal to equip persons with special needs through best practices in education, training and support services, for open employment and life-long learning in partnership with stakeholders and community.

On the partnership with UNIQLO, Mr. Victor Tay, President of APSN, commented: “This collaboration with UNIQLO is a right step for APSN as we strongly believe in empowering our beneficiaries with not only the most pertinent skill set that allows them to secure jobs and contribute to Singapore's economy in the retail sector, but also the confidence in competing for a job when they go out into the working world. At APSN, our goal is to ensure that we have instilled the best in our beneficiaries so that they can achieve an independent life while fostering an inclusive society.”

Mrs Zubaidah Bee Binte Abdullah, mother of 19-year-old Muhammad Noorullah S/O Abdul Razak who is a 3rd year student in the Retail Operations Programme, was happy that UNIQLO had set up an authentic fashion store in the classroom. She shared: "Retail @ DSS allows my son to receive practical training in fashion retail where he can be equipped with invaluable hands-on experience. I feel that this new learning opportunity will give him more confidence when he applies for jobs in future.”

ABOUT APSN and DELTA SENIOR SCHOOL Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) is a voluntary welfare organisation that strives to enable persons with special needs to be active contributors in society by inspiring and building the capabilities of her partners and the community and leading advocacy efforts towards an inclusive society. The Association runs four special education schools namely APSN Chaoyang School (APSN CYS), APSN Katong School (APSN KS), APSN Tanglin School (APSN TS), APSN Delta Senior School (APSN DSS) as well as a Student Care Centre (APSN SCC) and a Centre for Adults (APSN CFA).

Founded in 1997, APSN Delta Senior School (DSS) was conceived as a post-secondary school within APSN. Students who graduated from APSN secondary schools (Tanglin School) at age 16 years would proceed to DSS for vocational training. In 2008, was accredited as an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) by the Workforce Development Agency (now the SkillsFuture Singapore Agency).