CGTN Interview


EtonHouse International Education Group comes forward to help affected SIA staff

Battered by the impact of COVID-19, the airline industry is struggling to pay their staff – with some even cutting jobs.

To help weather this storm, airline staff unions and the national trades union congress are working with other industry partners to enrol the affected workers in traineeship programmes or place them in new jobs.

Several businesses have also come forward to help. One of them is the international education group, EtonHouse, which has offered to hire over a 100 Singapore Airlines staff members.

On 18 November 2020, CGTN, an internationally renowned media, published an interview with Mr Ng Yi-xian, Executive Director of EtonHouse International Education Group to share more about this recruitment initiative.

Mr Ng Yi-xian, Executive Director of EtonHouse said, “The idea is that we have two tracks in this program. The first one is to become a teacher, where there is a place and train program and there is a second track where you can work in the administration arm.”

Fleur Ong is one of the beneficiaries of this program. After almost a decade as a cabin crew member, she decided to switch careers.

Fleur Ong, Senior Parent Liaison Executive of EtonHouse said, “With my experience working with people from different countries and cultures, I think it would be beneficial to help me build positive relationships with them.”

Fleur wasn’t the first SIA staff to join EtonHouse. Mrs Ng Gim Choo, Founder and Group MD of the EtonHouse Group said,“We have several former SIA staff in our organisation who started as teaching assistants and then grew to the position of principal and executive principal. I wanted to start this programme to reach out to the wonderful SIA staff who may have lost their jobs and are looking for a meaningful career path.”

Ms Josephyne Ho, Senior Principal of EtonHouse Pre-School Mountbatten 223, interacting with pupils. Ms Ho, a former Singapore Airline air stewardess, found her calling as a motivator of children and teachers.

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This page was last edited on December 4, 2020