Training & Education

EMCC - Barclays LifeSkills Programme

Programme period: February – June 2024
Registration Closing: 1 March 2024
100 Victoria Street #11-02 National Library Building Singapore 188064
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Introducing the EMCC – Barclay’s LifeSkills programme, a comprehensive mental wellness programme, tailored for the unemployed. Through engaging peer support groups, one-to-one counseling sessions, skills training, and job coaching, we aim to empower participants with the tools they need to navigate the challenges and uncertainties during the period of unemployment. Join us on this journey to improved mental wellness and resilience.

Unemployment can bring with it several challenges that affect individuals and families on emotional, financial, and social levels. The uncertainty of finding a new job can lead to increased stress and anxiety. Unemployment can impact self-esteem, especially when societal expectations tie personal worth to employment status. Financial strain and emotional stress can strain relationships with family and friends. It’s important to recognize the multifaceted nature of these challenges and to approach the support of unemployed individuals with empathy and understanding. Providing resources, counselling, and networking opportunities can help address some of these challenges and support individuals during their job search journey.

Programme Objectives

  1.  Address the emotional and mental health challenges associated with unemployment by offering counselling and support services.
  2.  Enhance the employability of participants by providing relevant skills training and facilitating engagement with job coaches.
  3.  Facilitate networking opportunities for participants to connect with fellow participants, and industry professionals through peer support groups and networking sessions.

Programme Components

The programme will consist of 3 major components for each participant.

  1. A Counselling component which would either be one-to-one counselling sessions or through peer support groups.
  2. A Life Skills Training component which will consist of talks by speakers around the area of mental health or skills necessary to navigate the job search period.
  3. A Job Coaching component wherein the participant will be partnered with a job coach who will meet you periodically, to discuss personal goals, overcome personal barriers, and identify employment opportunities. Participants will be asked to complete an additional registration with Workforce Singapore (WSG) or Generation Singapore for this component.

C1 – Job Search Advisory

Workforce Singapore (WSG)’s career advisory team offers job advice and collaborates with you to chart a course of action, bringing you closer to your next job.

C2 – Job Skills Training and Placement Support

Generation Singapore provides training and employment programmes in tech and healthcare sectors to equip you with skills you need for in-demand jobs. Learners receive holistic well-being support, mentorship by industry professionals, interviews with employer partners, placement assistance for up to six months, and more.

Topics Covered

Counselling Track
Session 1 Managing Stress & Anxiety
Session 2 Addressing Trauma due to unemployment & past experiences
Session 3 Dealing with transitions
Session 4 Self-efficacy & Inner Locus of control
Session 5
Session 6 Resilience & Bouncing Back
Peer Support Group Track Date
Friday mornings
10.30am -12pm
Session 1 Emotions and Awareness 23 Feb 2024
Session 2 Managing my negative thoughts 8 Mar 2024
Session 3 Exploring strengths and resources 22 Mar 2024
Session 4 Staying Motivated 5 Apr 2024
Session 5
Strengthening your inner core 19 Apr 2024
Session 6 Boosting Resilience 3 May 2024
Life Skills training
Session 1 Effective interview & resume writing

This comprehensive workshop is designed to empower professionals at all levels and stages of their careers to provide them with the tools they need to land jobs in a competitive market. The workshop focuses on 2 key areas of job search – writing compelling resumes to land interview opportunities and scoring job offers with outstanding interview answers. 

[Speaker: Ms MeiLing Wong – from Career Development Association of Singapore (CDAS)]

1st March 2024; 10.30am – 12pm
Session 2 A Job Seekers’ Guide to Self Awareness & Self Regulation

Job hunting can be a stressful experience. To leverage the odds in our favour, jobseekers tend to overwhelmingly appeal to the rational, conscious aspect of potential employers by highlighting our education, work-experience, and credentials. What many do not realise, is that key decisions are also often unconscious, instinctive, and based on “gut” instinct. Through this neuroscience-informed workshop, participants will develop the self-awareness and practical neurosensory exercises to “read the room,” deactivate under pressure, and show up to the hiring table as their best possible Self. 

[Speaker: Ms Yishan Tan ]

12th April 2024; 11am – 12.30pm
Session 3 Conflict & Me

Conflict management is a crucial skill in both personal and professional settings, as it enables individuals and groups to handle disagreements constructively. Understanding the nature of conflict, the various responses to it, and adopting healthy approaches to manage it can significantly improve relationships and outcomes.
In this 1.5 hours talk, participants will learn about their own conflict approaches, the pros and cons of the different approaches, and find better ways to manage conflict.

[Speaker: Ms Ivy Lee]

28th June 2024; 10.30am – 12pm

Expected Outcomes

At the end of the programme, the participant should have

  1. Addressed the emotional and mental health challenges associated with unemployment by availing counselling or peer support services.
  2.  Enhanced employability abilities due to acquiring relevant skills training and being facilitated by job coaches. 
  3. Increased networking through fellow participants, and industry professionals 

Who should attend

  • Unemployed or job searching for at least 3 months
  • Struggling emotionally due to unemployment

For any enquiries, do reach out to

EMCC has partnered with Barclays to offer this programme to you free of charge.

EMCC – Barclays LifeSkills Programme was designed to help participants be emotionally well and supported during their journey back into employment. This would need your commitment to the following:

  • You are willing to commit to this 6-month programme.  You will attend all the counselling sessions or peer group sessions (based on what track you are assigned) and the Life Skills Training talks.
  • You agree to sign up with WSG or GenSG to engage with a job-matching coach if you are not already part of their programme. This is to increase your chances of getting employed.
  • If you are assigned to the Peer Support Group track, you will avail yourself to attend the sessions on the following Fridays 10:30 am -12:00 pm:
    • 23 Feb 2024
    • 8 Mar 2024
    • 22 Mar 2024
    • 5 Apr 2024
    • 19 Apr 2024
    • 3 May 2024
  • In case of job placement, you will notify EMCC and be willing to share details of your placement and testimonial on how the programme supported you.


Meiling Wong 

Career Coach and Founder of parenting blog, Universal Scribbles 

Meiling is a highly skilled Career Coach with expertise in various aspects of career development. Her accreditation by the International Coach Federation (ICF) underscores her commitment to maintaining high standards in coaching practices.  

Her proficiency in resume writing, interview skills, job search strategies, and career transitions (discovery and options) make her a valuable resource for professionals seeking guidance in their careers. 

Meiling’s diverse corporate background spans over 20 years in MNCs, and government agencies in industries such as media, training, and digital marketing. Her combination of practical corporate experience and coaching proficiency positions her as a trusted advisor for individuals seeking to navigate the complexities of their careers and make informed decisions about their professional journeys. 

Having worked at Workforce Singapore (WSG) and Ingeus Singapore, she has successfully assisted over 500 professionals from different career levels and life stages. This wealth of experience equips her with specialized knowledge in helping individuals navigate their career paths effectively. 


Yi Shan Tan 

Yi Shan is a therapist, speaker and founder of Wholehearted Therapy and Counselling. Her professional work involves using neuroscience to support clients in understanding and navigating between their “survival” and “thriving” states. In doing so, clients develop the knowledge, stability, and competency to live wholeheartedly as the best version of themselves. Yi Shan has previously held mental wellness workshops at MINDEF and the Career Development Association of Singapore. 




Ivy Lee

Ivy is a Level 2 Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI) Accredited Mediator, an Associate Mediator and Associate Trainer for Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) and Eagles Mediation and Counselling Centre (EMCC).

Since 2008, she has mediated a number of commercial and relational disputes at SMC and EMCC. She was also a volunteer at the Small Claims Tribunal (SCT) at the State Courts, mediating small claim disputes. She finds great fulfilment in helping disputing parties work through their issues to arrive at a mutually acceptable outcome through mediation. She regularly conducts training on Conflict Management, Negotiation, and Mediation for various organisations at SMC and EMCC.

Ivy is a certified trainer for the Seven Principles for Making Marriages Work programme (The Gottman Institute). She has also attended Level 1 & 2 Clinical Training of the Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

To increase the effectiveness of our programme, we are partnering with two external agencies who have a proven track record in job advisory and placement: Workforce Singapore and Generation Singapore.

For more information on these agencies and the programmes they offer please take a look at their websites here and here.

To be part of EMCC’s program, we require you to be signed up with either of them.

Please click here to sign up with Workforce Singapore.

Please click here to sign up with Generation Singapore.

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