*SCAPE, a popular haunt for youths, well-known for its weekend flea markets, has undergone another revamp – this time with expanded retail spaces and a chance for youth entrepreneurs to showcase their skills.
On 9 November 2013, Republic Polytechnic was involved with the revamp of the mall as part of *SCAPE’s effort to engage students. Besides planning the programme for the launch, the Diploma in Social Enterprise Management (DSEM) students were also involved in helping one of the new tenants, Socialution, which sells accessories made by the less advantaged. This is *SCAPE’s second collaboration with RP and Friends of the Disabled.
Mr Lee Hong Chuang, Chairman of *SCAPE Co. Ltd, said this showed how well students can perform when they are given a chance. “We want students to know that there are things they can do out of their school compound, and this was an opportunity for them to apply what they have learnt in school in a real environment and gain more experience.”
The event was graced by guest of honour Mr Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry, who said this was an excellent opportunity for students to hone their business skills. “This is a good place to start, as this is where we can encourage and nurture them instead of throwing them into the very risky world of business straightaway,” Mr Teo told the Republican Post.
That afternoon, Mr Teo and his guests went on a tour around the newly refurbished *SCAPE mall and *SCAPE Underground, which includes 16 new kiosk spaces and two bigger F&B units, along with new façade lighting and a new staircase which leads to the entrance.
Mr Teo also stopped several times to chat with shop owners, most of whom are young entrepreneurs.