Potential Jobs For 14 Year Olds in Singapore

Jobs for 14 Year Old in Singapore - First of all, the eligible age group for younger people to be employed in Singapore is 13 to 16. So if you are 14 year old and looking for a job in Singapore, it is legal to hire you with several conditions. Your rights are also protected and guaranteed by Employment Act (Chapter 91, Section 70) on Employment (Children and Young Persons) Regulations. It means you can find a job if you are 14 year old and it is in fact important to notice the legality as well.

Children and young persons’ employment must be regulated to improve the employment system for people their age. It could also provide tools for the legal system to go after gross violators. Not only does the Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) acknowledge their rights, but also guarantee protection.

There can be many reasons younger people want a job. Their main priority is supposed to be school but their personal reasons make them want to work to earn money. They can use the money for anything that they need. Be it to buy something related to their hobbies, attempting to be less dependent on their parents’ money, to save for a rainy day, or fulfill their primary needs that can’t be granted by their parents due to financial constraints.

The children and teenagers (young persons) between 13 and 16 year old can work within a certain type of work in industrial and non-industrial settings. Below is the summary according to the regulation.

  • Children (13-15 year old) are allowed to work in non-industrial settings only for light duties. They are not allowed to work in an industrial setting unless working with family members.
  • Teenagers (15-16 year old) are already allowed to work in industrial and non-industrial settings. One of the main conditions is that the employer must notify MOM and submit the employed teenager within 30 days of starting work.

The work time is regulated as well and below are the details.

  • Children (13-15 year old) must not work more than three hours without a 30-minute break. They also must not work more than six hours in a day, including time at school.
  • Teenagers (15-16 year old) must not work more than four hours without a 30-minute break. They also must not work more than seven hours a day, including time at school.
  • Age groups between 13 and 16 must not work between 11pm and 6am.
  • They can’t work during public holiday days without permission from the Commissioner for Labour.
  • Since they attend school, the period of work put in by the child or young person and the period of school attendance shall not in the aggregate exceed six or seven hours, unless they are carried on in any government or other technical school, or under any approved apprenticeship scheme.

Can 14 year old foreign students work in Singapore? The short answer is yes. However, there are extra regulations to follow regarding the work permit.

  • You can apply if you are a full-time matriculated or registered student in one of the approved institutions in Singapore.
  • Since you don’t have a valid work pass, you need to hold a Student Pass issued by the Immigration and Checkpoints.
  • If you are foreign student or trainee under a training programme, you should be holding a Training Work Permit, Training Employment Pass, or under Work Holiday Programme.
  • The maximum work hour for 14 year old foreign students is 16 hours per week.
  • If your job is during school term, you’re suggested to work in a field that contributes towards your graduation requirements.

So if you are a 14 year old foreign citizen in Singapore, the option to be able to work in Singapore without a work pass is to have a Student Pass from the approved institutions. Below is the list of approved institutions.

  • Anglo-Chinese School (International) Singapore
  • Australian International School
  • Canadian International School
  • Chatsworth International School
  • Digipen
  • Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
  • Dulwich College (Singapore)
  • EHL Campus (Singapore)
  • ESSEC Business School (Singapore)
  • GEMS World Academy (Singapore)
  • German Institute of Science and Technology – TUM Asia
  • Government Junior Colleges
  • Government secondary schools
  • Government-aided Junior Colleges
  • Government-aided secondary schools
  • Hollandse School
  • Hwa Chong International School
  • Independent schools
  • INSEAD, Singapore
  • Institute of Technical Education, Singapore
  • International Community School
  • ISS International School
  • LaSalle College of the Arts
  • Lycee Francais De Singapour
  • Millenia Institute
  • Mounbatten Vocational School
  • Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
  • Nanyang Polytechnic
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • National University of Singapore
  • Nexus International School (Singapore)
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  • Overseas Family School Republic Polytechnic
  • Republic Polytechnic
  • S P Jain School of Global Management Singapore
  • Saint Joseph’s Institution International School
  • Sekolah Indonesia
  • Singapore American School
  • Singapore Institute of Technology
  • Singapore Korean International School
  • Singapore Management University
  • Singapore Polytechnic
  • Singapore University of Social Sciences
  • Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • Sorbonne-Assas International Law School – Asia
  • Special Education schools
  • Specialised Independent schools
  • Specialised schools
  • Stamford American International School
  • Swiss School in Singapore
  • Tanglin Trust School
  • Temasek Polytechnic
  • The Japanese School Singapore
  • United World College of South East Asia
  • Waseda Shibuya Senior High School in Singapore
  • Yale-NUS College of National University of Singapore

If you already know your interest, passion, and the skills to offer, it should be easier to find the job you want. For example, if you have interest in watching movies, you should consider working as a movie reviewer. You have the option to work in the company or as a freelancer.

Please, remember that the job you choose should not interfere with your number one priority as a student. Your work schedule should be adjoining with your school schedule including class, doing homework, and extracurricular. Prioritise working in a healthy work schedule and below are several potential job ideas for 14 year olds in Singapore.

1. Waiter/Waitress

Waiter and waitress are responsible to serve food to the customers. They usually work in a restaurant or places where food is being served. This job usually has part-time offers that make it possible for students to work after school. If your application is accepted, you will receive training before starting working and it usually lasts only for a short period of time.

Their duties consist of:

  • Great and welcome the customers
  • Then assist them to their tables, provide the menu, explain it, and answer their questions
  • Take the order
  • Inform the staff in the kitchen about the order
  • Serve the order to the table
  • Collect the payment from the customers
  • Clean and organise the table after the customers left the restaurant

2. Barista

The employers usually want prospective employees to have soft and hard skills to ensure they are able to do the work. Though most opportunities are available for high school students at minimum age, you can still find one that meets their requirements.

Compared to waiters and waitresses, this job requires specific skills that can only be obtained through regular training and the will to perfect the product. It will be up to you whether you can handle the responsibilities and the training process to be a good and professional barista while also busy as a student.

Their duties consist of:

  • Make and serve coffee, tea, artisan, and speciality beverages to the customers
  • Take the order
  • Maintain the cleanliness of the work areas
  • Organise, clean, and sanitise the utensils and equipment
  • Collect the payment from the customers

3. Busser

A busser is a restaurant staff whose role is to reset tables in a speedy professional and effective manner as guests leave the restaurant. They are responsible for the grooming of the entire restaurant and its perimeters, support servers and staff with pre-bussing. This job is usually offered to work at restaurants and café.

Their duties consist of:

  • Greet and welcome the customers
  • Adhere the restaurant’s grooming and appearance standard
  • Assure compliance with all the sanitation and safety guidelines
  • Monitor the dining section to empty and clean the tables when the customers have done with their business
  • Monitor the dining room, outside patio, restaurant perimeter and restrooms to clean when it’s necessary
  • Communicate the customers’ dislike, dietary needs (allergies) immediately to the server or manager
  • Pre-bussing that consist of clearing and wiping the tabletops, chairs and booths, and then set the tables according to company policy
  • Communicate with hosts, bussers, setters, and managers to ensure efficient seating

4. Dishwasher

To work as a dishwasher in a restaurant, hotels, or café, usually doesn’t require a specific set of skills. However, the skills and qualifications they need to possess are strong physical ability, ability to place utensils and equipment on low and high shelves without problem, ability to work in a hot and damp environments because they work in the kitchen area anyway, and respond to emergency situations well to avoid endangering themselves or others.

A dishwasher’s role is cleaning and sanitising the cooking and eating utensils and equipment. So the cooks and servers have the supplies they need to prepare food and serve it to customers. The detailed duties consist of:

  • Washing the cooking and eating utensils
  • Dry them and place them on the suitable shelves
  • Clean the bigger cooking utensils or equipment in the kitchen area such as meat slicers, ovens, fridges, cooker hoods, and many others
  • Organise, clean, and disinfect the kitchen floors and surfaces
  • Remove kitchen waste
  • Keep the kitchen clean, tidy, hygiene, and organise

5. Warehouse assistant

Warehouse assistant’s main role is helping or assisting streamline of the supply chain within a warehouse facility to increase productivity and efficiency. Quite like dishwasher and waiter/waitress, this job doesn’t require a specific set of skills. However, you will be required to have strong physical and basic computer literacy.

Warehouse workers usually have to operate a forklift to move goods. In order to operate a forklift in Singapore, you need to have a forklift licence. Since this task is quite risky for a 14 year old teenager, you are most likely not tasked to do this. However you will be doing tasks listed below.

  • Assist the warehouse supervisor in providing efficiency and productivity of the warehouse. Warehouse assistant’s main role is assisting the supervisor that will be explained further in the next point
  • Handle the incoming stocks. This task is followed by other tasks such as checking, receiving, labelling, packing, and storing all the stocks
  • Monitor the stock levels and perform cycle counting
  • Perform administration duties for incoming and outgoing shipments
  • Maintain constant operation and integrity of all warehouse tools. If printer is one of the main tool in the warehouse, it’s important to ensure the printer is not broken by doing regular operation and checking
  • Maintain safe and clean work environment by keeping shelves, inventory space, and workstations neat
  • Ensure your workspace is debris free and remove safety hazards from aisles
  • Adhere to the company’s Workplace Safety, Health and Security (WSHS) Policy and implement the associated bizSAFE protocols
  1. Dog walker

If you adore dogs and enjoy spending time as well as taking care of them, you should consider this job. What a perfect and fun job to you, right? The main tasks of a dog walker consist of:

  • Take the dog to a walk
  • Follow the agreed-upon routes and schedules
  • Provide water and food for the dogs
  • Observe their behaviour
  • Dispose the waste products
  • If emergency situation occurs, take them to the veterinarian
  • Report any concerning issues to clients
  1. Freelance

In this era, there are various ways to earn money as a freelancer. Many opportunities are available and it’s not limited to a certain age. Freelance jobs also allow you to work remotely. It means you have the option to work at home or anywhere.

For example, more and more teenagers want to work in tech fields and develop their resume as early as possible. No wonder many teenagers work as freelance web developers. Is it possible for a 14 year old? It is.

If you’re not interested in tech fields, go after the one that you want. You can work as a freelance photographer, writer, admin, videographer, virtual assistant, public relations manager, and many more. Find one that suits your interest, passion, and skills.

Little tips to find jobs for 14 year old in Singapore

  • Though it’s legal as long as you and your employer adhere the regulation, find a job that actually offer you the right amount benefit and healthy work hour
  • Filter your job search with keywords such as ‘age 14’, ‘student’, ‘part-time’, and it will lead you to relevant jobs

Finally, there can be many reasons a 14 year old teenager is looking for a job. In Singapore, a 14 year old is considered legal to work as long as both you and your employer are able to adhere to the regulations. There are many options available as well and hopefully the list above can help you to find one that’s potential for you.

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