Tuesday, 14 November 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM
Bright future for vocational grads
SOME 45 student trainees from nine schools graduated from a training programme at Daybreak Centre in Pengkalan, Ipoh.
The students received their certificates after completing the 15-week programme that was jointly conducted by Daybreak and the Perak Education Department during a presentation ceremony at the centre.
Daybreak Centre general manager Michael Fernando said students were taught various vocational skills they could use to gain employment once they finish their studies.
“They learned handicraft, farming, socks manufacturing, assembly and packaging, and general cleaning.
“The programme has trained about 700 student trainees since the pilot project started in 2007,” he said.
The aim of the programme was to allow the students to experience the reality of working, Fernando said.
“It is also to provide training for teachers who have no experience in working with people with disabilities,” he added.
Among the schools involved were SMK Seri Ampang, SMK Seri Putera, SMK Jalan Pasir Puteh, SMK Pengkalan, SMK Seri Intan, SMK Sultan Yussuf, SMK Sultan Muhammad Shah, SMK Wira Jaya and SMK Pusing.
Fernando said the centre has trained over 1,000 trainees, with about 300 of them gaining employment.
“Some of them are working in hotels, factories, cottage industries, cinemas and at retail shops.
“The centre has job coaches to provide follow-up assistance and counselling to the trainees for two years upon getting employment.
“This will help trainees to adapt to their working environment more quickly,” he added.
Also present were Daybreak chairman Lee Nyit Kean, Perak Education Department assistant director Sim Joan Meah and parents.