Skills Development & Employment
The question uppermost in the mind when it comes to a disabled child, is ‘after school, what?’
The most intense desire of a disabled person is to be independent and socially integrated, not a burden. Realizing that the only way to achieve this was to offer selective skills training in job-oriented disciplines, we set up a work centre adjacent to our Centre in Colaba. It introduced young adolescents and young adults to skills like carpentry, printing, tailoring and ceramic work.
Today, a second Skills Development Centre in Chembur hums with activity, offering not just training, but also strategies for selective placement, follow-up services and training, moving onto employment.
Through awareness campaigns, ADAPT has changed the perspective of employers, shifting the discourse from stereotyped jobs like telephone operating to high-end careers like accountancy and computer engineering.
Along with specific vocational skills, trainees are also educated in communication skills, functional literacy, work ethics and discipline.
Under the ILO guidelines, the SDC team makes a determined effort to place every candidate in an appropriate job, through work experience, placement within ADAPT, self-employment, open competitive employment, sheltered employment or through job fairs that bring disabled candidates and potential employers together.
TRAINING PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE AT SDC INCLUDE:
SUPPORT SERVICES AVAILABLE AT SDC INCLUDE:
‘I CAN BAKE’ PROJECT
ADAPT lays great emphasis on the development of skills for its trainees who have multiple disabilities and may not be able to follow an academic programme. They are trained in vocational services depending on their hand functions, abilities and interests. Baking is an art which does not need a lot of heavy infrastructure and one can easily start earning with a small unit at home.
The ‘I CAN BAKE’ Project was launched recently, headed by Mrs. Natasha Chib and Dr. Maneeta Sawhney. It has been sponsored by ILF &S. Depending on their skill level, trainees may look at training with a bakery for further development of their potential. The duration of the course is one year.