Vocational training centre for people with special needs to opens in Almaty

ASTANA – The Resource Centre for Inclusive Vocational Training and Social Adaptation of persons with limited abilities will soon open in Almaty.

The goal of the project is to provide vocational training, retraining, advanced training and certification of personnel for persons with special needs to solve their socialisation and adaptation problems.

The training centre will function based on the Almaty College of Technologies and Floristics, where they will train personnel for light and service industries. Training is planned to be conducted on a dual system using the latest techniques in accordance with the requirements of the labour market.

The project is being implemented under the multilateral agreement signed between the Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Almaty, the Education Department of Almaty, the Employment and Social Programmes Department, the Almaty College of Technologies and Floristics, the Association of Colleges and Shyrak Association of Women with Limited Abilities. In accordance with the agreement, the Chamber of Entrepreneurs provides students with an internship at city enterprises, conducts an analysis of the personnel requirements and the labour market and facilitates the employment of the Resource Centre graduates.

During the government video conference, Shyrak Director Lyazzat Kaltayeva asked the Prime Minister to assist in providing vocational education for people with special needs and other questions.

“It is not enough just to educate people. We need to make them competitive in the labour market in the future. They will leave schools and they need to be able to find a job, not become a dependent. We have inclusive education, necessary programme and standards, but we need to make it work,” Kaltayeva said.

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