As we have discussed in previous report, the VTC had to face the impact of the new school schedule set by the Government starting at the end of 7th term.
For that reason, we were obliged to re-schedule our classes in order to avoid clashes with the new school schedule for the 8th term. So, we shortened the opening hours at our VTC during week days and opened English and Computer classes on Saturday and Sunday.
Despite our efforts, we could only have 8 classes, compared with 12 during the previous term. And for the above reason, from 192 students registered, 154 only could continue attending our classes. But, those remaining students showed much diligence with the result that 151 students were entitled to receive their certificate based on the test results and their attendance commitment.
On the other hand, Job Seeking Skills Workshop held three times, it was attended by YUM VTC’s students and outside students. Besides, we had some requests from school teachers around YUM Cipanas, to hold other workshops. After assessing the needs and problems of the teachers working in the area of Cipanas, we decided to hold some Computer Workshops for 55 participants from teachers and administrative staff working in preschools and elementary schools or in governmental and social institutions, because they have no computer skills when, in fact, it is much needed for their work.
The workshop was carried out every Saturday and Sunday delivered by VTC’s Computer tutors, Mr. Adi Y Abdul Rahman and Mr. Deden Tosin. Participants learned about Computer basics including Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher and others and those who attended the 2-day workshop were entitled to a certificate.
Dadan Iskandar, an administrative staff from Sindanglaya village, Cipanas wrote us saying:
“Thank you YUM for the attention paid to the administrative staff working in small villages. Currently, we canunderstand more about computers. I hope that YUM will have some other workshops in the future from a very basic to a higher levels.”
Despite the difficulties at the beginning expressed above, we could successfully finish the 8th term thanks to your donations.
Currently, we have one young man, a bookkeeper at YUM Head Office, Paridi Akbar, who wants to continue his studies at university level. Paridi wishes that he can improve his quality of life and that of his family. Paridi's Education: A Role Model For Thousands will be in the GlobalGiving Bonus Day coming on March 18th, 2015, where you can double your donation up to a 30 % on all donations up to $ 1,000 per donor per project or while funds remain. There is $ 60,000 available in matching and matching begins on March 18th 9:00:00 EDT and run until funds lasts or until 23:59:59 EDT (INDONESIAN TIME March, 18th at 20:00 WIB until March 19th at 10:59 WIB).
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After finishing successfully the 7th term of the Vocational Training Center (VTC) in September, we realized that we had to overcome a challenge: the new governmental school schedule. This new schedule affects, especially, to Senior High School students who start school at 6.30 am until 3.30 pm, that is, 9 hours of studies. This obviously clashes with our VTC’s classes that are supposed to start at 1pm. As a result of this, by the end of the 7th term, from 200 students only 141 students could take the final test and only 115 students were able to receive the certificate (due their attendance became less of 75% required for receiving the certificate).
Hopefully the 8th term will run well and we will be able to face the challenges by opening the VTC on weekends. That will serves to accommodate students needs to improve their skills and their quality of life.
In mid April 2014, the Vocational Training Center (VTC) Cipanas with the help of Priscilla Hall Memorial Foundation (PHMF) started its renovations. The building that has served us for more than 30 years, during the last rainy season there were several leaks disturbing much our classes and activities. Clearly, we needed to do some serious repairs.
Initially, the renovations were meant to repair only the roof and repair few doors and window frames, but by the time the works began, we found that most of the wooden window frames and windowpanes and ceiling needed to be replaced. No need to say, repainting as well the walls were cracks were very visible.
In early July, we had the visit of a group of 8 volunteers from Ceres Global Group from Australia, for an organic farm workshop and community services for a period of a week at our YUM Cipanas and another week at YUM Kalimantan. They were very enthusiastic with the works and thanks for them, the outdoor walls of the building could be painted and with it the works ended. They were very happy to contribute in the VTC's changes and we truly thankful them for their help.
Now, the VTC looks very fresh and clean. The colorful walls in green give a bright effect inside the class while the cream color walls outside is in harmony with its environment. On the other hand, we got a good number of chairs donated by the Jakarta International School (JIS) that are placed in the terrace to facilitate VTC's students waiting for their classes.
We wish to emphasize our sincere gratitude to everyone who has helped us: friends, supporters and donors. We hope that our VTC will be able to continue contributing its efforts in reducing unemployment by providing its best services to disadvantaged youths so that they are able to earn a living. Thank you!
For the sixth term of the VTC we were able to open 13 classes consisting of 2 Sewing Classes, 6 Computer Classes and 5 English Classes with a total of 218 students, starting on January 20th until mid of April 2014.
At the beginning of this term, we explained to the students that if they could not attend 75 % of the classes, they would not be entitled to receive the VTC certificate. After 3 months of classes, we held a final exam for 2 weeks in early April consisting of written and practical tests. In the end, a total of 191 students out of 218 students were entitled to receive the certificate.
The Job Seeking Skills workshop was held 3 times for 105 participants, consisting of VTC and non VTC students and discussed about; How to make an Application Letter and a Curriculum Vitae; Job Interview; and Knowledge and Skills needed by Companies. The workshops aim to help the participants prepare for facing the highly competitive working world.
Besides that, we noticed that the majority of the mothers who bring their toddlers to the YUM pre-school were waiting for the end of classes without have much to do. Because of this, the idea rose to include these waiting mothers in a new workshop: The Women Empowerment Workshop. We offered to train them in making recycled products by hand such as pouches and bags made from plastic waste of coffee packaging. All the mothers showed their interest in this workshop.
At the same time, YUM conducted a survey in which the community’s needs were assessed. Out of the 47 respondents, we found that 32 respondents or 68.08 % of the respondents were interested to follow a cooking class (food or snacks processing) in order to increase their income and help them to find work.
The cooking classes were included in The Women Empowerment Workshop, besides making recycled products. We started this workshop as a pilot project with the 15 mothers who bring their children to the pre-school. The workshop is held once a month for 2 hours and has been held now for 6 times. YUM provides the material and the tutor, and after that the group will continue to make the products themselves, supervised by the tutor. The workshops ran smoothly and they could even earn some money by selling their products. We have good faith that the project will be sustainable as it is both for and from the women.
Thanks to Priscilla Hall Memorial Foundation (PHMF) we could renovate the VTC building, which had served for more than 30 years. The renovations started mid-April, after the classes and final exam finished. Initially, we were only planning to repair the roof and replace some of the doors and window frames. But by the time the renovations began, we found out that other window frames also needed to be replaced as well as some broken windowpanes, and we also decided to fix the ceiling and paint the walls. These additional works make the renovation longer than planned, but hopefully it will be finished before the seventh term starts. Thank you!!!
Since 2009, YUM Vocational Training Center (VTC) Cipanas has been helping more than 2.000 participants through Computer class, English class, Sewing class, Hospitality class and Job Seeking Skills workshop. Participants encompass Elementary until Senior high school students and especially unemployed youths in the area of YUM Cipanas, West Java.
Through this report, we would like to give you - as a donor of VTC - some testimonials from the participants (not their real names) about the VTC, so you can get a further insight in the project you have helped. Hopefully you will enjoy the report and may you continue your support to the VTC. Thank you.
As a housewife with 2 children, Ami has been participating in the Sewing Class for the last 6 months in order to learn how to sew clothes and arts and crafts products. She wants to gain soft skills which may help her to find a job, as her husband is just a farmer with only Rp. 15.000,- or $ 1 income per day. In the beginning, she felt unconfident because she didn’t have any experience in sewing, but thanks to sewing tutors who are very patient, she is now able to make her children’s clothes by herself. She earns an additional income when YUM has a special order from a Jakarta costumer or by assisting the tutor in teaching sewing to junior students.
“I regret I didn’t follow the class earlier, sewing class is really helping me,” Ami said.
“After I graduated from Vocational School, I tried to apply for a job in some companies, but never succeeded. I remember when the Human Resources Department staff gave me the question: ‘What kind of skills do you have?’ I got confused because I didn’t have any skills. I just graduated from Vocational School and only had knowledge of Hospitality. After sharing with my friends who were accepted in the company, they informed me that they had taken additional classes at the VTC. For that reason I decided to follow the Computer Class and after I graduated from the VTC, I was accepted to work in one of the best hotels in Cipanas – the Palace Hotel. Thanks to VTC I was able to understand how important it is to have other soft skills since the graduation certificate from school is not enough to convince the company. Currently, with the income received from working at the hotel, I can help my parents who only work as construction laborers. Thank you VTC.”
“I felt that school and attending classes were boring activities and not interesting. However, since I joined the English Class and the Computer Class in VTC, I changed my mind. My motivation has improved because I realized that the competition in the job market is getting harder nowadays, especially if we don’t have any experiences or soft skills. I decided to take 2 training classes because most of the companies need employees who can speak English and have computer skills. That’s why I was eager to learn about the world of work and after joining the VTC and discussing with my friends and tutors, I finally got to know my passion. In VTC, we learn in a fun way. Currently, I work as a waiter in Palace Hotel, one of the best hotels in Cipanas and hopefully I can increase my skills and knowledge in Hospitality.”
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