VTC has started its third term since January 7th, 2013 by opening 10 classes of 4 training types; Computer, English, Sewing and Hospitality. Upon the registration and placement test, VTC accepted around 161 participants. Comparing to previous term, number of participants in 3rd term is 25% less due to lack of funding to open more classes.
In this term, we still implement the same regulations and system which is only those who pass the final test and meet 70% of the attendance will receive certificate and 100% refund. However, those who have less than 70% attendance will only receive 50% refund and not receive certificate.
The enthusiasm of participants at the beginning was high which is shown on the attendance list in the first 4 weeks. After 4 weeks running the 3rd term, VTC face challenges especially to maintain its attendance rate. Some of participants had to discontinue due to time conflict with their other activities schedule at school which include final exam preparation or internship program.
With all the challenges faced, we do believe that through a sincere purpose to help disadvantaged youths, to enable them to compete in job market, there is always a way to get through the challenges. In order to ensure the project implementation meet the objective, we schedule and perform regular monitoring and evaluation. In the same time, we strive to accommodate more beneficiaries who are unable to get the opportunity to attend the trainings by providing several workshops; Computer Teacher Workshop, English Teacher Workshop, Sewing Workshop and Job Seeking Skills Workshop.
As results the workshops indeed attract many participants and we received positive feedback and request from participants for conducting similar workshops on regular basis. In total our workshops attended by 34 teachers and 148 students.
Thanks to all volunteers who gave their time and effors to share the knowledge and experience in VTC programs which benefit to all participants. Following are some testimonials from participants:
“It’s very interesting and can be used in the school.” Heri, a teacher from SDN Cikole.
“Hopefully there will always be more training to improve the quality of teaching. It's very attractive, innovative and fun.” Zaeni Arief Al Rasyid, a teacher from SMPN 1 Sukaresmi.
Currently, VTC is finalizing the 3rd term by conducting final test in order to measure improvement of each participants from what they received in the last 3 months of training. We have a great hope that the students can benefit from VTC and be able to implement it in their life; not only to improve their skills and knowledge to face the world of work but also to contribute in reducing the unemployment rate. As a vanguard, VTC always try to voice the needs of those in need, especially for disadvantaged youths around Cipanas YUM Village.
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