The unemployment rate in Cipanas for youths aged 16 to 24 is over 60%. The greatest challenges to gaining employment in this area are a lack of skills and a lack of access to employment opportunities. The Vocational Training Center was designed in order to enable more than 300 youths per year to learn valuable skills that will increase their chances of gaining employment in a highly competitive job market.
The VTC offers 5 courses including English Courses, Job Seeking Skills, Sewing Classes, Computer Skills Short Course and a Course in Hospitality. These trainings have obtained governmental recognition in 2011. So, students graduating from the VTC will obtain a nationally recognized certificate, assuring them to stand out in the labor market thanks to their new skills.
During the past two years a total of 600 students have completed courses at the VTC. 330 of those students graduated at the same time from high school and the VTC. Out of the 330 students who graduated from the VTC, 250 have successfully found jobs. This is a 75% successful job placement! Our hope is that by continuing to offer skills training, more and more disadvantaged youths will find employment and break the cycle of poverty.
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