Centre advocates inclusive society through vocational training for youths, PWDs
Following the footsteps of Lagos State in ensuring that persons living with disabilities are not left behind, Simply Exponential at the 2019 reunion of graduates of her Vocational Training Centre (VTC) pledged more support to vocational training and helping PWDs to be self-reliance and able to secure jobs. The Lagos State Employability Support Project (LSESP) in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) put together the training programme.
Founder/Managing of the centre, Fayo Williams, said, “While the menace of unemployment in the country cuts across different strata of the society, people living with disability are affected more. Governmental and non-governmental organizations need to put sustainable measures in place to fully integrate People Living With Disabilities (PWDs) and women in the nation’s workforce across the country.”
LSETF representative of Omokaro Unuakpor, said the LSETF employability budget was designed so that youths can be trained in various vocational skills, cutting across different sectors, including business support, construction, manufacturing, garment making, among others. “So far, we have trained over 5,000 beneficiaries and gotten jobs for over two thousand of them within two years. Some of them have gotten jobs and promotions within very short periods and feedbacks got from their employers prove they’re very skilled. Going forward, we hope to continue to make impact and we believe that those who have gotten these skills should be able to use them drive the economy by going into small businesses that need these skills.
People complain there are no jobs but something we have discovered recently is that people have no skills for the job available and that is why we help them acquire skills to access jobs. On PWDs, he said, “people with disabilities cannot do certain kind of jobs, for instance, carpentry which involves scaffolding and climbing but generally, people with disabilities are not left behind.”