It was a resounding success as the Basic Employability Skills Training for Persons with Disabilities (Project BEST-4-PWDs) officially commenced, in commemoration of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities 2018.
BEST-4-PWDs is a partnership project between Youth Aid Development Foundation, Angel Wings Global Freedom Foundation, One Voice Initiative for Women and Children Emancipation and the America Corner Ibadan.
This year’s theme is focused on Empowering Persons with Disabilities and Ensuring Inclusion is a continuous capacity development program for a community of PWds in Nigeria. The program was held on Tuesday 4th of December, 2018 in Ibadan, Nigeria.
The aim of the programme is equip Persons with Disabilities with business/employability competencies to get jobs and become productive members of the society.
The workshop centred on developing Self-Motivation and Leadership competencies, and leveraging on Digital Skills to Fastrack Career Success. There was also a profound session on Job-Readiness(CV, Cover Letter Writing and acing Job Interviews), and portfolio development for job seekers and young business owners living with disabilities.
In attendance were 50 Persons with Disabilities, 4 Facilitators, 5 Mentors and 10 Volunteers.
We had some of the best hands on this program. Trainees were certified and 15 out of the trainees have gotten internship support to consolidate their knowledge. Others will be placed on a continuous online training on specific business skills and attached to mentors for a professional development program. We are glad that our facilitators offered to mentor our community of PWDs based on their career and business needs. The facilitators were awarded a certificate of honour for their leadership roles in developing the PWDs in our society at large.
However, participants at the workshop were also awarded certificate of attendance. There was also tea break in the course of the workshop as refreshments, and lunch packs were given to participants as takeaways. The workshop lasted for about six hours; participants learning, networking, developing capacity and finding clarity for their business and career lives.
The next business/employability clinic will be communicated to participants to monitor their progress and connect them to more economic opportunities.
The goal of the NGOs is to reach and impact 500 youth with disabilities, connect them to decent jobs and ensure they become productive members of the society.
They also welcome sponsorship, partnership and donations towards the achievement of their set goals.