One of the most beneficial aspects of the VTP’s approach to vocational training is the emphasis on market experience and apprenticeships during the training period. In addition to the many hours spent in the classroom and workshop, each student receives “Real World” experience in a local shop, garage, or office. Often, as with 21 year old Nadine Shweiki, the connections made and rapport built during the apprenticeship transforms into full-time employment post-graduation.
Nadine is a 2016 graduate of the electronics department in Beit Hanina and is now employed by the same communications shop where she trained. She frequently acts as the mobile phone maintenance shop’s assistant manager. The owner of the shop is working to open a second store and trusts Nadine with all aspects of running the original shop, from phone maintenance to customer service, while he is away. The holistic education -- from practical training to small business skills -- that the VTP students receive empower them to become skilled and confident in their work and provide them the tools to be invaluable members of the labor force.
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