ON 26th November 2015, Wema Centre held a colorful fete to mark the graduation of 2015’s Vocational Class. The class of 31 students had successfully finished the 12 month fully sponsored Integrated Vocational Training Program, which equips youth with relevant livelihood skills ranging from cookery, tailoring & dressmaking to Computer literacy skills.
The training program provides an environment where latent skills are identified and refined so as to enable beneficiaries to explore other opportunities outside Wema for self reliance purposes.
Wema Centre beneficiaries in the Vocational Training Program are normally identified with the help of our social workers in Mombasa who work closely with existing local institutions like Child & Youth- focused organizations, schools, religious leaders, local administration committees e.t.c, to identify and select deserving youth using an agreed selection criteria for enrollment consideration. The selection process also involves conducting home visits to for complete household assessment, to help ascertain the specific needs of each potential beneficiary.
During this year’s graduation, invited guests included Parents/caregivers of the outgoing class, area Chiefs, sub- chiefs & Village heads, Bamburi Education Enforcers Committee (BEECO), and DOT Kenya. After graduation, the graduates are due for internships at different institutions (hotels, Hospitals, Schools etc) within Kenya, from January 2016.