|Vocational Training Centres Provide Young People with Career Opportunities|
|Photo: Ms. C. Mathisse|
High unemployment, the changing demands of the job market, economic marginalization, and lack of training facilities - these are only a few of the difficulties confronting youths once they have finished school. SOS Vocational Training Centres is SOS’s way of providing youths with fair starting possibilities, empowering them to address the myriad social and economic demands the ‘real world’ places on them confidently and independently.
The economic imbalance between North and South, among other things, demands that training programs and methods of guidance vary by region. The diversification of the job market, national economic factors, regional job offers, the social background of each youth, the particulars of the location of the training centres - these are all aspects which have to be considered when constructing an SOS Vocational Training Centre.
|Young people displaying their handiwork at a pottery making demonstration|
|Photo: Mr F. Espinoza|
Some of the SOS Vocational Training Centres offer temporary jobs where the youths can gain practical experience and sell the products and/or services. SOS Vocational Training Centres can take the form of either small workshops or large projects offering training in a variety of trades to hundreds of young people. Often the centres work together with local firms or other partners.
|SOS Vocational Training Centre Lilongwe, Malawi offers classes in Computing|
|Photo: Ms. R. Klinger|