Three boys with special needs complete training programmeTuesday, January 02, 2018
THREE young men who might have been seen by many as mere students of Llandilo School of Special Education in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, are now fully trained and ready to take on the working world.
In late November, Orville Johns, Jordan Titus and Mekhi Sloley, who were placed at Sandals Negril for six months' training through the National Youth Service's (NYS) Empowerment Programme, said an emotional 'Thank you' to the place that groomed them into working class individuals.
“The NYS's Empowerment Programme caters to persons with intellectual disabilities. We recruit and train them for three weeks. We train them in employability skills, etiquette and manners, and so on. We then find jobs that match their skill sets, so these young men were placed at Sandals Negril,” said Shinel Bailey, job coach at the National Youth Service.
“Many organisations are not willing to take persons with special needs. As a result, it is difficult to get employment for them through a résumé and a regular interview, so this programme gives them a foot in the door and proves their abilities. We are really thankful to Sandals Negril for the partnership,” she added.
Training and development manager at Sandals Negril Keitho Nembhard shared that the growth in the young men are evident. He also said that their six months at Sandals Negril is proof that they are competent enough to work in any organisation.
“The young men were given the same tasks to do as any of our team members, they received the same treatment as any of our staff. The way they executed their tasks showed that they have an appreciation for hospitality and professionalism. They were always willing and able to carry out any task assigned to them. All three of them have demonstrated that they are proficient enough to function in the working world,” he said.
One member of the group, Johns, was grateful for the experience.
“I feel really good. I have learned a lot. I am very thankful to Oneil Stoddart, who was my manager. He did a good job teaching me,” he said, smiling from ear to ear.
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