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Professional Orientation

Towards 2012-2013 Academic Year Admission

As a result of collaboration of the two programs implemented by Save the Children in Armenia (LIFE and “Unite for Children, Save the Future”) and with participation of LIFE Program partner organizations (HDP, Full Life and Unison) a series of professional orientation meetings have been conducted in Gyumri (August 2), Gavar (August 3), Vanadzor (August 6), Artashat (August 14) and Yerevan (August 18). The meetings were attended by 135 representatives of youth with disabilities (YWDs): graduates of special and boarding schools and beneficiaries of partner NGOs, as well as by their parents, teachers of the special schools, and representatives of TVETs and Employment Centers (ECs). 

The main purpose of the meetings was to discuss the issues related to the inclusion of people with disabilities in general vocational education and training and building a bridge between the above mentioned target groups, their parents and teachers and representatives of the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVETs) and Employment Centers to support YWDs transition from the boarding/inclusive schools to the professional education and labor market.

Among the issues discussed during the meetings were:

- Why is it important for YWDs to continue their study in the vocational education institutions and to enter the labor market;
- Prospects that can be opened through professional education and the importance of integration into the labor market (health, social, psychological, economic aspects, etc.);
- Availability of state-funded study opportunities for people having 1st and 2nd categories of disabilities and disabled children (under 18), as well as state funded employment services;
- Building strong partnership between YWDs and TVETs;
- Familiarization with the specialties taught and study conditions, as well as the willingness of TVETs to integrate youth with disabilities into their current/regular programs.

The meetings were conducted in a manner of open discussions: any participant was free to ask questions or express his/her own opinion as well as come up with recommendations on how to make the YWD transition to the vocational education and labor market smoother.

Many of the participating YWDs expressed their interest and intention to continue their studies.

According to LIFE program data, as of August 31, 2012 around 53 YWDs entered TVETs.

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