The TVET Program is primarily aimed at drop-outs, street children and youth in urgent need of a job. TVET provides non-formal and informal courses, according to the new policy of the Government (22/08/2008). Students can attend both theoretical and practical lessons and they also have extracurricular courses such as Moral Ethics, English, Health and Business courses. They have the possibility of either apprenticeship or cooperative training, according to the Government Policy.
The TVET strategies use preventive and rehabilitative interventions in order to reintegrate at-risk children into society.
- Professional Orientation: each child gets the opportunity to choose among various jobs according to their personal inclinations and attitudes
- Teaching and Training: each child will be provided with theoretical teaching and practical training in various fields of choice. Interest, capability and attitude of the child help them grow and reenter into society.
- Work experience: each child gets to gradually obtain work experience. With cooperative training TVET Program also offers help with the initial approach to the workforce (various experiences help gain new perspective and add value to society while successfully integrating youth into Labor Market)
- Activities :
- Leather and Leather Goods
- Basic metal work
- Wood work
- Building Electrical Installation
- Food preparation
‘’Bosco children’’ was established as a part of ‘’Bosco children preventive and rehabilitation program’’ – a way to support the young who are living in the streets of Addis Ababa and are most at risk.
The main goal of the Institute is to provide vocational training in different fields for street children, but it serves destitute families’ children and Eritrean refugees as well.
Different fields of training are divided in departments and held to their own standard with TVET institute departments being Leather and Leather Goods production, Tailoring, Basic metal work, Woodwork, Automotive, Building Electrical Installations and Food preparation.
This TVET institute offers a unique department known as ‘’Job Service office’’ that solely works on trainees employability. They facilitate internship placement, help with job opportunities, provide soft-skill training (life skill training, business skill training), guidance and counseling on how to get a job. To relieve some of the stresses and help with employment opportunities, the beneficiaries are provided with co-operative training.
The ’Job Service office’’ also does tracer studies and market assessment research.
While the TVET institute provides only short term training as a head start, long term training has shown to be incomplete as most at risk youths are unable to regularly attend secondary education and above.
Ethiopian youth take a higher percentage of the total population making them a vital part in the society structure. That’s why the main focus of the Don Bosco TVET Institute for over 10 years thas been working with youth and helping them become competent and skilled members of their society.
All trainees are encouraged to become sustainable by learning entrepreneurship basics, teamwork and other soft-skills such as Kaizen (the 5-s method).