TRAINING & PROGRAMMES


Vocational Rehabilitation

Karachi Vocational Training Centre is the 1st Vocational training centre with a unique Job Placement Program in Pakistan for the intellectually challenged. Over 500 intellectually challenged (IC) persons have been rehabilitated by KVTC and are engaged in paying jobs all over Karachi.

What We do?

As intellectual disabilities are not illnesses, there are no treatments per se. Instead, interventions focus on identifying abilities and limitations. The goal is to provide sufficient supports that maximize each person's functioning. KVTC is the only centre in Sindh that offers a holistic solution to all rehabilitation needs of intellectually challenged persons and involves the 3 stages of rehabilitation:

  • Exploration
  • Understanding.
  • Action


KVTC is the only SEN training centre in Sindh with a comprehensive Sports & PE Curriculum:


Therapeutic Units

The common characteristics of intellectual disabilities are: difficulty in learning and processing information; problems with abstract thought; and problems with social interactions occur at varying levels unique to each individual. Intellectual impairment involves problems with mental abilities that affect day-to-day functioning in three areas:

For KVTC it's critical that parents who suspect their child may have an intellectual impairment seek counseling and help from their qualified mental health and medical professionals. For them we create a therapeutic unit whose services are given below:

Clinical Psychology


Clinical psychologists meet with trainee to identify problems—emotional, mental and behavioral—in their lives. Through observation, interviews and tests, the psychologist will diagnose any existing or potential disorders. They formulate a program of treatment according to the client’s needs. Psychologists monitor the client’s progress on a regular basis to ensure that their needs are met by the course of action, and to adjust it if necessary.

Sensorial Therapy


Sensory Unit at KVTC is divided into two rooms. One room is specifically designed as the “Therapeutic Room” with a present day Western researched cubicle type of a setting for the population diagnosed with Sensory Integration Disorder. It is an acute or long-term care corner that is converted into quiet room spaces which are designed to be more sensory supportive and used primarily for the purposes of crisis de-escalation and/or prevention.

Occupational Therapy


Occupational Therapy Unit at KVTC is an educational and practice-oriented health profession concerned with rehabilitation. In occupational therapy, the assessment process provides the baseline for intervention and often focuses on identifying and defining an individual's priorities and the factors that enable or limit his/her occupational performance.

Speech Therapy


Facilitates students who have difficulty in communication, eating, drinking and swallowing. It provides oral exercises for the strengthening of mouth muscles, corrects articulation problems in people with physical or mental dysfunctioning, Developmental speech and language delay, Expressive language disorder, Receptive language disorder, Autism spectrum disorder, apraxia, Dysarthria & Intellectual disability. With the help of the Speech Language Pathologist the trainees participate in therapeutic exercises regularly.

Arts Therapy


Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages.

Sports


Teaches fundamental movements, development of psychomotor skills & core muscular movements. The outcome is the enhancement of agility & balance coordination (ABC). Students have won medals in regional, national and international competitions, such as the Special Olympics. The Sports program is based on a UK certified curriculum.

Medical Assistance


The kvtc doctor is responsible for providing first aid , medical care and medical training to students and staff.She is involved in the diagnostic tests if required and thus maintaining the health card of each trainee.

VOCATIONAL SKILLS

The backbone of KVTC’s curriculum is based on Individualized Vocational and Educational Plans. They are considered an entitlement and basis for planning, extended by building therapeutic work and Vocational skills necessary for independent living. Individual plans through the services available in the centre are developed for each trainee. For candidates with severe challenges, our school works extensively with parents and guardians, main stream school and the corporate sector to develop and deliver courses appropriate to the needs of an individual.

Gardening


The basic concept of plantation is developed in the trainees of KVTC. They know how to handle plants, soil and how to grow vegetable or flowers.

Kitchen & Culinary


It teaches the students activities in the kitchen from identifying kitchen utensils to dicing, slicing to preparing snacks that are served in the KVTC cafeteria.

Personal Development


Maintaining personal hygiene is necessary for many reasons; personal, social, health, psychological or simply as a way of life. Good hygiene helps to prevent the development and spread of infections, illnesses and bad odors. In personal development class they learn recognition of basic grooming items, hand and face washing, tooth brushing, shaving, manicure and pedicure, basic makeup, skin care & hair cutting, waxing.

Art & craft


Art & craft uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem , self-awareness and achieve insight. Abstract art painting, Spray Painting, Beads, pots, shells, candle coloring and decoration, Coloring, drawing, cutting, pasting papers and cards, Hand and thumb printing, Color concepts are some of the art activities methods.

Carpentry


Concept of carpentry is developed in the trainees. They are able to make different kinds of wooden products independently.

TEXTILE SKILLS

The general work place in Pakistan still has a long way to go in terms of being accessible to people with physical disabilities, whereby most employers are reluctant to hire intellectually challenged people because they perceive them to have limited or insufficient capabilities to perform jobs. This lack of awareness results in even stronger barriers for intellectually challenged people who are almost never considered for employment. While KVTC has had unprecedented success in this area, we feel that we can find employment for more intellectually challenged people through the set up of small-medium enterprises, based on the skills they learn at the centre, and the manufacture and sale of items produced and marketed by intellectually challenged people themselves.

Machine Embroidery

We teach them according to the customized curriculum, using easy to difficult teaching techniques and modified equipment and tools.
  • Handling machine
  • Making designs
  • Making patterns
  • Embroidery on different desings
  • Making embroidery stitches
  • Colourful and unique embroidery work
  • Finishing designs
  • Cushions, bed linen, other domestic items & hand bags

Zari work


Zari work involves a hook, plied from the top but fed by silk thread from below with the material spread out on a frame. We teach them according to the customized curriculum, using easy to difficult teaching techniques and modified equipment and tools.

Tailoring


This method enables the tailor to take professional measurements, assess posture and body shape to make unique modifications to the garment. We teach them according to the customized curriculum, using easy to difficult teaching techniques and modified equipment and tools.

Block Printing


Block printing is one of the oldest types of printmaking. The blocks used in this type of printing are pieces of carved wood or copper plates with movable studs. A block to which color has been applied is placed on the fabric. We teach them according to the customized curriculum, using easy to difficult teaching techniques and modified equipment and tools.

Screen Printing


Screen printing is arguably the most versatile of all printing processes. It can be used to print on a wide variety of substrates, including paper, paperboard, plastics, glass, metals, fabrics, and many other materials. We teach them according to the customized curriculum, using easy to difficult teaching techniques and modified equipment and tools.

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Technical skills are the abilities and knowledge needed to perform specific tasks. They are practical, and often relate to mechanical, information technology, mathematical, or scientific tasks.

Information & Comm. Technology


We teach them according to the customized curriculum, using easy to difficult teaching techniques and modified equipment and tools by Typing, how to use Microsoft Office, front desk/reception & Office Assistant training.

Automotive Spray Painting Lab


By simulating spray painting, trainees get more practice and learn proper techniques without the cost of materials and consumables. By reducing the need for materials and eliminating hazardous waste and air emissions, Sim Spray decreases the costs of instructor led training programs while minimizing the impact on the environment. Recognition of Sims spray machine and their tools, General points on how to use sim spray, Assessing automotive paint jobs and using spray gun, Positioning the unit, Practicing occupational health and safety procedures & Finishing panel.

FUNCTIONAL ACADEMICS

Students are taught basic concepts of Mathematics, English, Urdu, Islamiat and General Knowledge. Teachers tailor the educational targets according to the mental age, needs & functioning of each student. Reading, writing, time and money concepts which are essential for functioning in daily life are also taught. In these levels students are being trained by the special educators and academic teachers. By using customized curriculum trainees are being facilitated by basic and functional academics. Along with academics they are attending different skills and therapy units by applying individualized educational, vocational and therapeutic plans.


SUCCESS STORIES


At KVTC Dedication doesn’t have an Off-season!
KVTC is not only a vocational rehabilitation Centre it is a hub of unbridled compassion and motivation. Each day here is the relentless hard work to empower the people with intellectual challenges so that they can fend for themselves. These success stories are living examples of the dedication of each and every individual at Karachi Vocational Training Centre, because when life puts KVTC in challenges we do not say “why us”, we say “Try Us”.

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Aqib Butt


The trainee came to KVTC from a stressful environment after his father’s death. With all the support gone, he started as a trainee at KVTC with therapies and training to resolve his problems.The trainee persevered and fought back the obstacles that caused him the loss of his confidence and self-esteem. He received training at KVTC and was recruited as an Assistant Physical Exercise and Occupational Therapist. He was later hired as an Assistant Class Teacher at KVTC. Aqib is now supporting his family and financially supporting his younger brother’s education.

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Shehzore Aziz


Shehzore went through the training process at KVTC and as a part of it; he joined his father’s business as a cashier under the Training and Home Support Program set for him. His training, progress, and sincere effort gave him the opportunity to work as a Cashier in Mr. Burger. He later joined HSBC Bank for 3 years in Human Resource Department. With his unstoppable attempts to move forward, he is now a part of Attock Cement as a Junior Store Officer and won the Best Employee Bonus of the year 2016-2017.

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Ahmed Jamil


With his mild to moderate IQ, the trainee was not considered a potential achiever.He belonged to a non-supportive family environment and monetary constraints. When he came to KVTC, he was trained in different skills with TOPS and YSL being his major therapy support.Ahmed was hired as an internee, later appointed as an employee, and is now a part of KVTC’s Jiddat production team. With his will to show the world that he is different, he participated and won 2 gold medals and a silver medal in the Special Olympics National Games 2018.


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Hyder Mehmood


Due to his learning difficulty, he was enrolled in an inclusive school, where he was bullied to the extreme that his self-image was shattered, and he lost the strength to face the world. He stayed at home until the time he came to KVTC. The trainee was provided with constant Home Support and was enrolled in British Council for completion of his education. With minimum odds of surviving, he completed his O and A levels and is now working as an Assistant Accounts Officer in Quality Textile Mills. With his perseverance, hard work of 4 years, and the constant support of KVTC, the trainee is now an earning member of his family and is financially independent.


ACHIEVEMENT OF KVTC 2018-2019



2017 - Abilities Expo 2017 – South East Asia’s largest & Pakistan’s 1st all purpose resource fair for Persons with Disabilities.
2013-15 - Pakistan’s 1st Virtual Simulation Learning Lab for Intellectually Challenged Persons.
2013 - Jiddat: Pakistan's 1st brand of women’s apparel & home accessories produced by Intellectually Challenged persons.
2012 - Development of Pakistan's 1st Sports, PE, & Health Curriculum for Special Needs Persons.
2009 - 1st corporate sector Job placements for Intellectually Challenged Persons.
2005 - 1st UK-Pakistan student employment exchange program involving intellectually challenged persons.
1994-95 - 1st Job Placement Program for IC persons in Pakistan.
1991- 1st Vocational Training Centre in Pakistan for Intellectually Challenged (IC) people