The Kiwanis Job Training Center (KJTC) was set up in late 1996 and operated by the Kiwanis Club of Metro-Kuala Lumpur (KC-MKL) to provide training to a selected group of teenagers and young adults diagnosed as 'persons with learning disabilities' (PLD' s).
PLD’s does not mean that their total being is disabled. Their intellectual capacity maybe limited but they do have other skills and aptitudes which can enable them to perform in the employment field in making them valued employees.
The main purpose of KJTC is to train these PLD's with basic job skills to enable them to eventually enter the employment world, on either a full-time or part time basis.
KJTC seeks to achieve the following objectives:
- To inculcate and develop in the trainees a sense of self-worth and self-reliance;
- To equip these trainees with some basic job skills and discipline to prepare them to become productive members of society; and
- To relieve their parents and/or guardians the pressures and emotions of having to provide constant care for them.
The detailed functions of these five key areas are as follows:
Currently, KJTC’s curriculum is designed based on five key areas within each trainee’s program. They are academic skills, self-help skills, social and personal adjustment skills, vocational skills and daily routine expectations. KJTC’s curriculum is integrated with other centers to achieve these objectives.
a) Academic Skills
- Development of speech and verbal concepts;
- Ability development to follow verbal and or written directions;
- Concept of money and its uses and management; and
- Time concept.
b) Self-help Skills
Safety and self-protection skills;
Self-care skills; and
Work habits and attitudes.
c) Social and Personal Adjustment Skills
Development of emotional stability;
Personal hygiene and grooming skills; and
Understanding of the community and obligations and responsibilities as a member of the community.