Melbourne Specialist International School (MSIS), launched in 2014, is a school for students who have found it difficult to adapt to the educational and social demands of mainstream facilities. The collaboration with the various Therapists, Teachers and Parents illustrates how the entire community can come together to support the needs of children with learning disabilities.
Jayne Nadarajoo, Founding Director of MSIS and White Lodge Education Group notes, ‘at MSIS, we discover and nurture the strengths of a child with special needs rather than focus on their disability. Every child should be valued as they have the potential to contribute to society’.
The vision of MSIS was to create a more inclusive community that recognises that everyone can contribute to society in some way. One such way in which the school is doing this is pre-vocational training, to provide all students with an opportunity to train for work in skilled vocations.
Pre-Vocational training, also known as Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Career and Technical Education (CTE), provides job-specific technical training for work in the trades. These programs generally focus on providing students with hands-on instruction, and can lead to certification, a diploma or certificate.
At MSIS, the focus of Pre-Vocational training is to facilitate the independence of children in doing different tasks. The benefits of Pre-Vocational training at MSIS are as follows:
One of the advantages of pre-vocational training is that it focuses on practical skills that students can put to use in a job immediately. Pre-Vocational training programs typically focus on teaching students how to perform the tasks that would be required of them in the workforce in various fields, such as cooking and cleaning. Because the training is specifically related to their fields, students often find jobs easier than people with general academic backgrounds.
Another benefit of pre-vocational training is that training programs can prepare students to enter the workforce more quickly than many academic education programs. Many high schools offer vocational training programs that enable students to gain practical skills before reaching adulthood. In addition, technical colleges often offer programs that prepare students for specific career fields in two years or less, which is a significantly smaller commitment than attending a four-year college. Getting into the workforce faster means students can start earning income and saving sooner.
Students benefit differently from different types of instruction. Some students are able to learn easily through reading, discussion and lecture while others may excel at learning through hands-on training, experimentation and trial and error. Pre-Vocational training focuses on hands-on activities, which can be beneficial for students that prefer active experiences to more passive activities.
To find out more information or to arrange a visit, call Melbourne Specialist International School on +65 6634 8891 – 75C Loewen Road, Singapore 248853