Surabaya-Ayo Inklusif! Consortium whose members are Jawa Pos Institute of Pro-Autonomy (JPIP), Christian Blind Mission (CBM), CDSS UB, Saujana, and United Tractors continue the agenda of strengthening and empowering youth with disabilities to have work skills. On the occasion of carrying out this basic work ability training, the Consortium carry out it in Surabaya on April 23-25 2018. The same activity will be held in Malang at the end of May.
For three days, 25 participants, all of whom were youths with various disabilities, received training materials in a highly interactive format. They are expected to be able to participate in the dialogue that toke place during the training and could fully understand its essence.
“I just this time (a series of trainings from the beginning, ed.) felt that job training for disabled people was very useful. I became aware of many things, ranging from different abilities to how to manage my finances personally,” said Danis, one of the participants on the sidelines of a coffee break training.
This training indeed summarized some important things related to the young workforce in general and people with disabilities in particular. For three days, participants received subjects in the form of an introduction to the workplace, career, soft skills and what hard skills are needed in the workplace, to how to manage finances.
Integrating Soft Skills and Hard Skills
In his presentation in the initial session of the training, Saujana Director Rubby Emir said that soft skills are very important for the workforce.
“Soft skills must be owned by the workforce. This is very influential on attitudes, ways of thinking, and how to put ourselves in the workplace when communicating with other people or completing our tasks,” he explained in front of the trainees.
On another occasion, Wahyu Widodo also conveyed the importance of integration between hard and soft skills so that the workforce, whether the workforce with disabilities or not, becomes a quality workforce.
“Well, if both are well integrated, the workforce has both hard and soft skills, they can work well and pursue a more established career,” he said.
This training activity was ended by giving certificates to each participant. The enthusiasm of the training participants in this activity could be seen from their growing intimacy as they gather for three consecutive days.