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Vocational Training Center:

Children above 15 years of age are absorbed in VTC wherein they are imparted job oriented training.

The projects covered under VTC, are meant for adolescents /adults with special abilities and are expected to achieve the objective, of moving the special children towards economic independence. While selecting the trades and beneficiaries, care is taken to access the potential viability of marketing the skills acquired thus.

So far 45 students have been rehabilitated from the school and they are  placed in vehicle service stations, automobile service centers, workshops, schools etc. They have landed up as helpers in small scale industries, school attendants, packers etc. The performance  of the most of these students have been highly appreciated by their employers.


Vocational rehabilitation program is totally dependent on the existence of effective vocational education program.

1865 – 1890 – Vocational education included in the curriculum

1881 – Industrial training started New jersey passed as the act for the establishment of industrial   Training  school

1885 – Two Private industrial schools started – one in Newyork city and in  Boston manual training school

During World war -1 vocational, training / rehabilitation  for the disabled was given  importance.


Vocational rehabilitation means that part of the continuous and co-ordinated process of rehabilitation which involves

• Guidance

• Vocational training and

• Selecting placement

It is designed to enable a disabled person to secure and retain suitable emplo


- To evaluate the disabled persons to unfold their full potentials.

- To ascertain  the medical, psychosocial and vocational needs of the persons with disabilities for    mainstreaming  them into the community successfully

- To assist the disabled  to develop rehabilitation plans depending on their specific needs and to    assist on through government and non Government Organisations for rehabilitation services.

- To demonstrates  the abilities of the disabled successfully on competitive vocations Utilizing    their residual functional abilities.

- To provide guidance and counseling services for training, job, and  self employment.

- Selective placement of the disabled suited to their residual capacities.

- Identification of jobs suited to the disabled.

- To organize, seminars and workshops for orientation and training for Rehabilitation     professionals

- To Provide career and vocational guidance to the disabled.

General Vocational Training :

One  year general vocational training is being given to persons with mild mental retardation in basic skills like,

(a) cutting, folding, pasting.

(b) Sorting & Packing

(c) Picking, Cleaning, Weighing & Packing

(d) Brooming, Dusting, Mopping & Cleaning

Guidance by the teacher / parent at post school stage :

Training for work Readiness :

Focus on Areas such as

- The ability to communicate .

- To be Punctual.

- To attend regularly a learning /  work situation.

- To maintain tidiness at work

- To  receive and  Carryout Instructions

- To be cooperative and to perform in a  group

- To concentrate on work for long durations in a specific area

-  To respond to reinforcement

- To realise benefits  accured from monetary gains


1. Realizes that he can earn

2. Reaches in time to attend work.

3. Calculates the money upto 10 Rupees.

4. Uses pocket money for personal needs.

5. Awareness of banking services.

6. Road safety

7. Behaves properly in public places.

8. Reads own address.

9. Writes own address

10. Writes Letters to Parents / Friends.


Work skills necessary for vocational placement

- Punctuality

- Relationship with  peers

- Relationship with  Staff management of stress on different tasks

- Physical ability to do the tasks

- Acquisition of  training

- Accuracy

- Speed

- Ability to follow instructions

- Ability to communicate

- Ability to withstand fatigue)

Arivalayam is a leader in providing vocational training to the mentally challenged children. Students are imparted vocational training in

1. Preparation of garlands, envelopes

2. Making of tube end-caps

3. Preparation of Greeting Cards, Desktop Calendars

4. The making of Phenol, Pickles and Appalam

5. Tailoring

6. Cleaning of Telephone sets

7. Recaning of chairs

8. Making of Paper cups, Paper bags

9. Office Files, luggage labels

The students are offered time for learning life skills through extra and co- curricular activities. The most credible entrant is the VTC which plays a crucial role in moulding the students for job oriented training. VTC is presently headed by vice principal of Arivalayam and is supported by 6 special educators for 6 different sections. Here the students learn the art of making Garlands, Pickles, Petticoats, Greeting Cards, Tailoring, Desk Top Calendars and other miscellaneous items. While engaging the deserving candidates, according to their ability they are also also placed under the stipend scheme of Arivalayam.