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 NJDC: 10 years of yeomen service  

Building of the National Job Development Centre.In 1989, The Spastics Society of India set up the National Job Development Centre (NJDC) in Chembur to promote research, assessment, training, work-experience and placement of adults with multiple disabilities. Now an autonomous project, NJDC was previously supported by the European Commission, the Spastics Society of India, the United Kingdom and the Government of India with funds from the National Institute of Disability Research and Rehabilitation (NIDRR), Washington.

International experiences in vocational rehabilitation, International Labour Organisation guidelines, and World Action programmes concerning the disabled are reflected in the spirit, philosophy and thinking behind NJDC, which is in its 10th year of existence. The organisation has been able to train over 700 students with disabilities out of which nearly 700 students have been able to secure employment. Its major thrust remains training and employment of adults with disabilities.

The Centre's activities include not only job training but also Young ladies at work in the kitchen. training in self care, communication, social adjustment, functional literacy, mobility, therapy and a network of support services with the idea of making each person independent, confident, self-respecting and a contributing member of society.

The management has set up an activity centre to engage the young in productive tasks. Today, it has 15 apprentices working in harmony and unison. In the area of self-employment, NJDC has also initiated kiosks / stalls in protected environments. The NJDC team has come up with another novel venture - that of starting a private agency for financial investments and classified advertisements needing insertion in newspapers.

The Centre works on various fronts: Department of Evaluation & Assessment, Department of Skills Training, Work Experience and Placement Services.

Department of Evaluation & Assessment

Certificate of apprecioation on successful completion of the course.A thorough assessment of the candidate's needs and strengths is conducted by a panel comprising physiotherapists, occupational and speech therapists, special educationalists and social workers. The aspirant is then helped to select the course or courses in tune with his / her interests, aptitude and family background.

Department of Skills Training

NJDC runs skill training (productivity-enrichment) programmes of varying time durations in the following trades:

Gardening: The courses offered are basic gardening and advanced gardening (landscaping and bonsai).

Printing: The courses offered are screen printing, offset printing, file making and sorting and binding.

Tailoring: The courses offered are garment stitching, novelty needle crafts and embroidery.

Catering and food processing: The course covers food Disabled adults training at the Centre.preparation, preservatives and spice making.

Office skills: The courses available are office-attendant work training, English (manual / electronic), reception and telephone operating and English conversation.

Computer studies & Training: The courses offered here are Certificate in Office Automation, Certificate in Web-page Designing, mastering desk top publishing and multimedia, Certificate in Basic Programming, Post graduate diploma in Computer Applications (conducted in technical collaboration with CMC Ltd).

Light Engineering: Develops various assistive devices, appliances and mobility aids for enhancing the independent movement of users, young and the old alike. There is a theoretical and practical component in all skill-training programmes.

Work Experience

Once the trainees have acquired sufficient skills, they are placed in the NJDC's production departments for a short duration of three to six months. Subsequently, they are placed as apprentices in online training at an appropriate job setting, as a prelude to regular employment.

Placement Services

The responsibilities of the Centre does not end with the placement. Once a trainee has been placed, the NJDC offers back-up and follow-up services. These include professional assistance to potential employers regarding modifications in equipment / machinery / worksites; reducing architectural barriers (by construction of ramps, special lifts, parking areas), transportation needs and work mobility. Post placement follow-up to resolve any difficulties arising from the recruitment also forms part of the Centre's responsibility.

The Centre believes that the disabled are capable of learning, logical reasoning and contributing effectively to industry and employment, given a modified environment and appropriate inputs.

Contact: National Job Development Centre,
Address: Sion-Trombay Road, Chembur, Mumbai - 400 071
Phone: 551 9413 / 557 8968
Fax:
556 6810.

 


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