Graduation is just a step on the road

Catering students at the Vocational Training Centre in East Jerusalem are benefiting from job training now and assistance in finding employment after they graduate. Many graduates will pay it forward by supporting future students in their journey. CLWR/T.Brook

Catering students at the Vocational Training Centre in East Jerusalem are benefiting from job training now and assistance in finding employment after they graduate. Many graduates will pay it forward by supporting future students in their journey. CLWR/T.Brook

Normally when someone graduates from vocational or post-secondary education, that’s about it for the institution’s responsibility toward the student. Although the attitude is not as blatant as, “You are on your own, Buster,” the relationship pretty much ends with the cap and gown ceremony.

Not so at the Vocational Training Centre at Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem, where Canadian Lutheran World Relief is a significant partner.

The school follows up with graduates for a significant period afterward, making sure they have found work and if not, provides assistance in making the right connections with prospective employers.

The program takes pride in the employment rate of its graduates, which is consistently the highest in the system at nearly 90 per cent.

The program even goes as far as backing students in establishing their own businesses by loaning them important production equipment and even money to get a head start.

And these students pay it forward by returning regularly to encourage students and show that success is possible with a good education. During one visit, I witnessed a culinary arts program graduate teaching students how to make chocolate soufflé. She was now cooking in one of the leading hotels and came back on a day off to see if she could help!

– Tom Brook, CLWR Community Relations Director

Canadians support Vocational Training students through our Gifts from the Heart catalogue. Click here to learn more.

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