UCA News - Issue 109
SPCE Naryn recognizes accomplishments of TVET learners
On 25 November 2011, SPCE Naryn and UCA’s Construction and Facilities Division (CFD) held their inaugural joint Appreciation Day for Naryn City. Nearly 150 community members and SPCE alumni attended the event, which recognized graduates and current students of SPCE Naryn’s Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme.
Taalaibek Karpekov, Head of SPCE, Naryn, and Jeffrey O’hanrahan, Construction Manager, commended programme graduates and current students for their participation in the programme, and discussed future regional career opportunities in the construction-related industries. “We hope this programme has developed strong skills which our graduates can employ in the construction workplace,” said Karpekov. O’Hanrahan also distributed certificates to honor the programme’s top learners.
All learners enrolled in the SPCE TVET programme complete an on-site apprenticeship, enabling them to apply methods and techniques learned in the classroom. Of the 186 learners enrolled in SPCE Naryn’s short and long-term TVET programmes, 83 completed their apprenticeships on the future UCA campus construction site. TVET students completed several key construction projects in 2011, including site fencing and green wall construction.
SPCE Naryn’s TVET programme was launched in 2007. In Naryn, SPCE offers short-term construction courses in green wall construction and steel fixing, and long-term certificate programmes in plastering, carpentry, and masonry.
Community members and SPCE alumni attend job fair at SPCE Naryn Town Campus
On 24 November, SPCE Naryn hosted its first Community Job Fair. Ten companies currently operating in Naryn city were invited to meet with SPCE alumni and discuss potential employment opportunities in the fields of education, service, marketing, accounting, and construction. Nearly 60 alumni and community members attended the event. In addition to networking and receiving information on employment opportunities, participants also attended a networking and job interview seminar led by Craig Thomas, a volunteer from the United States’ Peace Corps programme.
Aizada Shakir, SPCE Alumni Coordinator and Outreach Assistant, said the event was a valuable opportunity for both SPCE alumni and Naryn town residents to connect with regional employers. “Job seekers are sometimes not aware of the specific skills or qualifications that employers require. By enabling job seekers to speak with representatives of local businesses, the Job Fair helped SPCE alumni and community members better understand how their skills can meet employer needs.”
SPCE holds Roundtable, awards scholarships to support people with disabilities
In recognition of the International Day of People with Disability on 3 December 2011, SPCE Naryn hosted events at the STEP rehabilitation centre, Naryn to raise awareness of the needs of people with disabilities in Naryn town.
At STEP, community members and staff participated in a Roundtable focused on best practices for inclusive education. Karachach Kemelova, the STEP instructor, discussed its current activities and their approach to working with students. “Currently, we have about 25 students studying at the STEP. Our students are willing to learn something, and their desire to gain knowledge makes us to improve their education in this society”, said Karachach Kemelova.
Tomoka Uno, a volunteer from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), also delivered a short presentation on activities and projects utilized at the Tokyo Centre for People with Disabilities, and how similar activities could be integrated into the Naryn Centre’s current programming.
Following the Roundtable, SPCE Naryn staff, local government officials, and school administrators attended a ceremony at STEP for children with disabilities. At the ceremony, SPCE Naryn announced that five scholarships will be awarded to STEP students to study English and IT at SPCE Naryn’s Town Campus. The Town Campus building is one of the few buildings in Naryn that is wheel-chair accessible. SPCE’s English and IT courses are internationally benchmarked, and students enrolled in these courses have the opportunity to take and pass exams that result in an internationally recognized certificate.
“As an organization that is committed expanding opportunities for people from Naryn town, we are thrilled to be able to award these scholarships here today. We look forward to welcoming students to our Town Campus, and to our future cooperation with STEP,” said Taalaibek Karpekov, Head of SPCE in Naryn.
Other highlights of the ceremony included speeches from government officials and performances by STEP students.