Recognising Ability through Training and Employment Development (RATED) is an integrated vocational training and employment services initiative supporting forty (40) young persons within Kingston and St Andrew with intellectual and physical disabilities.
Participants are attending classes at two training locations – Genesis Academy and Institute of Workforce Education and Development (IWED) and will complete their programme in April 2015, at which time they will complete HEART Trust/NTA level 1 certification in various unit competencies. Participants are currently being trained in General Food Preparation, Housekeeping, MerchandiSing, Food Preparation and Data Operations.
RATED consists of various elements, including:
- Vocational Training
- Employment Counseling and Support
- Specialized Employment Focused
- Entrepreneurship Workshops
- Job Coaching
- Job Development with Employers
- Monitoring and Evaluation
Development Options designed and manages RATED, with the support of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.