In 2008, Persatuan DAYBREAK and the Special Education Unit of the State Education Department started the Work Experience Programme for pupils from special schools around Ipoh. The purpose of this programme was to provide the pupils the opportunity to learn various vocational skills (assembly & packaging, general cleaning, plant nursery and socks manufacturing), cultivate good work habits and prepare them for open employment. Since then, 300 pupils have been given the opportunity to attend this 15-week programme held at DAYBREAK.
This year, 67 pupils attended this programme with the support of their teachers. Each of them were presented with a certificate at a graduation ceremony officiated by Encik Aznan Bin Haji Alias, Ketua Sektor Pendidikan Swasta dan Pendidikan Khas, Jabatan Pelajaran Negeri Perak at DAYBREAK recently. In his speech, Encik Aznan congratulated the pupils for having successfully completed the programme this year and expressed his gratitude to the teachers for their support for the past six years. He applauded DAYBREAK for hosting this programme and expressed his wish that DAYBREAK will continue to carry on this programme for the benefit of persons with disabilities in our community.
Also present during this ceremony was Encik Rahmat Bin Ismail, Pengarah Jabatan Tenaga Kerja (JTK) Negeri Perak and his staff members. Encik Rahmat presented some slides on JTK’s Program Azam Kerja which was aimed at helping individuals in need of training to support and learn a skill or trade for a better future. He identified DAYBREAK as a centre of excellence and would like to work with Jabatan Pelajaran Perak to provide skill training opportunities to pupils from special schools associated with DAYBREAK.