Training lies at the heart of the TAFF-VTI program. It receives supreme importance in terms of what is being delivered to students and how it is delivered. Students go through rigorous training under the leadership of professionally trained academic staff. Our qualified and experienced faculty strive to inculcate skills to the students that are not only modern but also most relevant as far as requirements of the employers are concerned.
The programs are structured in a way that they consist of around 70% practical training and the rest of the 30% comprises of the theoretical component of training.
Currently, the following trades are being offered at TAFF-VTI:
Cooking & Housekeeping
The Cooking & Housekeeping course at TAFF-VTI, through a ‘Teaching Factory’ approach, aims to train students to become professional cooks, housekeepers, and house managers. The course objective is to ensure that on successful completion of the course, students will have learned about different aspects of cooking and kitchen operations covering different types of cuisines, cooking methods, cutting techniques and methods for the preservation of fruits, vegetables and meat keeping food safety principles and hygiene in mind constantly.
The course also aims to train students on various aspects of housekeeping that are relevant to not only the household segment of employment for them but are also equally useful when it comes to the formal hospitality sector where they can work in hotels and restaurants as well. The housekeeping module of the course covers topics such as deep cleaning, vacuuming, laundry operations, bed making and maintaining cleanliness and hygiene at all times.
The Care-giving Assistant course at TAFF-VTI is the only and first-of-its-kind course in this field in Pakistan.
The objective of the program is to ensure that trainees acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitude required to provide basic care for an elderly individual. The program covers inculcating basic principles of work and medical ethics along with the identification of common illnesses in the elderly and adults and how these impact their daily functioning. Understanding of the basics of common geriatric syndromes is also provided to the students by an experienced and qualified faculty.
The course offers hands-on practice and exposure to its students through an On-the-Job Training (OJT) component that is built into the program through a collaboration with one of the most trusted and prestigious hospitals in Karachi.
Customer Service & Retail Sales
The Customer Service & Retail Sales course aims to train women and prepare them to work effectively in fast-paced sales environments. The program provides students with the understanding of different types of organizations and their products and enables them to deal efficiently with both internal and external customers while having the ability to make a sale. The course has been designed keeping in view industry requirements with a special focus on personal grooming and professional ethics.
Professional Development/ Soft Skills
The following components and modules related to Professional Development/ Soft Skills are delivered as part of training to each student who goes through the training process at TAFF-VTI regardless of the trade in which they enroll themselves:
- Legal Empowerment
Students are delivered lectures on legal empowerment where they are given awareness regarding important topics like fundamental rights and contractual rights in light of both the country’s constitution and Islamic jurisdiction.
- Financial Empowerment
Through the financial empowerment subject, students are provided basic financial literacy in terms of saving techniques, the importance of having a bank account, creating and managing household budgets etc.
- Professionalism/ Ethics/ Value Systems
Students are also provided training on various aspects of behavior & etiquettes, communication skills, self-management and values of work.
TAFF-VTI is not just about training students through theory and practical sessions. Different events and training techniques are continuously used at TAFF-VTI to ensure an experience for our students that lasts for a lifetime.
Following is a glimpse of the experience provided to the trainees at TAFF-VTI:
Skills Expo (Hum Sub Se Behtar Hain)
A skills exhibition is organized in each term to demonstrate the skills learned by students at TAFF-VTI. The event also serves as a platform for potential employers to visit TAFF-VTI, meet the students, talk to them about what they’ve learned and gauge their skills from the lens of an employer.
TAFF-VTI gives an enormous amount of respect to the families of the students for the support that they extend towards their loved ones by allowing them to partake in the training and make a difference in their lives. Students’ families are therefore engaged throughout the course of the program from orientation till graduation. The Family Meetup at TAFF-VTI is also one of the events where one member from each student’s family is invited to accompany them to the campus and witness the work that is being done at TAFF-VTI. Instructors and TAFF management greet the family members and meet them one-by-one in order to discuss with them the progress of the student.
Guest Speaker Sessions
Guest speakers and subject matter experts are invited throughout the course of the training to build confidence and motivation amongst the students. Professionals from MNCs, Not-for-Profit Organizations, Donor Agencies and Public sector organizations visit TAFF-VTI as guest speakers and provide students with professional advice regarding professionalism in general and their respective trade in particular.
Field trips are organized by TAFF-VTI in order to provide students exposure and an alternative learning opportunity. It is an important part of the teaching methodology in place at TAFF-VTI and is considered a vital source for inculcating visual literacy to the students.
Periodic assessments are conducted to gauge the progress of the students. This ensures appropriate measures are taken to ensure student development and address issues that could hamper student development.