The Ffrash vocational training started in January 2013 and went through 2014. For many of the Ffrash team members, this educational experience is a substantial addition to the limited schooling they have received in their young lives. And for all of them, it offers a unique chance to improve their prospects for the future. Next, to the technical training, they also receive commercial training as well as professional coaching to develop their social skills to become confident, and self-supporting young adults. This will enable them to become entrepreneurs themselves.
The training begins with the using of tools and materials. The Ffrash vocational training takes place at the Ffrash workshop located at the premises of KDM. The youths first learn to handle materials, becoming familiar with working with wood, metal, fabric, glass, and paper, as well as the different tools. Initially, each young adult focuses on a specific material and technique. Once this is mastered, each of them will teach his specialized skill to his peers. After 12 months, each student should possess all the skills necessary to be a furniture maker.
The workshop manager leads the group of students and is responsible for procuring materials and managing the workshop inventory. After a year the junior artisans become senior artisans. New junior team members are admitted and are trained by the group of trained youths.
Within the training program, Ffrash provides another module to prepare the youths for the “real” world: marketing. This module is provided by highly qualified English-speaking foreigners visiting or living in Jakarta.
Through lack of attention during their childhood, many street children never fully developed their social skills. Therefore, the young adults involved in the Ffrash training are being coached by a strong and professional team from KDM. Next, at Ffrash the focus is particularly on norms and values related to a business environment. The youths develop communication skills, self-evaluation skills, and integrity, as well as learning how to deal with personal problems and recognize and utilize their emotions. They also learn about interpersonal relationships that play an important role in dealing with bosses, colleagues, and clients.
Besides being taught technical skills, the Ffrash youths will receive support to develop their social skills. This is essential, as the street children generally receive very little guidance from adults throughout their lives. From time to time they get to meet and visit Ffrash customers and get the opportunity to help to sell the Ffrash products at special events, e.g. bazaars. This helps the Ffrash team understand what is expected in a business setting, both professionally and socially.
Ffrash training today
Today the Ffrash training is reduced and compromised to a one year program in the workshop for the students. This to make the Ffrash program more attractive for the youths at a time when fast money and an easy job attracts, a job that often has no future. Instead, the Ffrash training helps to empower them to succeed in society. Vocational training and professional coaching support these former street children to break out of the vicious cycle of poverty. The students learn to create a better future for themselves in an environmentally sustainable manner while learning a trade and entrepreneurial skills. During the training, the students get pocket money from Ffrash and shelter and food from KDM, as well as being part of different activities at KDM. At the end of the program, the students get help both from Ffrash and KDM to find a traineeship to hopefully start their working career. During the traineeship, the former students get sponsored from Ffrash, KDM or some of our partners.