Students with special needs gain work experience
After completing six month work training at Villa Rotana, Rihab Rotana and Rimal Rotana, the second group of special needs students from Rashid Centre for Disabled had an incredible life changing and learning experience. The students have been trained in order to acquire vocational skills to help them in the future with better job opportunities when they graduate from the centre.
This hotels initiative, a first-of-its-kind humanitarian project initiated in the UAE in 2009, was launched with an aim to open the door to specialised training of special needs students. Each year, the project receives in each of the three hotels, between three and six Rashid Centre students selected by the Centre’s management to receive six to eight months of training under the supervision of the Centre’s social assistance cell and the human resource department of the hotels.
Mr. Kinan Al Ghraoui, General Manager of Villa Rotana, Rihab Rotana and Rimal Rotana said: “Villa Rotana, Rihab Rotana and Rimal Rotana are always committed to support young students with special needs and make them get familiar with a real work environment. They are gaining professional skills that will help them get jobs in similar areas,”
“Villa, Rihab and Rimal Rotana colleagues fully take the students under their wings and teach them everything they need to know. It’s amazing how they embrace the students and maintain high expectations for them.” Mr. Al Ghraoui said.
Each year after their graduation, the hotels organize a ceremony where all the participants receive a graduation certificate from Rotana Hotels and Resorts.