The Pardo-Valcarce Occupational Centre was established in 1991. It is a place where young people with intellectual disabilities can receive occupational training and progress towards a more-than-likely job placement. Initially, it was only for students who were completing their studies at the Niño Jesús del Remedio Centre for Special Education, but later it was opened up to any young person with intellectual disabilities who needed it.
Since the 1st of March, 2002 it has been a Community of Madrid-Subsidized Centre, and since this date it has been run according to the laws of this Community. Currently it has 122 subsidized places plus 20 private ones. The training provided is adapted to the interests and needs of each of the users of the workshops, it helps them acquire the same skills and working pace as those of a worker in an ordinary company.
To achieve these goals, the workshops have:
- Incentives: A fixed monthly “allowance” for each user, which may be increased for outstanding attendance, punctuality, work, camaraderie, and compliance with standards.
This in-house financial system uses tokens that are called Fuencarrales.
- Employment Office and Special Employment Centre: when a user has acquired the aforesaid the skills and working pace, the next step is to find a job opportunity in either a Special Employment Centre or an ordinary company.
- Meetings: every Friday the monitors and users of each workshop meet to discuss the weekly events and try to resolve any issues that may have arisen.
- Personal development groups: according to their needs, the users of the Occupational Centre work in groups on different skills so that they are more independent and can handle money, transportation, new technologies, self-control, etc.
- Representatives meeting: every three months, the representatives chosen by each workshop meet to come up with ways to improve and increase satisfaction together.
- Psychosocial area: users and their families are given assistance to develop life goals and on how to attain them through a personalised plan.
Our Occupational Centre organises the following workshops:
Concerted Center with the Ministry of Social Affairs of the Community of Madrid