Vera School is an institution for life-long learning.
There is no formal autism specific training course at any tertiary institution in the Western Cape. The school constantly approach the private sector for funds to pay external professionals in the field to train our staff in essential autism specific approaches. We have devised a staff training model that empowers staff to implement acquired knowledge in a confident and responsible way. We see only limited value in training where a few staff members are exposed to input and then expected to bring about change. Staff training is continuous and extends to all sectors of our staff complement. It is regarded as crucial for quality service delivery.
There is a formal in-house staff training slot for professional staff every week and training for other staff members at regular intervals. Sourcing funding for the more ambitious operations remains an annual priority.
At the beginning of 2010 the staff came back to school a day early to finalise administrative tasks as PECS trainers from the UK offered training during the first week. It was the third time that these competent professionals capacitated our staff to implement PECS effectively.
When training is relevant to our context, staff attend training which is presented by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED).