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The Gurney Training Centre for the Blind

Blindness need not be the end of everything. The Gurney Training Centre can be your gateway to a new life of hope, opportunities, productivity and meaningful living.

The Gurney Training Centre (GTC) was set up in 1953 and its main objective is to provide the blind with rehabilitation and vocational training services.


  • Rehabilitation training
  • Counseling
  • Casework
  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Techniques of daily living
  • Communication skills
  • Social skills
  • Recreational activities

Vocational Training Courses:

  • Industrial work
  • Woodwork
  • Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Telephony
  • Computer literacy
  • Computer programming
  • Enrichment courses


This programme you will be able to acquire knowledge and skills aimed at preparing you for employment. The courses available include woodwork, massage, telephony and information communication technology. English language courses are also available. The duration of the courses ranges from 1 - 2 semesters.


This programme is aimed at those who become blind later on in their lives. Its objective is to provide the necessary guidance for the client to readjust themselves to their new condition. Through this programme, you have the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills in orientation and mobility, daily living skills, cooking, Braille, touch-typing, computer literacy and social skills. The duration of this programme is 1 semester (5 months).


Through the co-curricular programme you are offered further opportunities for personal development, enrichment and relaxation. The activities include indoor games as chess, scrabble, carrom, pingpong, goalball and bowling. A gymnasium is available for the promotion of physical fitness. The outdoor activities include swimming, tandem-riding, camping and excursions.


All trainees are provided food and board at our hostel. However, those living in the Klang Valley are encouraged to commute from their homes to give opportunities to more trainees from out of the Klang Valley.


  • You can apply through your District Social Welfare Office by using the prescribed form provided. The Social Welfare Department will then refer your application to the GTC for consideration. The cost of training for successful applicants will be borne by the Social Welfare Department.
  • For those who are employed before they become blind, they can request their employers to pay for their cost of training. In such cases, application can be made directly to the GTC.
  • Employees who become blind who are making SOCSO contributions can also apply through SOCSO. In such cases, application can be made directly to us by SOCSO who shall bare all the cost of training.

There are 2 admissions in a year i.e. in January and July. Successful applicants will receive an offer letter from the GTC giving further information on their training programme.

Please download and complete GTC Application Form

Kindly contact the GTC Office for further information at Tel. No. 03-22722677 ext. 201 or 202 from Monday - Thursday between 8:30 am - 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Friday between 8:30 am - 12:00 pm and 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm, and Saturday between 8:30 am - 1:00 pm (off on 2nd and 4th Saturdays).

Good wishes for an interesting and productive programme at the GTC.


Established in 1958

Training Centre : Taman Harapan, 28000 Temerloh, Pahang
Telephone : (09) 297 2303
Fax : (09) 297 2024
Email : info@mab.org.my
Capacity : 30 trainees
Age : 16 to 45 years

Services and Vocational Training Courses:

Evaluation and Adjustment Programmes

  • Orientation & Mobility
  • Techniques of daily living
  • Basic communication skills
  • Recreational activities
  • Case study

Skills training

  • Agriculture (planting of fruit trees, vegetables, etc)
  • Horticulture (potted plants, nursery, budding)
  • Animal Husbandry (rearing chicken, ducks, goats and fish)
  • Handicrafts (local crafts in rattan, mengkuang)


  • To provide follow-up and aftercare services
  • Resource centre helps to coordinate the sale of products of home-workers

Please download and complete Taman Harapan Application Form.

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