308 Graduates from Skills Training Programme
308 young persons from various communities island-wide are now better equipped, following the successful completion of various skills training programmes organized by the Youth Development Division.
The students were presented with the certificates of completion, during a well-attended graduation ceremony on Wednesday May 28th 2014 at the Arawak House of Culture under the theme, ‘Empowering Youth for Nation Building.’
Speaking at the ceremony, Youth Development Officer, Kerry Ann Remie, reemphasized a statement by the International Labour Organization (ILO), that skills development is an essential element in improving the employability and potential productivity of an individual.
The young persons were engaged in various skills programmes including; computer literacy, small appliance repair, computer maintenance, dry wall construction, hair styling, plumbing, blue print reading and building maintenance.
Acting Chief Youth Development Officer, John Roach, noted, the holistic approach to youth development is what differentiates the Youth Division’s programmes from others who provide similar services.
Roach added, in order to respond to the demands of regional integration and prepare young people for regional and or international job markets, the Division has embarked on a curriculum initiative for all modules under the Youth Skills Training Programmes.
The curriculum initiative focuses on the Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQ’s), and the process will continue until every youth skills training module has a curriculum that is at the level of CVQ standard, he stated.
Roach advised the graduands to build on the foundation established with the completion of their various skills training programmes, while remaining steadfast in their quest to self-development.