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Jan 4, 2012

Magazine Road Skills Training Center Programme

Youths between the ages of fourteen and eighteen, who dropped out of school, can look forward to skill training in four different disciplines. Earlier today, the Magazine Road Skills Training Center programme was introduced today by the Ministry of Education and Youth. The center also aims to empower the students by providing them with employable skills. News Five’s Andrea Polanco reports.

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

The Ministry of Education & Youth officially launched the Magazine Road Skills Training Centre, today. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education & Youth says the new structure is symbolic of the journey that the youth will undertake within its halls, and that the life-skills training is geared to equip them for the world beyond the centre:

Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber, Minister of Education & Youth

“This youth and education skills training center is intended to provide our Belizean young people a second chance at a productive life by learning tactical and life skills. It, like the restoration, and transformation of this facility, they too will have a second chance at restoring and transforming their lives. Yes, here at the Youth Education Training Center it is our intention to do just that, to ensure that those who study here acquire not only practical skills for a particular job but acquire other supporting skills, including those like we just mention; that they may not just make a living, but perhaps more importantly make a life. Youths primarily between the ages of fourteen and eighteen will have the opportunity of accessing and benefitting from skills training including life skills as well.”

Enid Oshon

Manager of the institution, Enid Oshon, says that the centre through its four core areas, seeks to create immeasurable opportunities for the students:

Enid Oshon, Manager, Skills Training Center

“For the six months we have four areas that we will be concentrating on base on demand, and that has to do with barbering, hospitality/front office, the sewing and I.T repair, being the most in demand. To put it in a nutshell, it is to create the opportunity for youths who have maybe dropped out of school to maybe pursue an education of their choice to come here and get skills of their choice to get out there and to create employment for themselves, get back into the regular school system or get back into one of the ITVET’s to further their skills.”

Minister Faber tasked the students to maximize the use of the facilities and seize the opportunities:

Patrick Faber

“To you the young people who are participating in this program, we hope that you utilize this second chance that you’ve been given to acquire skills, we hope will not only allow you make a living but more importantly to make a life. We also hope that you will be shining examples to other young people of what they can do, once they set their minds to it.”

Upon completion of the six month cycle programme, the students will be certified. The first intake, which started today, comprises of ninety-nine students. Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

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1 Response for “Magazine Road Skills Training Center Programme”

  1. Earl Grey says:

    Patrick Faber, who is getting FAT, will always be held responsible for THE UNTIMELY DEATH OF Mr. CHARLES GOODE.

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