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May 3, 2021

Youth Service Providers Amalgamated

Kevin Bernard

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and E-Governance, through its Department of Youth Services, has amalgamated youth services providers under one umbrella program called the National Belize Training Institute. The Gateway Youth Center, The Belize Youth Cadet Corp, the Frank Lizama Training Center and the National Four-H Agriculture Development Center have all been streamlined under the institute where the competence-based education training module will be used and serve as a pre-requisite into ITVET. On Friday, the training institute hosted a two day sensitization session. Here’s more from Minister of Youth Kevin Bernard.


Kevin Bernard, Minister of Youth

“One of the things that is very critical when we de decided to do the amalgamation and to ensure that our programmatic areas are merged into one institute here in the Belize area and then what we did was to look at the western, central and similar what we want to do and achieve in the north. It is critical, why, because it brings all the competencies together, it brings the various programmatic themes together and they are able to then expand on the initiatives that we ought to achieve over the next few years. What is critical though is that these people that are here today – their capacity is being further built so that they can start and transform the program that already existed and can have a better impact to the life of the youth – those young people we are going to be training. But what we want to achieve with all this is that we want to reach out to those seventy thousand plus youths out there and that is critical and the end result is that we want to ensure that these young people are employable at the end of the training.”


The National Belize Training Institute is divided into the central region at mile twenty-one, former known as the Youth Cadet Corp; the western region formerly known as the National Four-H; the northern region at Rhaburn Ridge, formerly the C.Y.D.P. agricultural farm at mile thirty-seven on the Philip Goldson Highway.

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