Friday, February 6, 2015. GWEN NUNEZ GONZALEZ Reporting: Thirty four proud and energetic young leaders received their job readiness certificates today at the George Price Center in Belmopan after completing three weeks of training in soft and technical skills.
This initiative was coordinated by Belize Training and Employment Center (BTEC), which is a unit of Beltraide.
Two of the program’s objectives are to reduce the barriers to gainful employment and to assist employers in meeting their present and future workforce needs.
One aspect of the training is an interview session, which was held earlier today.
BTEC’s Manager, Ms. Christine Smith, applauded the young people for their commitment and dedication.
She said that team work with a committed group of leaders, including Ms. Priscilla Salam, enabled the success of the program.
Mayor Simeon Lopez also addressed the graduates and reminded them that the skills they have learnt will enable them to make better decision.
He then encouraged the learners to practice good work ethics of punctuality, time management, cleanliness, health and wellness, and effective communication.
He advised them that “it is nice to be important but it is more important to be nice”.
Ms. Anna Guy, Deputy Mayor of Belmopan and President of the Belmopan Active Youth, also addressed the young leaders. She said that the Group will strive to ensure that the members are employed and get engaged in similar programs.
Graduate Karima Dennison delivered the closing remarks and reflected on their three weeks journey.
Certificates were distributed by Mrs. Allison Brown Mckenzie, Acting Director, Department of Youth Services and Ms. Vanessa Johnston, Training and Recruitment Officer at BTEC.
Angelita Staine, Admin and Communication Officer at BTEC directed the program.
All the facilitators were recognized with a certificate of appreciation from the learners.
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