By BBN Staff: Today, the The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), held a ceremony marking its fifth year of operations, in lieu of the actual date, October 6.
During the brief ceremony held at its office at the ITVET compound in Belize City, the organization shared its history and notable accomplishments during its operations.
Since its inception on October 6th, 2014, BTEC, a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) has trained a total of 1,600 persons in job preparedness trainings in various industries across Belize; of which 74% are currently employed. Additionally, the centre has executed professional development workshops through partnerships with both the public and private sector to 1,745 employees.
Christine Smith, Director of BTEC, explained that the institution started off giving Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) training, and overtime branched off into Hospitality, Bartending and Home Care training. Smith said that, of all BTEC’s achievements, she is most proud of the work they have done with prisoners and women through the BA1 Program facilitated by the Ministry of Human Development.
“We know that for the trainings that we have done with the prison, persons that are in the prison still have managed to access employment within the prison system. We know for the ladies in the BA1 Program, we know that a lot of the ladies who took that training and got seed capital have businesses amd of those who might have started a business and it didn’t work out a good number of them are gainfully employed,” Smith said.
She added that BTEC is currently working on a 5-year strategic plan, to chart how to offer trainings in new fields while maintaining the trainings currently being offered.