(May 30, 2012) Yesterday, Tuesday May 29, 2012, one hundred and thirty nine (139) trainees of the first OECS Skills for Inclusive Growth project graduated with National and Caribbean Vocational Qualifications in the Construction and Hospitality Sectors.
The graduates were briefly addressed by Prime Minister Kenny D. Anthony who expressed his pleasure and delight at attending the ceremony. Dr Anthony told the graduates that the moment was special because the project was conceptualized and developed during his previous tenure.
Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony reflected on the rationale for this project, citing the reality of the introduction of competition on the job market as a result of the CSME and other such initiatives. Dr. Anthony stated,
“The OECS Skills for Inclusive Growth Project was conceptualized to provide certification for our population so that they may be able to access opportunities throughout the OECS and CARICOM through their recognized skills…what is important in today’s global reality is the employability and mobility of our youth to participate in the ubiquitous opportunities that exist around the world. It is envisaged that through this programme, our youth will be encouraged to see the world in a more friendly light – no longer needing conflict to solve their problems, but using their skills and knowledge to enhance and upgrade themselves.”
Prime Minister Anthony applauded the graduates and urged them to continue to believe in themselves and the possibilities that the future holds. He stressed the importance of maintaining a high standard, as this would undoubtedly increase their marketability and growth.
The Prime Minister also sounded a note of praise to the staff, training providers and all employers involved in the traineeship and permanent placements, for their dedication and hard work, which contributed to the success of a vision to prepare the skilled sector for today’s global reality.