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Servol graduates told: Aim high

Friday, March 18, 2011
Rupert King, left, head of Servol’s training department, presents certificates to smiling graduates of the hospitality training programme. The graduation was held yesterday at Servol’s Beetham Life Centre, Beetham Gardens. The students’ training was facilitated by the Kapok Hotel, St Clair. PHOTO: DILIP SINGH

Graduates of Servol’s various training programmes were advised yesterday to take advantage of initiatives implemented by the Government to ensure their future success. The advice came from Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education representative Keith Jackson who spoke on behalf of Minister Fazal Karim. Karim was unable to attend because of another engagement. “The world is being shaped not by politicians but by people with purpose,” said Jackson. He gave students a history lesson on the birth of Servol, explaining it was founded during a period of social change in T&T. “We would have been worse off without the intervention of institutions like Servol,” he added.

He encouraged  graduates to look at the possibilities available to them as endless and highlighted various Government educational initiatives that could take them further in their chosen disciplines. Jackson encouraged students to explore options for courses, such as the retraining programme offered by the ministry under the reintroduced YTEPP and encouraged them to go after their regional certification in the form of Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ). He added Government had assessed the needs and demands of the job market and with the expansion of several universities and the expansion of GATE, students interested in pursuing technical skills would benefit greatly.

“Use these instruments so you can chart a course that guarantees a fruitful and productive life,” said Jackson. Servol executive director Martin Pacheco said Servol and the ministry soon would be signing a memorandum of agreement which would bring their Adolescent Development Programme (ADP)/ Skills Programme under the domain of the ministry. A total of 313 trainees graduated from the programme yesterday.