Charlestown-Nevis- The Youth and Sports Department, effectively brought an end to the 2019 edition of its Summer job Attachment program, which is a program where school leavers across the island, are integrated into the real world of work, prior to their actual graduation from school.
The impressive ceremony was held at the St. Paul’s Anglican conference room, on Thursday 8th August.
The proceedings were ably chaired by Miss Cordecia Walters, with opening prayer given by Randeesha Maynard and the national anthem sung by all present.
In giving an overview of the program, Ag. Director of the Youth Department, Miss Kerdis Clarke, noted that it was the 17th edition of the program and that fifty –five individuals would have gone through the entire process, from interview stage to their graduation day.
She noted that the program involved the interviewing of the participants; a training session and interaction with specially chosen mentors, who assisted them in preparing for their work assignments.
She took time out to thank the participating businesses for allowing the young people a chance to experience the real world of work.
She indicated that the reviews from the business owners were generally good and applauded the participants for adhering to the values and principles that they were taught.
She however mentioned some of the participants who excelled as follows:
Most outstanding trainee-Shoy-Ann Chapman
Most improved trainee-Dashella Richards
Best leader-Aina Detouche
Most courageous-Angelique Liverpool
Most social-Emoyon Grant
Best career group-The Law enforcement group
Best interviewee-Alexander Calderon Richards
Most punctual-Lauren Lawrence
Most helpful-Brandon Meade
Best pitch-Shoy-Ann Chapman
Also giving brief remarks, was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Development, Mr. Keith Glasgow, who informed the participants that within the work place, there are basically two types of workers:
One type of worker is the one who is well loved by the supervisors and coworkers; dedicated to the job, punctual etc and the other type is the individual who is a slouch on the job, always complaining about something; not being productive and is the type that is not wanted by anybody at all.
He challenged them to all commit to being the type who is wanted by all and noted that the key to success would be to adopt good work ethics.
Two of the participants, Aina Detouche and Ordell Griffin, gave outstanding testimonials about their work experience and the representatives from the Physical Planning Department and the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, also gave glowing testimonials about their respective interns.
The participants were then presented with their certificates by PS Glasgow and the business representatives present, were also presented with certificates of appreciation, along with the mentors.
The vote of thanks was delivered by Youth Development officer, Stephan Joseph.