Thirty-three young men and women from communities across the island are better equipped to obtain employment, having graduated from the adult literacy and social skills intervention programme under the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III.
The graduation exercise was held on December 5 at the Sagicor Auditorium, St Andrew, where participants were presented with certificates and special awards for improvement in literacy and numeracy, most congenial and overall achievement.
CSJP III partnered with the Assessment, Counselling, Training and Support (ACTS) Consultancy to engage the participants in prevocational literacy, numeracy and social skills over a one-year period.
“Next year, you are going to continue with your education. You have come too far.”— CSJP Programme Manager, Orville Simmonds
Programme participants also received training in academic and behaviour intervention, mentorship for job preparation, as well as individual counselling sessions.
CSJP Programme Manager, Orville Simmonds, who brought remarks at the ceremony, congratulated the participants and encouraged them to pursue advanced education and vocational opportunities.
He noted that while the third and final phase of CSJP will conclude at the end of the year, the training component will continue through an arrangement with HEART Trust/NTA.
“There are about 220 youngsters like you in other programmes, whom, we have committed, we will not leave behind. Next year, you are going to continue with your education. You have come too far. The journey is not yet finished, and we will take you further,” he said.