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80 receive certification under CTEP training programme

Guest speaker Mrs Dorothy Beek (right) is presented with a gift by one of the CTEP gratuates. Guest speaker Mrs Dorothy Beek (right) is presented with a gift by one of the CTEP gratuates.
MONTEGO BAY, December 19, 2014 - Eighty trainees in hospitality skills were on Sunday awarded certificates of completion under the Community Training for Empowerment Programme (CTEP) at the Mt. Reece Methodist Church, Cambridge St. James.

 The eighty was part of the 125 persons who enrolled in the 13th batch of trainees of the CTEP programme to be trained in marketable hospitality skills for the tourism industry such as Housekeping, waitering, bartending, front office, information technology, conversational spanish, sign language as well as values and attitudes.

CTEP Principal Ms Claudette Glegg said this was the tenth year of the programme which is being operated by the South St. James Development Trust in partnership with HEART Trust NTA, under the aegis of the Member of Parliament Hon. Derrick Kellier.  

She said the programme has so far graduated over 1200 persons of which approximately 75 percent have been gainfully employed both locally and overseas as a result of the skills gained under the programme.

Ms Glegg pointed out that CTEP training was open to all persons in need of training and certification who are above the age of 18 and does not take into consideration political affiliation, gender or age. In Fact, she pointed out that this year a sixty eight year old trainee graduated with a certificate in hospitality skills. 

In addition the programme this year included two differently abled wheelchair persons, who were certified in front office procedures, and who were sponsored by radio personality Miss Khadine Hylton also known as Miss Kitty.

The CTEP Principal noted that partial funding for the programme was provided by the Hon. Derrick Kellier under his Constituency Development Fund through the Social Development Commission.

Guest Speaker at the graduation, Mrs Dorothy Beek of the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort in the United States, congratulated the graduates pointing out that they were part of a tremendous programme which over the years had developed a great track record.

She pointed out that there were a number of CTEP gratuates who were working with her at the Omni Hilton in South Carolina who she would like to clone as a result of their excellent work ethic.

Mrs Beek refered to them as great ambassadors for Jamaica and urged the graduates to copy their example and be the best that they can be wherever they were placed within the hospitality industry.

Member of Parliament and Minister of Labour congratulated the graduates and called on persons who have not had the benefit of skill training to join the programme. He said those who persons  who did not get to complete the programme because they were affected by the Chick V should return to the program and their tuition would be covered by him.

Minister Kellier congratulated Miss Glegg and her staff for operating the programme consistently over these past ten years and for ensuring the certification of over twelve hundred persons most of whom have joined the work force and were earning a decent living.


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