“You have opportunities that never before existed in Tobago; embrace them or lose them.” This was the advice given by Administrator of the Division of Sport and Youth Affairs, Gillian Titus to the trainees of the World of Work programme’s 10th cycle during their graduation ceremony on Thursday August 29, 2019 at the Ann Mitchell-Gift Auditorium of the Scarborough Library Facility. Approximately 100 trainees received their certificates for their participation in the programme, which comprised of a week of skills training, a day of interviews and a month of hands-on work experience. The graduation ceremony served as a true celebration of progressive youth. The event was truly a celebration of progressive youth as trainees not only hosted the ceremony, but provided entertainment and shared testimonials as well.
Trainee Leilani Chance shared, “The World of Work Programme has been very beneficial to me. I was placed at Tobago Channel 5 and my experience was out of this world. We were enlightened in the various forms of media specifically: news reporting, voice presentation, videography and voice editing. Also, we did a bit of radio announcing at Pulse 89.5 fm. I would say that the programme is rewarding to young individuals like myself and I would encourage others to apply in the future. Thanks to this experience, I am now more aware of the love I have for media, and will continue to chase my dream.” Shanice Scipio is also walking away with renewed vigor for her passion. “It has been my dream to be a Marine Biologist or a Veterinarian and through the World of Work Programme 2019 I got the opportunity to see what that would be like first hand as I was placed at the Tobago Animal Hospital. Initially I was very nervous but that didn’t last long as my employers made me feel comfortable and made sure I understood everything they were doing. In the end, my experience was excellent and I’m sure this is the path I want to do down,” Shanice says.
Bringing remarks from the programme’s corporate sponsor, the Mt. Pleasant Credit Union, Marketing Supervisor Judy Radgman notes, “We have a good set of trainees here in front of us. They have dreams and we have to continue encouraging and supporting them. Mt Pleasant Credit Union is excited to be a key stakeholder in the World of Work Programme for 2019. This year makes it three years since our relationship has started and we want to thank the Division for considering us to be a part of this programme.”
Noting that the initiative’s objective has been achieved, Programme Coordinator in the Department of Youth Affairs, Julien Skeete emphasized, “This year stands for us as an outstanding milestone for the World of Work Programme, because it signals the 10th year of execution having started in 2009 as an entity recognising the need to fill, and to build, that skills gap within the context of our students that move from Secondary School and transition to the world of work.”