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Graduates Urged to Pay it Forward

Published:Friday | February 27, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Noel DaCosta – chairman of the D&G Foundation, presents the Trailblazer Award to valedictorian Ann-Marie McGeachy of Project Grow, during the Diageo/Red Stripe Learning for Life graduation last Thursday at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel.
Dianne Ashton-Smith (left) head of Corporate Relations, Red Stripe, and Yaneek Page, managing director, Future Services International Limited, stop to smile for our lens during the Diageo/Red Stripe Learning for Life graduation.
DIAGEO West executive members, from left: Louise Prashad, human resources director; Renato Gonzalez, general manager, transformation; Martin Descotte, general manager, Argentina; Cristina Diezhandino, general manager, Caribbean and Central America; and Ed Solando, general manager, Fitz and Border, look on as they are entertained by the Silver Birds Steel Band during the Learning for Life Graduation on Thursday at The Jamaica Pegasus.

Eighty persons graduated from the Diageo Learning for Life skills-training programme held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel last Thursday. The graduates successfully completed training in bartending, cassava cultivation and received certification from the Human Employment And Resource Training Trust National Training Agency (HEART/NTA).

Guest speaker, Yaneek Page, managing director, of Future Services International Limited, and creator of 'The Innovators' TV show, told graduates that their future success was in their hands.

"Red Stripe has given you a significant opportunity. They've made an investment in you so it is now your duty to make the most of it, share the knowledge you've learnt and pay it forward. The sustainability of the programme relies on the impact you will go out and make, based on the training you've received," said Page.

Red Stripe's managing director, Cedric Blair, said each graduation represents a proud moment in his career as Red Stripe gets to play an active role in uplifting and inspiring Jamaicans.




"Over the life of the programme, we've invested more than $60 million in training. We have made this investment simply because we believe in Jamaica, and believe we have a duty to inspire our young men and women to greatness. It is an investment in the abilities and confidence of a generation of young people struggling for opportunity," Blair said.

Launched in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2008, Learning for Life is an award-winning and globally recognised skills and training programme designed to transform the lives of people in the different communities in which Diageo conducts business.

The programme has impacted more than 100,000 lives over the past seven years. In Jamaica, more than 11,000 persons have been trained and graduated.