First batch of students completes training at Glendevon centre
Barrington Flemming, Gleaner Writer
The pioneering cohort of 90 students at the Glendevon Centre of Excellence in Montego Bay is being assessed for competency in levels one and two of their skill areas after completing nine months of training.
The cohort comprises four groups that underwent training in housekeeping, data operations, waiting (restaurant service), and front office operations.
Adenike Stephenson, western coordinator of the Citizens Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), under which the centre falls, told The Gleaner that they are optimistic that the trainees, some of whom have already secured employment, would receive excellent assessment results.
"The assessment has been going great so far, with one group already receiving full level one [certification] for all participants, so we are awaiting the grades for the others … . We are sure they will come out shining as well," Stephenson said.
The assessment is expected to be completed by the end of September, after which the graduation ceremony will be held.
Stephenson indicated that they are preparing to accept a new cohort of trainees for which the greater emphasis would be on skills and catering mainly to young men.
The centre was established in 2013 to help to steer at-risk youth away from crime and violence, as well as empower them with skills to make them employable or to start their own businesses.
The centre has the capacity to accommodate 200 persons for training at any given time.