NW St Ann residents grab at 2nd Chance
Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
BROWN'S TOWN, St Ann:
MEMBER OF Parliament for North West St Ann Dr Dayton Campbell has created a programme to which there will be no end, it seems.
Last year, he initiated a skills training programme for his constituents, offering the opportunity to residents to get certified in a range of skills training for free. At the end, 524 persons graduated.
Last week Wednesday, at the launch of the 2015 programme, which has been rebranded The Dayton Campbell 2nd Chance Initiative Programme, hundreds of residents turned out at the St Hilda's High School auditorium in Brown's Town seeking to get on board this year.
Based on the huge turnout, it seems Campbell will be hard pressed to keep the number of beneficiaries this year at the 600 that he has targeted.
This year, training is being offered in the areas of bartending, bar and beverage supervision, customer service, waitering and merchandising. Participants will receive NCTVET qualifications upon completion of the three-month-long courses.
Training sessions will be held at Bamboo Primary and Junior High School, Runaway Bay All-Age School, Discovery Bay All-Age and Brown's Town Primary schools. The programme is being funded through the Member of Parliament's Constituency Development Fund.
LOTS OF HAPPY FACES
There were lots of happy faces as people turned out for the launch. The occasion presented a second chance, in many aspects, for many of those who turned out.
A friend of Melissa Campbell had sent her the information about the progamme on Facebook, and she registered for the programme, choosing bartending.
She has experience but has never had formal training. She was happy for the opportunity.
"This programme will allow me to be certified and I really, really appreciate it," Campbell told Rural Xpress. She hopes the certification will enhance her ability to get a job upon completion.
For about a decade, Roberta Francis has been a waiter, working at a hotel in Runaway Bay. Despite her years of experience, she has never been certified.
With the advent of the free training offered by The Dayton Campbell 2nd Chance Initiative Programme, Francis is making sure to get that situation rectified.
"I have 10 years' experience and I want to be certified so that if I get a chance to do an overseas programme, I will have a certificate to show," Francis stated.
In fact, she explained she is actively pursuing the option over gaining employment overseas.
"I am seeking to go on the hotel programme this year. This certificate will help me to move forward to achieve my goals. I'm really grateful for this opportunity."
Claudette Palmer possesses a certificate in supervisory management but needs to be certified in bar and beverage supervision, so she has enlisted.
"I'm glad for the opportunity. I think I will do better in the bar field," she said.
Meanwhile, Campbell said he was pleased with what transpired last year with the programme and is hoping that this year will be even better.
"Yes, I was satisfied. Last year, we were able to have a graduation of 524 persons in November. This year, we're hoping for 600," Campbell disclosed.
He said several of those from last year have gained employment.
"I'm satisfied with what I'm seeing here today with the turnout and I'm encouraged by the fact that we've gotten HEART (Trust National Training Agency) to come on board. At the end of the training, HEART will be working with them in getting properly prepared for an interview and how to write their résumé."
Campbell said training will be offered in the areas of cosmetology, housekeeping and food and beverage and food preparation. These will be conducted at the Brown's Town Community College. Persons will receive the HEART Trust National Training Agency Level Two certification upon completion.