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Open Day a success

Published:Saturday | March 24, 2012 | 12:00 AM

The Maxfield Avenue-based Professional Development Institute (PDI) and Girls' Town was abuzz with activities yesterday during its Open Day.

"Jobs are scarce but if you have a skill, you can make work for yourself," said Percival Palmer, executive director of the skills training institute. The theme for the day was '47 Not Out Howzat! Skills Powering Jamaica's Prosperity in the 21st Century'.

"We need to be here ... looking for a way to empower young people. We want to be part of what the new Jamaica will look like," said Palmer.

Various skills

PDI offers courses in cosmetology, food preparation, housekeeping, and early-childhood education and guests were given guided tours of the different departments. They could try their hand at the various skills, including towel design, or even those looking for a 'fix up' could get their hair and nails done. There was also a wedding theme to the day, that idea coming from student Evadney Bruce.

"We (Jamaicans) have a lot of weddings and there's a variety now in how you plan weddings, and people love going to weddings," she explained. "Every department put in their ideas."

The day's highlight was a mock wedding and concert. The institute will be hosting a fund-raising fun day today.