Graduates gain Passport2Success

| 27/12/2017
CNS Local Life

(L-R) Mia Morrison, Keeron Ebanks and Ashley Allen share photos and memories of the programme

(CNS Local Life): The Passport2Success programme recently held its 19th graduation at which 19 young adults were celebrated as the newest alumni of the workplace-preparedness programme. Earning certificates at the 14 December event were Ashley Allen, Shamar Bodden, Gabriella Carbajal, Toni-Ann Chambers, Abigail Ebanks, Keeron Ebanks, Shania Ebanks, Abigail Ferguson, Coriah Hill, Christina Lynch, Jonassi Mclean, Mia Morrison, Isiah Powery, Brooke Smith, Asahni Sommerville, Charlee Walton, Joshua Watler, Justis Watler, and Raheem Whittaker.

This group had the most male graduates (nine) of any cohort to date.

The event was organised and hosted by the young people, stated a government press release. Abigail Ebanks and Isiah Powery served as the masters of ceremonies. Shania Ebanks recited an inspirational poem. The programme also offered some humour through a skit that featured impersonations of various students and programme facilitators. Students also shared their memories and experiences in a slide show of photographs and through personal reflections.

Human Resources Councillor Austin Harris and Ministry of Human Resources Chief Officer Wesley Howell also attended the graduation.

Addressing the graduates, Harris offered congratulations and words of encouragement. He noted that while the programme provided participants with the skills to gain employment, more importantly it taught them skills to maintain employment.

“You’ve had to overcome obstacles to complete this programme and you will continue to have to overcome obstacles. However, I have faith that you all have the resilience to do just that,” said Harris. After the councillor’s remarks, Howell presented the graduates with their certificates.

Five graduates received special recognition. Isiah Powery was recognised for his growth and development throughout the course, while Keeron Ebanks was lauded for his dedication. A light was shone on Shania Ebank’s leadership skills, while Ashley Allen was named the programme’s rising star. Joanassi Mclean, who at 16 is the youngest of the cohort, earned recognition as the most outstanding participant.

Passport 2 Success provides participants with training in occupational and personal skill, through work placements and volunteer work. The programme is operated by the National Workforce Development Agency (NWDA) and facilitated by The Wellness Centre.

The NWDA is now accepting applications for the next cohort for Caymanians aged 17-23, which will be starting in January 2018.

For more information, call (945-3114) or email the NWDA

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Category: Education, Training, Youth

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Good job. Try for more participation.