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Some 103 civil servants in Montego Bay, St. James received Certificates of Participation on February 9, for courses completed at the Montego Bay Community College under the Public Sector Employee Training Programme.
The Public Sector Employee Training Programme forms part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Government of Jamaica (GoJ) and the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU), representing public sector workers, on February 19, 2004. The MoU, while addressing key fiscal and monetary issues, also considered the human development needs of the public sector workforce.
Being implemented by the Cabinet Office, the training programme runs in collaboration with institutions across the island, with training being carried out in more than 60 courses, including vocational subjects and a range of Information Technology areas.
The graduates were trained in the areas of; international cuisine, cake baking and decorating, food preparation and service, interior decorating, entrepreneurship, basic computing, computer graphics and electrical installation.
Giving the main address at the graduation ceremony, Regional Director for the Western Regional Health Authority, Dr. Sheila Campbell-Forrester, urged the graduates to consider the completion of the courses as the beginning of a new phase of their lives.
She told them that they are pioneers in their own right and must view with pride the fact that other persons would want to follow in their footsteps with regard to the training programme.
Dr. Campbell-Forrester urged the graduates to aim at shedding the long held belief that public service workers do not pay adequate attention to the needs of their customers.
“I say to you, having gone through this training, that we as public servants can bring a new image to our organizations..we need to become the movers and shakers and to understand that the customer comes first,” she stated.
She urged them to strive for excellence and to believe in themselves. Dr. Campbell-Forrester further advised the graduates to develop a vision of their future, bearing in mind that the world was dynamic and thus the need to reinvent and reassess themselves and their goals.
Several of the graduates gave testimonies of the sacrifices they had made to attend their classes and all commended the training programme as a worthwhile benefit coming out of historic MoU.

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